Pornography, Cultural/Religious Shaming, and Compulsivity/Addiction

Just Because a Client Says He’s Porn Addicted…

As digital technologies become more ubiquitous and porn usage becomes more prevalent, clinicians, especially Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSATs), have seen a corresponding increase in the number (and variety) of people seeking help with porn-related problems.

Importantly, there are multiple and often very different populations seeking such assistance. For instance, some clients seek treatment because they are compulsive/addicted, while others seek treatment because they feel shame (cultural, religious, or interpersonal) about their porn use. Still others...


The Consequences of Compulsive Porn Use

In a previous post to this site, I discussed how therapists can clinically define and diagnose porn compulsivity/addiction (as a form of Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder), and how problematic, compulsive porn use typically manifests in a person’s life. In this post, I am focused on the most common consequences of this type of porn use.

People who struggle with the compulsive use of pornography nearly always find themselves leading stressful, highly compartmentalized lives.  Because they feel so much personal, cultural, religious,...

Porn Addiction

What is Porn Addiction/Compulsivity?

Although the American Psychiatric Association has willfully ignored our nation’s ongoing sex and porn addiction/compulsivity epidemic, other organizations, equally if not more prominent, have chosen to recognize the issue and act on it. Most notably, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its diagnostic...


Online Recovery Resources for All Addicts and Loved Ones: #Coronavirus

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many recovering addicts are wondering if the in-person support they typically receive is no longer safe. My belief is that with proper precautions, as outlined by the CDC, those settings are likely to be safe. But I also know that my personal belief on this matter is unlikely to alleviate the anxiety these individuals are feeling.

The good news is that there is plenty of support...