Not everyone who sees porn will become addicted to it. Some will just come away with toxic ideas about women, sex, marriage and children. That kind of damage is bad enough. And porn isn t the only ingredient in addiction. Usually, those who become addicted have some kind of emotional opening that allows the addiction to really take root. Some of you reading this will become addicted, like I was. The porn companies don t mind at all if you become completely addicted to their product. It s great for business. An addicted customer keeps coming back for more. And so they fill their porn with images that will excite you, arouse you and get the hormones flowing. You don t have to shoot up any drug with a needle to get addicted to porn–your body will make its own drugs just by looking at the pictures. Dr. Victor Cline says that sex and pornography can be a more difficult addiction to break than cocaine.

The Five Stages of Addiction

1. Early exposure

Most guys who get addicted to porn start early. They see the stuff when they are very young, and it gets its foot in the door.

2. Addiction

Later comes addiction. you keep coming back to porn. It becomes a regular part of your life. You re hooked. You can t quit.

3. Escalation

After a while, escalation begins. You start to look for more and more graphic porn. You start using porn that would have disgusted you when you started. Now it excites you.

4. Desensitization

Eventually, you start to become numb. Even the most graphic, degrading porn doesn t excite you anymore. You become desperate to feel the same thrill again, but can t find it.

5. Acting Out Sexually

At this point, many men make a dangerous jump and start acting out sexually. They move from the paper and plastic images of porn to the real world.When I personally got to the acting out phase, I started fantasizing about what it would be like to actually rape a woman. I finally tried it one night when I saw a woman who fit the scenario that porn had taught me to look for. I was lucky. Very lucky. I didn t go through with it. After being reported, arrested and spending some time in jail, I finally was able to begin the process of weeding out the lies in my life that porn had put there. Other men aren t so lucky. I realize now that with just a little push, I could have gone over the edge. I could have raped that woman and then killed her to cover my tracks. That s how Ted Bundy got started. When the porn he was addicted to wasn t enough anymore, he tried the real thing-rape, and then murder. When he succeeded, he did it again. And again. Pornography addiction is very serious.

Are You Addicted?

Some of you reading this may have already developed an addiction to porn. If you see any of the pattern I ve described above in your life, you need to put the brakes on right now. Is porn beginning to control your life? You can t put it down–you keep going back for more? Perhaps you find yourself needing to see increasingly graphic pornography. You re masturbating more and more often. You re starting to take risks or act out physically for sexual thrills. If you see yourself at any point on this progression, you are in serious trouble, and you need to realize it-and get help.

What Can You Do?

The first thing you ve got to do is admit that you have a struggle with porn. Believe me, you re not strange or unusual if you do. Millions of men are at various stages of struggling with porn. It s not really surprising, after all. The porn industry has spent billions of dollars trying to snare you. Is it really so shocking that they ve succeeded with so many men? So, after you ve admitted to yourself that you struggle, admit it to God and PRAY! Submit the entire situation to Him and ask for a complete healing. if God can raise Christ from the dead, you bet He can heal you from this problem. For some of you, there may also be issues in your past-abuse or sexual exposure, that are making pornography harder to shake. There s only so much one man can fight without help.Breaking the secrecy is absolutely, positively vital.


You probably can t escape an addiction without it. That doesn t mean everyone has to know you re struggling. Pick someone you can trust, who s listened to men s problems. A pastor, youth group leader or counselor you can completely trust. Someone you feel safe with. If it s someone who s worked with men s issues, your struggle isn t going to be a surprise for them-believe me.

 

Excerpted from the Dare to Dig Deeper Booklet, Toxic Porn
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