We can either let the mundane events that pertain to our recovery slip into oblivion or keep track of them to look back and be encouraged. This episode is all about how to keep track of our victories and defeat and everything in between.
Consuming porn may seem harmless at first but over time, it creates a fog that obscures the importance of simple responsibilities and emotional cues in lives that destroys careers and relationships.
Its easy to just focus on the relapses and the pain that is associated with recovery from porn addiction. But there is benefit to briefly look back and acknowledge the progress we have made.
There are way in which porn affects our lives dramatically. This episode however, picks out 3 aspects in which porn affects our everyday lives more subtly.
Lasting recovery comes from love and support from other individuals and it all starts with telling someone else about our problem with porn.
The more we soak our brains with the happy chemicals released by viewing pornography, the more we will crave for the substance. The opposite is also equally true.
Can someone be addicted to porn by the strict medical definition of the term 'addiction'? Is everyone who view porn addicted to it? This episode attempts to answers they questions.
What is the primary difference between the ones who first view porn and don't like it and the ones who look at porn once and fall into an addictive cycle? This episode looks at triggers that lead to porn from a slightly different angle.
Porn promises a sense of power and control over our sexuality but unfortunately it's a lie. This episode redefines power by comparing sexual experiences between porn and real world relationships.
Porn addicts have this habit of storing their favorite pictures or videos for future use. In this episode, we discuss the reasons why we should get rid of our stashes and how to do it.
Cutting the source of pornography from our daily routine is a simple step but not an easy one. This episode discusses the different ways to distance ourselves from the sources of temptation.
Time magazine recently published an article on why young men who grew up with internet porn are becoming advocates for turning it off. This episode discusses the contents of the article and why they are important.
At the core of every addiction is selfishness. In fact, porn addiction goes a step further. It is enacted in such a way that it feeds our selfishness. And this selfishness is capable of destroying relationships.
Have you ever listened to someone say that they have been sober from pornography for 2 years and thought they were lying? Chances are, they are in the maintenance stage of recovery. Getting there is absolutely possible!
If you thought that you will always be a porn addict and there is no way out, wait till you get to the action phase of recovery. It's a frustrating phase but it is also the phase when you start seeing positive results. Not only will you notice a change in yourself, others will start noticing it too.
In this episode, we discuss the third stage of recovery - the preparation phase. By this phase, the addict is determine to change and starts to try different resources that will eventually lead to long lasting recovery.
In this episode, we discuss the second phase in the cycle of change - the contemplation phase. Addicts in this phase are aware of their problem but has no commitment to make changes. Its amazing how often we find ourselves here!
In this episode we briefly talk about the pre-contemplative phase of recovery and why this stage is very important even for those who have moved beyond this phase in the past.
As addicts, we tend to measure our progress or regress by the number of days we have been sober. But sometimes counting days become more important than real recovery.
People readily recognize alcohol or drug addiction but sex addiction is still very much in the shadows. On top of that, pornography is seldom seen as a problem in our society.
Addictions are unique mental illnesses. They are centered on pleasure. Porn addiction is no exception. Is there any effective antidote to such a disease?
Honesty with others is a struggle with any addiction and porn addiction is no exception. What about honesty to self? What does it look like? And why is it important to be honest to self?
Just because we started to act out does not mean we have to continue down that path. We really have the power to stop at any time.
Porn is not meant to solve real life problems. Just like snickers is not meant to replace nutritious food.