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Pornography Addiction Counseling

Pornography is considered the “crack cocaine” of sex addiction.  It is accessible, affordable, can be viewed anonymously and is highly addictive.  Pornography changes the brain’s chemistry by altering the synapses of the brain.  Thus, repeated viewing of pornography creates a new sexual starting template in the brain and more, new, and riskier behavior is needed to receive the same pleasurable result.  Pornography addiction, like sex addiction, is characterized by out-of-control sexualized behavior (often looking at pornography) despite sincere and persistent efforts to stop.  You may also take a free and confidential assessment here. 

​Or ask yourself if you would say yes to three or more of the following criteria.


  1. Preoccupation with finding sex online

  2. Frequently engaging in sex online more often or for longer periods of time than intended.

  3. Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back on, or stop engaging in viewing sex online.

  4. Restlessness or irritability when attempting to limit or stop engaging in sex online.

  5. Using sex online as a way of escaping from problems or to relieve feelings such as helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression.

  6. Returning to sex online in hopes of a more intense or higher risk sex experience.

  7. Lying to family members, therapists, or others about online sex activity.

  8. Committing illegal acts online. (Sending or downloading child pornography or soliciting sex acts, for example)

  9. Jeopardizing or losing a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of online sexual behavior.

  10. Incurring significant financial consequences as a result of engaging in online sexual behavior.

If you find that you have answered yes to three or more of these criteria or have tried to quit viewing porn and have been unable we invite you to contact Recovery Waters Counseling where we treat individuals struggling with porn and sex addiction, partners, and family members find the healing and understanding that is needed to live life well.        

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