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How Can Porn be Addictive if Withdrawal From it Can’t Kill You?

10Apr

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Matt Fradd Matt Fradd

Matt Fradd is the director of content development for Integrity Restored and a bestselling author and popular speaker. His most recent book, The Porn Myth, is a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon. He is the co-creator of Victory, an app that provides a strategic battle plan for winning the struggle against pornography. Matt lives in Georgia with his wife, Cameron, and their children.

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George - May 17, 2017 11:31 am

Why the resistance to calling it an addiction? To me, if we use Dr. Patrick Carnes’ now classic criteria, it all fits. For me, porn viewing was out of control and led to severe consequences, Yet I continued. Although my behavior did not escalate in the sense of more dangerous or high-risk behavior, I did find myself turning to sexual fantasy fueled by porn as my go-to way of dealing with life. Not being satisfied with the level of activity around porn, I sought more and moved from pictures to videos and scanned chatrooms looking for these things (where the police are constantly monitoring, looking for offenders that are viewing illegal material). I could go on. Of the ten criteria Dr. Carnes listed in _Don’t Call it Love_ I fit about eight of them. My point? That’s the man who would have denied this was an addiction. The man who has broken the chains, one day at a time, would wonder why anyone would deny it’s an addiction if the diagnosis along those lines lead to a treatment that works. It worked for me and for many others I know.

Meanwhile, I recognize there are well meaning people who would ask the question in the spirit of, “okay, you’re making inroads, but is addiction the best perspective?” That’s a fair question and worth asking. The above article may perhaps put that question on the back burner until someone stumbles upon an acceptable non-addiction solution that works better than what we now have.

That’s my two cents worth.

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