Porn and Sex Addiction. Detox, Treatment for Sex and Porn Addictions

About Porn and Sex Addiction

Sex and porn addiction are examples of destructive sexual behaviours. Characterised by an ever-growing compulsion to watch pornography or engage in sexual behaviour that can have a devastating impact on mental health and personal relationships.

An addiction to porn or sex can be understood through the principles of operant conditioning, where a behaviour, such as watching porn is reinforced or rewarded, making you do it again, which can spiral into addiction. Once an addiction is established, the individual will experience urges and altered behaviours focused around satisfying their cravings for sex or porn.

Sex and porn addiction are not the same thing. Porn addiction tends to be considered as a form of sex addiction. The most common type of sexual disorder is hypersexuality, which is a preoccupation with sexual fantasy, often accompanied by the obsessive pursuit of casual sexual encounters, masturbation, etc.

Do You Need Help Overcoming the Impact of Porn and Sex Addiction?

If you believe that yourself or a loved one is struggling with porn and/or sex addiction, you should know that you’re not alone. Unprejudiced support and advice are readily available. The first step on the journey to recovery is just to open up and speak to someone about the issues with sex or porn.

Sex and/or porn addiction is not just a medical condition, but also a problem that can have a significant impact on well-being. With experienced support the impact of sex and/or porn addiction on physical and mental health can be recognised, addressed, and overcome through rehabilitation.

The first step in the treatment of sex or porn addiction is recognising there is a problem.

Do you recognise the following in yourself or a loved one:

  • Overwhelming and persistent sexual thoughts and urges or strong cravings to view pornography.
  • Acting on sexual urges not for pleasure, but through compulsion or being unable to stop watching porn and engaging in porn-associated behaviours.
  • Continuing to engage in these behaviours even when they have become harmful to yourself or others. Negative repercussions in the past don’t prevent behaviours.
  • Feeling guilt or shame when acting upon sexual or porn compulsions.
  • Attempting to, but being unable to stop or reduce the compulsive behaviours.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Sex Addiction

  • Engaging in unsafe sex or sex acts with multiple partners.
  • Unavoidable and persistent sexual thoughts, fantasies, and urges.
  • Excessive masturbation.
  • An inability to stop having sex with others, even when in a relationships.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Sex Addiction

  • Anger when asked to stop watching porn, or denial in the extent of porn being watched.
  • Keeping the porn habit a secret, and an increase in secrecy relationships as a whole.
  • Reduction of intimacy in relationships.
  • Losing large chunks of time to watching porn with it becoming a priority over day-to-day activities.
  • Needing to watch ever more explicit pornography to gain the same satisfaction.

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Sex and Porn Addiction Rehabilitation

Treating sexual or pornography addiction is very much dependent on the needs of an individual and their loved ones. Usually, treatment involves working with medical professionals, psychologists, therapists, and other specialists in addiction treatment.

Rehabilitation and treatment may include:

  • A thorough psychological and physiological assessment.
  • An intervention.
  • In-patient or outpatient admission to a rehabilitation clinic.
  • Taking part in self-help and mutual-aid support groups.
  • Aftercare services and support.

At Recovery Circle we will work closely with you to understand the underlying causes behind the sex or porn addiction and determine an appropriate treatment plan, providing a platform for recovery. Our team that compassion, understanding, and discretion are key in our creation of this platform for those affected by addiction.

Additional Services

Sometimes individuals do not manage to beat their addiction at the first attempt. There can be many reasons for this. The wrong treatment programme, clinic or relapse due to circumstances.

Repeatedly revisiting the same treatment is not advisable. Instead of seeking familiar surroundings it can be more helpful to find a new space with a different programme that helps you with the process of breaking routines, rather than forming new ones.

Call Recovery Circle in confidence and discuss your previous treatment with our team of specialists. We’ll discover what hasn’t worked for you and help you find the next step in your path to a full recovery, including making an in-depth plan for any needed rehabilitation.

We work with treatment centres that involve family and partners appropriately in the treatment process. We also specifically work with rehab clinics that offer family therapy as part of their treatment options, so that everyone affected can receive the best possible support during recovery.

Sober coaching & companionship covers addictive and compulsive behaviours, helping individuals to recognise and deal with triggers in a positive way. This a bespoke service is carefully tailored to the client’s needs.

Sober coaching meets the client in various stages of recovery from addiction to day to day life. From positively acclimatising to sobriety or facing everyday challenges, individuals can often feel rudderless after leaving treatment. Returning to normal life can be a difficult transition for some.

Sober Companion service is akin recovery support on-the-go. This service can be used by peoples who have relapsed on several occasions and who want guidance in grounding their sobriety in real life situations which otherwise would have lead them to their compulsive /impulsive behaviours.

The sessions can be conducted in person, Skype, Facetime, or telephone, whatever you feel most comfortable with. Most sessions typically last 60 minutes with daily email or phone support.

Diet, sleep and good self-care are a platform on which recovery is built.  Complementary treatments that enhance health and wellbeing are powerful additions to any recovery plan.

A wide range of complementary therapies are available at our network of centres & clinics. Yoga, massage, mindfulness meditation and Tai Chi are particularly popular approaches that enhance wellbeing in recovery.

When choosing a treatment centre it is beneficial to select one that provides access to complementary treatments.  Some approaches might not work for you, but be open-minded and explore options

Sex and Porn ‘Detox’

Like most addictions, porn and sex addictions can lead to ‘withdrawal-like’ symptoms as an individual has become accustomed to a certain level of stimulation. However, unlike drug dependence, the withdrawal symptoms are not medically life-threatening. They include difficulty concentrating, irritability, being irrational, self-medication with alcohol, depression, and anxiety. The intensity of these symptoms will depend on the duration and extent of the addiction.

The addiction experts at Recovery Circle can offer professional advice as well as behavioural therapy and counselling. By rewiring the brain, the attitude towards sex can be altered, so that the individual can work towards a healthier sex life.

Private Rehab Clinics Near You

As we work with a network of rehabilitation clinics and addiction treatment centres, we are able to look at your individual circumstances and identify possible treatment facilities near you. However, our priority will always be finding the service we feel would provide the best treatment programme and facilities to aid your recovery, wherever this is a rehab clinic in the UK, or elsewhere in the world.

Here are some of the locations where clinic based treatment is available.