That Moment You Realize Your Partner Has a Porn Addiction

Laptop and Porn Websites

Discovering that your partner has a pornography addiction can cause you to experience a wide range of emotions. You may feel hurt, angry, disgusted or horrified. Whatever your reaction, there is a good chance that your partner’s obsessive preoccupation with sexual imagery will have an impact on your relationship.

You may notice that your partner is spending increasing amounts of time on porn, and that the sexual content being viewed is becoming increasingly bizarre. Your partner may lie or try to cover up his or her behavior and becomes angry when confronted.

Pornography Addiction and the Harm It Causes

Porn addiction is a form of sex addiction. While many couples may enjoy pornography as a way of enhancing their sexual relationship, porn can become a problem when one person is compelled to continually seek out porn, even when there are negative consequences. This form of sex addiction can cause harm to a relationship, as well as to other aspects of life.

The negative consequences of porn addiction are similar to those suffered by people with other forms of addiction, such as drug addiction or alcoholism. A pornography addict may become so preoccupied with viewing sexual images that other aspects of life become less and less important. For example, a pornography addict may watch porn at work even though there is a risk of being fired. He or she may neglect day-to-day responsibilities. There may be a disintegration of relationships with family, friends and partners, and an inability to be emotionally intimate.

Help for Pornography Addiction

The good news is that there are treatment options for pornography addiction, as long as your partner recognizes that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. (His or her choice to get help or not to get help is out of your control.) The best thing to do is to talk to a certified sex addiction treatment specialist. Another option is for your partner to get involved with 12-step sex addiction recovery groups.

Whether or not your partner chooses to get help for his or her addiction to porn, it’s important to get help for yourself. Support groups such as Codependents Anonymous can help you to recognize that you are not alone. Participating in these support groups or talk therapy can help you keep your reactions from getting out of control, and can also help give you coping skills if your partner should refuse to get help for his or her pornography addiction.

Resource

 

American Psychological Association: Is Porn Addictive?

http://apa.org/monitor/2014/04/pornography.aspx

 

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