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Why is Porn Addicting?

Is porn addicting? Like many other substances and behaviors that cause a dopamine spike in the brain — yes. Our brains are designed to seek the chemical rewards of pleasure, which is what makes it so easy to become addicted to anything that gives us a high-level dopamine hit, whether that be porn, sex, drugs, […]
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Are There Porn Addiction Side Effects?

Are there porn addiction side effects? If so, what are they? Can they negatively affect my life? Maybe you’re a habitual porn user who doesn’t like to use the word “addiction.” Everyone looks at porn, right? It’s everywhere and sometimes nearly impossible to avoid. But unfortunately, there are side effects to porn addictions, and they […]
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Procrastination and Addiction

-Starve your distractions, feed your focus.” Daniel Goleman Procrastination, defined as the action of delaying or postponing something, appears to be a universal human problem. We all struggle to get moving on the next important task — the school or work project, paying our bills, or having a difficult conversation with someone.
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Quitting Porn to Save Your Sex Life

Quit porn to save your sex life? It might surprise you to learn that porn can actually be a huge turn-off. Literally. Far from making you into some kind of sex god, research has shown that habitual porn use can make it difficult or even impossible to perform sexually with a real, human partner. Skeptical? […]
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3 Reasons to Overcome Sex Addiction

Can you overcome sex addictions? In a word, yes, you can. It’s not easy, but it is possible — and you will be a healthier person for it. Here are three reasons to do the work and break free of sex addictions. 1. Overcome Sex Addictions for Yourself. Sex addiction is not the same thing […]
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How to Recover from Porn Addiction

If you’re asking how you can start your sex addiction recovery, you might be feeling overwhelmed. Fighting any addiction, especially in the beginning, can feel insurmountable. But here’s the great news: you can recover from porn addictions. This is not a permanent part of who you are. You can fight this, and you can win. […]
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Money Won't Protect You From Porn Addiction: Why We Should Pay Attention to Chris Rock

Chris Rock has been relatively silent for the past few years. This comedy powerhouse who became famous for his standup routines, sitcoms, and his movie roles suddenly seemed to fall off the map. About a week ago, he reemerged with a new one-hour comedy special, and thousands of people sat down and tuned in to […]
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Learning To Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

There’s a saying in addiction that we act out what we don’t feel. The acting out behavior becomes a numbing device so that we can avoid feelings, thoughts, or experiences—often unconsciously. To feel or experience these things can be very uncomfortable. Most of us, people in recovery or not, can’t even tolerate being uncomfortable for […]
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The First Step in Tackling Porn in Your Church: Recognizing the Problem

Will you be talking about porn this Sunday? Many pastors have struggled to find resources that help them address the issues of sex and porn in their congregation. I spent ten years of my life teaching sex education from a Biblical perspective to thousands upon thousands of people, and do you know what I heard […]
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When Women Talk About Porn

When I set out to tackle the topic of how women feel about their partner’s porn use, I never could have anticipated the response I would get. So many women, dear, smart, and amazing women, were eager to share their heart-wrenching stories with me. Some stories end with healing, and others end with the destruction […]
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Men: Look to Your Past. Do You Have a “Me Too” Moment?

In the wake of the terrible sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, women all over social media are stepping forward to bravely say the words “Me Too” to show that they have also been victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault. The idea behind this movement is to show how widespread and how prevalent this […]
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Is Porn Addiction Real?

To a person who struggles with compulsive sexual behavior like using online pornography, there is no such thing as a “little” bit of porn. A little bit becomes a whole lot, really quick. Despite that intimate knowledge of those who have come to realize that they are addicted to such behavior, many people scoff at […]
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The Women Behind the Sex Scandals: Why They Need Help Too

Women have been coming forward in droves to share their stories of sexual assault and sexual misconduct perpetrated against them by some of the richest and most powerful men in the world. This is, I think, both a wonderful thing and a very complicated thing because, at the end of the day, there are real […]
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Porn Doc Is In: How Much Do You Need to Disclose?

Dear Porn Doc, I am a 40-plus year old man who has struggled with an addiction to pornography. It played a big part in my divorce. I am now in recovery (seeing a counselor and attending SA meetings) and have begun a new serious relationship and I am uncertain as to if I should share […]
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4 Steps To Recovery From Porn Addiction: Walk, Don’t Run

Sex addiction recovery is much more like a marathon rather than a sprint. Much will be required of and from you in your pursuit of sobriety. Sex addiction recovery demands patience, perseverance, and maybe the most difficult — self-compassion. Many of my clients initially look for the quick sprint to the finish line seeing the […]
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The “Regular Guy” Sex Addict – More Common Than You Think

Sex addiction can affect anyone, regardless of education, profession, location, religion, background, or age. If you think you “can't” be a sex addict, think again. In my work as a sex addiction therapist, one of the more common misconceptions I run into is the idea that people in or who need sex addiction recovery have […]
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Beginning Couple's Therapy for Sex Addiction: Here's What You're In For

  When a sex or porn addictions first comes to light in a relationship, everything feels chaotic. Perhaps your partner was caught in their sexual compulsive behavior and is reluctant to admit any wrongdoing. Perhaps they confessed their behavior when either guilt or self-doubt became too unbearable. Either way, your relationship has been shattered, and […]
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If You're Watching Porn at Work, You Might Have a Big Problem

Recently, there was a story in the news about a Rhode Island lawmaker who distributed printouts of a Wikipedia page to his colleagues without realizing that it clearly showed open tabs from porn sites at the top of the page. This lawmaker has since apologized, and he even went so far as to claim that […]
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Sex Addiction in the News – This Isn't a Joke

While it might seem like the Kardashian family is always in the news, a recent story was of particular importance to me. After being confronted for infidelity on the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Scott Disick – longtime boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father of her 3 children – came out publicly […]
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Dear PornDoc—Journaling, Mindfulness, & Disclosure

Dear PornDoc, I am currently in treatment for pornography addiction. My therapist wants me to journal a lot. My thinking is that this brings up feelings of wanting to act out which seems counterproductive to me. I’d like your thoughts on the importance of writing. First of all, good for you for seeking help. It’s […]
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