Worried about someone you know who may be at risk of porn addiction?

Porn addiction can affect anyone – people of any gender or age.

If you think someone you know is getting too obsessed about porn then here are some addiction risks you need to know about.

You need to worry about what drives these people towards the addiction.

Different addictions have different types of risks.

For example, alcohol addiction is hard to beat because of how common alcohol is at social functions.

Let’s look at what the risks are for porn addiction.

1. Porn addiction is a means to no substantial end

There is no end game to porn addiction.

There is nothing the person who is addicted is trying to achieve.

They will just keep spiraling downwards and their life will keep getting worse, without them achieving anything.

This is where porn addiction is most like other addictions.

It may not be ruining the body directly the way drug addiction does, but the afflicted person gets so obsessed with porn that they start ignoring everything else, including their health.

2. It results in social censure

One of the hardest things to do for porn addicts is to go back to become normal again.

The problem is compounded by the fact that porn addiction leads to social censure.

Instead of helping the afflicted person recover and rehabilitate, people around them start to shun them.

They think of the addict as a pervert, not realizing that addiction is the reason they can’t stop watching porn.

This makes recovery harder, as recovering requires support from the social network.

3. It is one of the leading contributors of marital problems

The stereotype of a porn watcher in our minds is a person who cannot have sex in real life and thus resorts to porn.

The reality is very different from this stereotype.

Many porn addicts are in long-term relationships, and many are married as well.

Porn addiction can end a marriage.

It is misunderstood as just a perversion instead of a real addiction, which leads to a lot of friction in a marriage.

4. The risks of porn addiction range across societies

Porn addiction isn’t limited to a certain age group, gender, race, or socioeconomic status.

A porn addict can be someone poor or rich, someone single or in a relationship, any gender, and so on.

The threat of porn addiction is present for everyone in our society.

Most people don’t fall for it, but people who do fall for it include people from all walks of life.

It isn’t a cultural problem either; the problem is present all over the world among many different cultures.

5. There is no known cure for porn addiction

One reason that porn addiction is so hard to manage is that there is no cure for it.

For other types of addictions, there are often drugs that can help manage the symptoms and the withdrawal a person goes through.

For porn addiction, the addict has to be mentally tough.

Strong willpower is required, which is a problem because willpower is one of the first things that addicts end up losing.

6. It can be triggered instantly

Porn addiction doesn’t have to be gradual.

Someone who is trying to recover from porn addiction can be instantly triggered.

They will begin watching porn, even though they know they shouldn’t.

This shows how severe porn addiction can be; it often behaves just like addiction to a drug or alcohol.

While it may be “all in the head”, it is still a very real addiction, which we need to take seriously.

Porn addicts need to be kept away from triggers.

7. Once triggered, the chances of a relapse increase tenfold

This is why porn addiction is so hard to cure.

The problem is that if they are triggered, then chances that they will act like an addict again are increased tenfold.

Instead of realizing that they made a mistake by getting triggered and watching pornography, the addicts realize that they are satisfied with porn in a way they aren’t satisfied with anything else in their lives.

8. Once the person has relapsed, recovery is exponentially more difficult

If a person relapses once, it becomes very hard for them to recover, exponentially so.

This is also true for other types of addictions.

The problem is that if people give up something for good, they may actually go through with it and beat their addiction.

However, if they relapse once and then get back on the track, then relapsing again and again just to get back on the track becomes routine.

Many addicts end up relapsing multiple times.

9. Porn addiction slowly eats away at moral fortitude

It isn’t just about watching porn – porn addicts also begin to change when it comes to their morals.

Anyone who watches hours of religious material everyday will become more religious.

People who watch porn for many hours every day end up losing sight of their morals and instead focus on what they see in porn.

10. At-risk individuals are naturally at risk with other addictions

Addiction isn’t the same for everyone.

Some people are naturally more inclined to become addicts due to the way their brains are wired.

People who get addicted to porn are also at risk of getting addicted to other substances and habits.

They have the right neural pathways for addiction and are susceptible to not realizing they are getting addicted until it is too late.

Once someone has shown that they can get addicted easily, it is smart to keep them away from addictive substances and activities.

11. It is the least healthy form of escapism

Porn addiction is escapism, but the least healthy form of escapism out there.

There are many other types of addictions which aren’t really problems.

For example, many people are addicted to listening to music and listen to music for hours every day.

There is no problem with escapism through music.

Porn, the lessons it teaches, and the way it affects the addicts’ mood make it a very unhealthy form of escapism.

12. Porn addiction results in low-self-esteem

Unlike other forms of addiction which make the addicted person feel good, porn results in negative self-perception.

When people are addicted to drugs, they feel great until they are on the drug.

The same isn’t true for people who are addicted to porn.

They often do not even enjoy the porn they are watching but they watch it anyway.

There is no euphoric feeling, no relief, nothing – just addiction which results in low self-esteem.

13. It is a catalyst for self-loathing

People who are addicted to porn are often involved in self-loathing.

They know that all the porn they watch is not healthy for them.

They also think that they cannot bring themselves to stop.

They start blaming themselves for their addiction and start hating themselves.

They don’t stop watching porn – they just hate themselves a lot whenever they do.

This also makes them withdraw from many social situations.

14. Cases of depression and self-harm are common among younger addicts

How do we know that porn addicts have problems with self-esteem? Many of the younger porn addicts are known to be depressed and they also indulge in self-harm.

Self-harm is usually more common in younger people.

While watching too much porn is damaging for everyone, it is especially damaging for younger people.

These are people whose sexuality isn’t fully formed yet, and porn addiction ends up defining how they feel about sex as well.

15. Older consumers are more interconnected in the addiction web

While younger porn addicts may indulge in self-harm more, older addicts often have problems with other forms of addictions as well.

As we said before, people who are prone to porn addiction may also be at risk for other addictions.

Similarly, people who are already addicted to a substance are also at a higher risk for porn addiction.

People often combine porn addiction with another addiction – a common one is combining substance abuse with porn.

16. Younger individuals make for the larger group of addicts

Most people who are addicted to porn are younger individuals.

Now, at first glance it seems obvious that this is because younger people are more prurient, but there is a larger factor at work here.

Younger people are much more likely to know more about the way the internet works, and thus it is much easier for them to access porn.

Older people do not know as much about the internet, so young people have an advantage here, and they thus also get addicted more easily.

17. Addiction cases have increased many-fold over the years

Thanks to the rise of the internet and smartphones, younger people are getting addicted more and more.

Addiction rates right now are higher than ever before.

Until a decade or two ago, there was one family computer so it was easy to supervise what children were doing online.

Now everyone has their own phone and laptop, which makes it impossible to keep a watch on the content younger people are streaming or downloading.

18. Internet porn is becoming more accessible and prevalent

We really need to do something about internet porn.

A child can go online and start watching porn on the internet within seconds with there being no barriers.

We cannot ban internet porn but there needs to be a better solution to verifying that only adults can watch internet porn.

The problem is that none of our internet devices have any way to verify the age of the viewer, so any such rules are very hard to enforce.

19. Porn addiction symptoms are often unnoticed for years

Since porn addiction slowly destroys the health of a person, it is often not caught until it is too late.

A person can be addicted to porn for years before other people start noticing that something is wrong with them.

Another problem is that porn addiction manifests differently in different people.

Some may start watching porn publicly, while others will never give anyone a reason to suspect that they are addicted to anything.

20. Porn addiction causes depression and even suicidal thoughts

We’ve talked about how porn addiction can lead to depression, but it can lead to suicidal thoughts as well.

Porn addicts are disgusted by and with themselves.

They know that watching porn may give them relief for a few minutes, but once that is over, all they feel is self-loathing.

They begin to think of themselves as people without any sort of value and some do not want to continue living this way.

These people know how society will view them if their addiction becomes public so they just hide it as much as they can.

Porn addiction is a serious disease, which needs to be dealt with in a serious manner.

The fact that it ends up interfering with a person’s life, destroys their health – both mental and physical – and turns them into outcasts shows the severity of the problem.

The only issue is that there is no cure to be administered to people, and even in professional mental health circles, porn addiction is not understood very well.

For now, the best way for porn addicts to cure their addiction is to open up to someone close to them.

A friend or anyone who will not judge them – someone who will not treat their problem as an act of perversion, but as an indication of a serious issue.

It is only through talking about the addiction, by thinking of it as a real problem that needs to be dealt with, will the addict be able to do anything about it.

The struggle is hard, but we must never forget that it is very possible.

People have managed to beat much worse addictions than porn addiction.

As hard as it may seem, it is possible to recover and never relapse again.

People just need the right support network around them to keep them on the right path.