Has Your Sexual Activity Spiraled Out of Control?
Are you constantly preoccupied or overwhelmed by your relationship to pornography? Perhaps you spend a considerable amount of time online viewing pornography, and as a result, miss out on quality time spent with your friends and family. You may even harbor the fear of being found out by your loved ones or coworkers, causing you to withdraw and feel irritable when you’re unable to pursue your next release. Sometimes, it may seem like you can’t repress your sexual compulsions, even when you know you’re risking your relationship or job. Alternately, perhaps you just found out about your partner’s secret sexual behaviors, and the surprise and betrayal runs so deep that you’re wondering if you’ll ever be able to trust him or her again. Do you wish you (or your partner) could control urges and foster a healthy relationship with sex?
Living with a porn addiction can be a shameful and isolating experience that can have a severe physical and emotional impact on your life and relationships. Physically, addiction to pornography can lead to sexual dysfunctions, such as erectile dysfunction, pre-ejaculation and the inability to achieve an orgasm. Common emotional consequences of porn addiction include betraying your loved ones, divorce or separation from your family, financial loss and devastation and severe humiliation. Even if you feel like you’re being as careful as possible, you are likely distracted and distant from those you love, making it difficult to stay connected or foster intimate relationships. You may have tried to stop looking at porn in the past, but the excitement and anticipation of sexual release is too overwhelming, and you feel out of control.
Porn Addiction is Becoming Increasingly More Common
Many adults, both men and women, experience a dependency with pornography. It can feel impossible to escape easy access to pornography, hook-up and fetish sites and other sexual outlets. There are approximately 4.2 million active pornographic websites in North America, which makes up roughly 12 percent of our total cyberspace. 25 percent of daily search engine inquiries are for cybersex/pornography services. With our increasingly busy lives and fast-paced society, many turn to porn and other fetish sites to seek relief from life’s daily stressors. However, when this behavior perpetuates into an addictive cycle, it can actually increase stress and leave you feeling more and more alone and out of control. Fortunately, there is hope. With porn addiction treatment, you can stabilize your relationships with those around you, yourself and with sex.
Porn Addiction Treatment Can Bring Lasting Relief
My goal is for you to form a healthy relationship with sexuality and those around you. With the guidance of an empathic professional who understands what you’re going through, you can foster stronger and safer relationships and become more effective and active in your roles at work and at home.
I am a certified sex addiction therapist trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes in his ground breaking task-centered approach to interpersonal therapy and relapse prevention. In my practice, I combine this evidence-based treatment method with a complete and thorough assessment of your history to properly address your individual behaviors that may be contributing to your addiction. Through sessions with me, you can learn what causes and fuels your behaviors while you practice effective coping strategies to assist you along your journey to sobriety. As you discover more about where your impulses stem from, you can gain greater control over your distracting and intrusive urges.
I have over 20 years of experience helping people overcome sex related addictions. With your diligence, hard work and commitment to the porn addiction treatment process, I’m confident you can find significant, lasting relief. It is possible to better understand and address your addiction and make meaningful changes to improve your emotional and sexual health.
Although you understand the benefit of porn addiction counseling, you may still have some questions or concerns…
I’m too embarrassed to talk about my porn addiction.
You don’t need to feel ashamed about anything. In my 20 years of experience, trust me I’ve heard it all. Plus, if you’re having an emotional or physical problem, it’s worth investing the time to speak about what’s happening with an expert who is certified to treat that problem. Porn addiction therapy is often an effective treatment for physical sexual issues, such as erectile dysfunction and pre-ejaculation, as well as emotional problems, such as the inability to form and foster intimate relationships.
Sexuality is something we all engage in, and I’m not here to judge. I am here to help you move forward and formulate healthy, honest relationships with sex and yourself.
Isn’t looking at porn normal?
Although not everyone who views online pornography is an addict, porn addiction has increased exponentially due to accessibility, affordability and anonymity with online services. If you’re wondering if your sexual behavior is “normal,” consider how it affects your life. It’s one thing to explore your sexual fantasies in private. Sex becomes a problem when those fantasies, and the resulting actions, interfere with or threaten your daily life. If your relationship with porn is causing harm to your intrapersonal relationships, professional life or well being, it’s time to seek professional guidance to treat your addiction. Porn addiction counseling can help restore the damage that has been caused by your addiction.
I don’t want to become celibate.
I don’t want that for you either. My goal is to help restore peace in your life and form a healthy relationship with sex. Chances are you may have spent days, months or even years feeling ashamed, anxious, depressed or overwhelmed, constantly plotting avenues for your next release. Porn addiction therapy provides a way to eradicate this behavior – the shame, unnecessary spending, damage to your relationship and family – and allows you to begin becoming the healthy, in-control person you’ve always wanted to be.
Porn Addiction Treatment Can Help You Take Back Control of Your Life.
If you are ready to take back control of your life, or if you have more questions about porn addiction treatment or my practice in Rocky River, I encourage you to call 216-256-3326 for a free 15-minute consultation.