Pornography Addiction

Pornography robs us of a pure and trusting relationship with God. God desires a relationship with each and everyone of us. He loves us so deeply that he created us in his image. Pornography shatters that relationship with God. 

Pornography is an addictive substance. Just like any addiction, alcohol, drugs, screen addiction, etc., more of the “drug” is needed to achieve the same effect as a tolerance is built up. The increased amount of time viewing porn means this individual is less engaged in regular life activities – whether that be a decrease in sleep, viewing porn instead of spending time with their families, affecting their work performance, etc. All addictions consume the addicts life, and the same is the result with pornography. 

Pornography drastically affects the way men view women. Men begin to develop a distorted view of women and relationships. Consequently, it puts pressure on women to look and act like those portrayed in videos. Because of these factors, there is no need with porn to have a mutual, healthy relationship, thus corrupting our view of what God has intended for us. 

What is the addictiveness of Pornography?

Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, DO, MA is a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, MI. She is a physician, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She presents workshops on Internet pornography addiction—a Catholic approach to treatment to bishops, clergy, seminarians, religious communities, and laity throughout the United States. You can find her latest webinar on Screen Addiction and the imminent danger of Pornography addiction on our brains and youth at minute 11:00 below.

Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and has over 20 years of professional experience working with individuals, couples, families, and organizations. He specializes in marriage & family therapy, men’s issues, and pornography addiction recovery. He describes the addictiveness of Pornography in this 3 part series from our partners, Brotherhood CMA, below.

40 million adults in the US regularly view internet porn.

When wrestling with an internet pornography addiction, individuals are reported to be less social, more anxious, and have decreased productivity in everyday activities.

While you may feel helpless or shameful, know that there is recovery waiting for you! People can and do recover from a pornography addiction everyday. Get in touch with a provider today.

Treatment options available

God and His Church are ready to help those who struggle with pornography addiction or are affected by it. No individual, couple, or family needs to fear seeking help from clergy and church personnel. Praise be to God that recovery is possible through prayer, the sacraments, and a strong support system. There is never shame in seeking help. By receiving guidance through telehealth services, this ensures you are receiving confidential support to heal from a compassionate provider willing to help you along the way. 

Seek professional help. Working with a professional provides accountability and the support you need to overcome your addiction. You will need to develop strategies to overcome your addiction, identify your triggers, and develop a plan of action to go forward. A compassionate and encouraging professional will aid you in your path to recovery. 

Receive the sacraments. The sacraments are a powerful weapon against the devil’s temptations. If you haven’t been to Church for some time, find the nearest adoration chapel to pray for 5 or 10 minutes. Schedule a time to meet with a priest to confess your sins, as viewing pornography is a mortal sin. The Church is an incredible place of healing, and Jesus desires your presence. 

Pray. Ask the Lord for forgiveness and allow him to walk with you through recovery. The power of the Lord is mighty. Ask Mother Mary for her intercession to live virtuously and to provide you with hope, strength, and healing.

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If you are hurting or know someone who is hurting from an addiction, know that you are never alone. We are here to support and help you heal along your journey. 

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📱 The number of U.S. adults who regularly visit Internet pornography websites is 40 million

📱 Every second, 25,258 Internet users are viewing pornography

📱 Pornography plays a significant role in over 50% of all divorces

📱 The largest population of Internet pornography users are 12 – 17 year-olds

📱 The average age of a child’s first exposure to internet pornography is 9 years old

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