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  1. Pornography Addiction and the Brain

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    Research has been conducted about how pornography affects the brain. More than ten years ago, porn was deemed an ‘erototoxin,’ the theory being that the brain itself may be damaged while watching porn. Speculation ensued that future brain studies may reveal a surge of neurochemicals and hormones were released when someone watches porn and has negative effects on the brain. Recent studies are coming to light which validate this connection.

    Brain Scans

    Valerie Voon conducted research for a documentary on the effects of porn on the brain. It led her to conclude that the brains of habitual users of porn show similarities to brains of alcoholics. A brain structure called the ventral striatum plays a significant role in the reward system of the brain or reward pathways. It is the same part which lights up when an alcoholic sees a photo of a drink. The cingulate cortex is weakened over time by viewing porn which is the region of the brain responsible for moral and ethical decision making and willpower.

    Brain Chemicals at Work

    Various hormones and neurotransmitters are at work when a person views porn and each one in the neuro-cocktail contributes to the problem:

    • When having sex or watching porn, dopamine is released into the brain center responsible for emotion and learning. It supplies pleasure and next time the person craves sexual pleasure, dopamine is released and tells the person where to find the fix.
    • Norepinephrine is released which creates alertness and focus. Adrenaline does something similar in that it anticipates eagerly what is about to happen.
    • Sex or porn can trigger releases of oxytocin and vasopressin. The hormones help lay long-term memories for cells. This ‘binds’ a person’s memories to the object which gave that person sexual pleasure.
    • Endorphins are released, a natural opiate, which creates a high
    • Sexual release brings serotonin levels to a point of calmness and relaxation

    Being Hijacked by Porn

    Multiple issues arise when porn is used including the bonding of a person to an experience which is not real. The brain remembers where the high was experienced and each time it is desired, the desire will be focused on porn. An unnatural high is created which focuses on surges of brain chemicals and eventually the brain fatigues. This stops the production of dopamine which leaves the viewer wanting more but cannot reach satisfaction so the individual seeks out more intense highs (tolerance). This neurochemical and behavioral imbalance can lead to impotence, frequent masturbation without satisfaction, anxiety, fatigue, lack of motivation, inability to concentrate and escalation of tastes for more bizarre or novel porn styles.

     

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  2. 10 Signs of Sexual Addiction

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    The negative signs of sexual addiction are not always apparent. Unhealthy sexual feelings, thoughts and behaviors may lead to self-destructive consequences. Sexual addiction can get in the way of many benefits healthy relationships provide. Learn how to identify the potential signs of sexual addiction and how to help a loved one who may be struggling.

    Progressive Addiction

    Many sexual activities can be red flags of sexual addiction. Addiction to sex can get a person in trouble in many ways, mostly because it is progressive in that it starts with one behavior and, over time, eventually engages in increasingly dangerous activities such as engaging multiple partners, looking for sex in public places or doing other things which may be detrimental including:

    • Avoidance of emotional involvement in sexual relationships
    • Having anonymous partners or extramarital affairs
    • Sexually acting out against personal values
    • Frequent use of pornographic materials
    • Phone and sex internet usage (which also racks up bills)
    • Participation in masochistic or sadistic seuxal practices
    • Seeking out multiple partners
    • Fixation on unattainable partners
    • Practice of exhibitionism
    • Inability to stop behavior on own

    Sex Addiction

    If sex addiction is suspected, it is best to contact a doctor, psychiatrist or sexual specialist for an assessment. It is possible to seek necessary help and intervention with the right support. Finding loved ones or therapeutic specialists can be helpful when getting an assessment. Finding help from the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Specialists or The Society for the Advancement of  Sexual Health is a good place to start. Treatment for sexual addiction is best supplemented by attendance at support group meetings including twelve step groups for sexual addiction.

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