Sex Addiction vs. Porn Addiction

Sex is certainly an important aspect of life, but some people wind up becoming obsessed with it. There are people who are addicted to sex, and many of them wind up ruining their lives in various ways. Some people make jokes about sex addiction out of ignorance because they don’t understand how serious a problem it is for those who suffer from it. Sex addiction has the potential to take over every aspect of your life if you don’t get help.

It’s also true that many people confuse sex addiction with porn addiction. While sex addiction and porn addiction do share many commonalities, the two are not the same. Keep reading to learn a bit about porn addiction, sex addiction, and what you can do to help yourself if you suffer from either type of addiction. Getting the right information might mean the difference between being able to heal and continuing to walk down a dark path.

What is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction is pretty simple to understand. When someone has a sex addiction, they will be so addicted to having sex that it will be pretty much all that they can think about. A sex addict will want to have sex as often as they can. Some people become so addicted to sex that they will start making bad life choices just so that they can continue to have sex.

For example, a sex addict might not be able to find people to have sex with easily enough. This could lead them to make the decision to try to have sex with strangers. Soliciting sex from strangers is very dangerous in and of itself, but many sex addicts have also been known to see prostitutes. With prostitution being illegal and unregulated in most places in North America, this is a very dangerous prospect.

Choices such as this could lead to an individual contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It’s also true that being put in sexual situations like this has the potential to be dangerous. Someone could be exposing themselves to shady individuals who might try to steal from them or hurt them. Sex addiction can cause men and women to make very poor choices that they will regret for a long time.

There have been instances where sex addicts have spent large sums of money on prostitutes. A married man could choose to wipe out his life savings just to pay for his sex addiction. Choices like this can ruin lives, and they can certainly cause people to get divorced. This is why it’s important for sex addicts to get treatment as soon as they can.

You can look out for signs of sex addiction if you suspect that you or someone you love might have a sex addiction. Some of the common signs include putting yourself in dangerous situations to have sex, having chronic sexual thoughts that you can’t control, lying to cover up sexual behaviors, and ignoring life responsibilities to have sex. Sex addiction can be treated with therapy and even severe sex addicts can learn to abstain. With treatment, it might be possible to turn things around and have a normal healthy sex life again.

What is Porn Addiction?

Porn addiction is very similar to sex addiction except that someone who is addicted to porn isn’t necessarily having sex. Some sex addicts will also be porn addicts because they might choose to use porn as an outlet for their sexual urges when they can’t find sexual partners. A porn addict might wind up becoming so addicted to porn that the appeal of normal sex will start to be lost on them, though. There are many different types of pornography out there that appeal to many different fetishes.

Some men and women become addicted to porn and they wind up watching it all the time. People can become addicted to porn just like they can become addicted to drugs or steroids.

A porn addict can develop a fictionalized view of sex because of the way that it is presented in pornographic videos. Sex isn’t perfect and it doesn’t necessarily go as smoothly as it does in the pornographic videos online.

There have been instances where people have become addicted to porn and stopped bothering to have sex with their significant others. Some have even left their boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, and wives due to developing porn addictions. This doesn’t always happen, but it certainly can. Porn addiction can make someone lose interest in everything that isn’t porn.

If you become addicted to porn, then you might stop going to work or school. You could start missing class to watch porn videos because you just can’t stop. Porn addicts think about porn all the time and they feel strong urges to watch porn. Addictions such as this have become more common in modern times due to how easy it is to access porn.

Anyone can watch porn videos whenever they want using a smartphone. This is problematic because porn addicts might not be able to resist watching porn while in public. A porn addict could choose to watch a porn video while in a grocery store or while they’re in the middle of a shift at work. This has caused many people to get fired from their jobs.

Porn addiction is also closely related to chronic masturbation habits. Sometimes people will seriously injure themselves due to how often they’re masturbating. This is true for both male and female porn addicts. It’s a more serious problem than many understand.

How Can Porn Addiction and Sex Addiction Be Treated?

It’ll be possible to treat porn addiction and sex addiction with the help of professionals who understand what you’re going through. If you believe that you have a porn or sex addiction, then you can sign up for some type of rehab treatment. There are rehab centers that help people who are going through addiction issues. In practice, it works very much the same way that an alcohol or drug treatment center does.

You can go to a place where you’ll be able to abstain from sex and pornography for a long period of time. This should allow you to focus on getting better. You should be able to learn to control your impulses by going to therapy sessions. It can take time, but there are many sex addicts and porn addicts who have been able to turn their lives around.

It’s even possible to get help when you’re struggling with urges without having to leave home. You can reach out to the therapists at BetterHelp to get assistance. This allows you to be matched with a therapist that understands what you’re going through. You can talk to a compassionate professional who can help you to work through these issues over time.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to get the help that you need if you’re going through a tough time. Porn addictions and sex addictions are no laughing matter. You’re going to want to try to get help before things get worse in your life. Having people in your life that can support you during this trying time will make a difference, and you should never feel as if you need to face things alone.

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