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Most people naturally associate addiction with things like alcohol and other substance abuse, but another common and difficult area of addiction is pornography addiction. At Renaissance Ranch, our pornography addiction recovery programs are designed to help sufferers with the unique struggles of this disease.

Even within the porn addiction sphere, there are some misconceptions. It would be understandable to assume that only men suffer from pornography addiction, but this is far from the truth – and in fact, recent research has indicated that women are just as susceptible as men, but potentially in different ways. Let’s look at how female porn addiction differs from that of males, and how this may change the treatment approach.

Early Exposure

In a lot of cases, women begin watching pornography as teenagers just like many adolescent males, a practice made that much easier in modern times with widespread access to the internet. In most cases, this begins as a curiosity experiment – women watch porn to educate themselves and satisfy any curious urges.

These experiments can turn into something more quickly, however. Research has found that 17 percent of women consider themselves addicted to pornography. The addiction tends to develop the same way in both men and women – early exposure, increased desensitization and then full-blown addiction. But women tend to be much more secretive about their porn use, often for reasons we’ll discuss in our next section.

The Role of Guilt

Guilt is the main difference between female and male porn addiction. Pornography use is much more of a taboo subject among women, and much more generally accepted within the male community. Many women who struggle with pornography addiction feel like there’s simply something wrong with them.

In many cases, this relates back to a perceived sexual gratification women are receiving from watching other women portrayed as sexual objects. The body responds sexually to these images even as the brain is questioning their use, and this creates severe internal conflict and low self-esteem in many cases.

Effective Treatment

For the reasons above, treatment for female porn addiction involves getting below the symptoms alone and addressing the guilt and underlying causes. Identifying the true motivations for the behavior is key, and can allow subsequent therapy to be targeted in the right ways.

To learn more about our pornography addiction recovery program, or any of our addiction recovery services, speak to the experts at Renaissance Ranch today.

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