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  1. Long Term Damage to Teens from Pornography Addiction

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    Pornography addiction affects teens and can inflict long term damage. With the availability of material online being freely available and peer pressure to view it, too many teens fall prey. Learning to be aware of the damage caused by porn to teens can help parents and the community understand what is at stake for young people.

    Porn Exposure

    High-speed internet and online use by teens increasing shows teens having greater than ever access to pornography. Magazines are no longer the only way to view pornographic material, it can be looked at on phones, tablets, computers, billboards, social media and much more at the touch of a button (often for free). Addiction to porn may seem unlikely but it does happen and can happen to any teen anywhere. Teens are vulnerable to addiction and lasting psychological damage due to overexposure as brains are still developing and can be skewed by teen porn addiction.

    Lasting Harm

    Teens with so much exposure have tainted the earliest sexual experiences. Instead of learning about sexuality in real life, it seems teens are gleaning it from the screen and fantasy world presented by porn. It provides young people a distorted idea of what sex, intimacy and love are really like in real-world relationships. Problems can arise as teens become adults from starting it at such a young age. The way in which teens view modern pornography is more damaging than in the past as it is available instantly online. It is more isolating and can lead to obsession and addiction. The intensity of most online porn leads to addiction more readily than old-fashioned print or video materials. Teen girls are also susceptible.

    Addiction Programs

    Addiction programs can provide teens a way to get help and repair damage done by pornographic materials. It may be tough for people with addiction to ask for help but a teen who is hooked on porn can find it embarrassing. Parents must be responsible for monitoring teen’s online activities and speaking up when there may be a problem arising. Getting help is essential early on in the process to provide teens a safe space to grow and learn about sexuality in a healthy way. Giving teens a new lease on life and the opportunity to develop healthy adult relationships is important and essential for positive development of social emotional connections.


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  2. Talking About Porn with Kids Reduces Usage

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    No parent likes the idea of their child watching pornography. Unfortunately, it’s an uncomfortable topic to tackle. If you’re debating whether or not the awkwardness would be worthwhile, take note: open conversations are tremendously valuable when it comes to preventing behavioral problems. In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Children and Media, researchers from Texas Tech University found that children are much less likely to use porn at all if their parents express negative views on pornography outwardly.

    Pornography and Sex Addiction


    Pornography refers to any printed, visual, or audio-based material designed to appeal to our sexual drive. A small but significant amount of porn users take the habit too far and fall into the same vicious cycle that characterizes any other addiction. Compulsive porn use hammers down the brain’s dopamine receptors, which makes it hard to feel happiness. At a certain point, not even the pornography is stimulating.

    In the U.S., pornography addiction doesn’t have a universally accepted definition or criteria. However, this is mostly due to stigma. We don’t want to view social media, television, or pornography as legitimate addictions, because, for many of us, that would mean we have a problem. There is a substantial body of research to support these compulsions, including effective screening tools.

    Every new study on pornography addiction, it seems, produces more startling results than the last–and nobody wants to believe this is such a capable problem. For the current generation of children, who have much more access to pornographic material thanks to smartphones and tablets, these findings are even more worrisome. How deeply affected will they be?

    Young People and Pornography Addiction


    Most young adults who use pornography casually won’t suffer a downturn in their happiness or productivity. That doesn’t mean pornography can’t contribute to their problems, though. Along with fast food, another modern-day anomaly, it’s believed to be a main culprit in early onset of sexual dysfunction.

    The study’s authors note that teenage boys and teenage girls are roughly equally as likely to have a parent who overtly expresses a negative view of pornography, even though teen boys actually consume pornography substantially more often than teen girls.

I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

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