The Pain of Pleasure: the Consequences of Porn Addiction

Fear of Exposure

Ah, internet porn.  The allure.  The arousal.  The excitement.  The taboo — not to mention the novelty, curiosity, safety,  intrigue.  All too enticing.  For the most part, irresistible.

Why would you even think of giving it up? — this secret world of yours where all your needs are magically met with no apparent effort on your part?

The next series of posts will remind you of some of the reasons you want to be free of it, and perhaps open your eyes to a few of the downsides that you’ve not yet considered.

Here’s what I suggest.  As we go through this material, type up your own list of negative consequences that keep you moving forward in your recovery.  Print out your individualized list and tape it to the bathroom mirror – or hang it on the refrigerator door.  Or print out a few copies and hang them at various places where you can’t miss it — over your bed, on the dining room table, or where ever.

AAers listen to endless stories about the consequences of their drinking days.  It’s called “keeping it green”.  That’s what I’m suggesting you do – keep it green.

Because you can bet odds that the time will come when you can only remember the bliss (euphoric recall) with none of the reasons that brought you to recovery in the first place.  This list of consequences will be your “bliss buster”, bringing you back to reality when all you can remember is the ecstasy.

The categories of consequences will be in the following areas:

  • Emotional/Psychological
  • Sexual
  • Physical
  • Career/Education Goals
  • Financial
  • Legal
  • Family
  • Spiritual
  • Overall lifestyle

Get ready.  It may be a bumpy ride.

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