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For most struggling individuals, it’s probably an Avoidance Cycle that makes overcoming pornography and other unwanted sexual behaviors so difficult. The advice to “just quit thinking about it,” “avoid it,” or “get it out of your mind” actually deepens the addiction! This is the worst advice there is! Understanding your intrusive thoughts, obsessions, compulsions and the Avoidance Cycle is a critical key to overcoming pornography/sexual addiction.

The Avoidance Cycle

Typically, people have normal sexual curiosity and a healthy sexual drive. This is God-given. But, sometimes a person may believe these thoughts are “bad,” “unhealthy,” “immoral” or “forbidden.” The individual tries to avoid sexual thoughts. If sexual thoughts enter his mind, or he happens to see something he interprets as sexual, he immediately goes to war and tries to force them out of his mind. These thoughts become obsessive and eventually wear the individual down. He discovers that “giving in” to masturbation, pornography, or some other sexual behavior gives him temporary relief from the terrible battle. This “acting out” for temporary relief becomes a compulsion.

For example, a young man has constantly fought the urge to look at pornography and masturbate for three days. But because sexual thoughts and urges relentlessly bombard his mind, he eventually becomes exhausted, gives in, and looks at pornography and masturbates. He experiences a powerful “neuro-chemical rush” that floods his brain and body, giving him immediate, temporary relief from the harassing and relentless thoughts. The young man then feels guilty and out of control, returns to fighting the thoughts and urges, and the process starts all over again. He is trapped in the “Avoidance Cycle.”

Through the Renaissance recovery program, you will learn how to break out of your Avoidance Cycle. Rather than fearing and fighting sexual thoughts, and giving in to sexual addiction behaviors, you will learn the tools and skills to manage your sexual thoughts and urges and direct them for good. You will learn that you can live in a “sexualized world” without being trapped in pornography and sexual addiction. You can develop a “healthy sexuality” mindset and enjoy greater peace of mind and meaningful relationships than you every thought possible.

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