Porn addiction

CBT’s positive results for the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction are also beginning to be recognised in the facilitation of recovery from addiction to pornography and sex. Where traditional psychodynamic methods look to family issues and early development as an explanation for sexual addictions, CBT guides the person towards a confrontation with their current thoughts and beliefs about sex, and a recognition of the unhealthy or harmful nature of their behaviours. The focus of therapy is very much in the present, and on adaptive proactive solutions.

Often the person will be tasked with ridding their life of factors that are facilitating their addiction (similar to an alcoholic being asked to pour all the alcohol in their house down the drain): this may involve disposing of pornographic materials, setting up web filters, and developing pleasurable non-sexual activities and relationships. By concentrating on problem-solving in the present (rather than lingering on the past), CBT is able to provide helpful and productive solutions to a range of sexual concerns.

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