First and foremost Welcome! Second, I am sorry that you are reading this article, but hopefully it will help for things to get better.

The following video series from http://yourbrainonporn.com/your-brain-on-porn-series give one of the best explanation of pornography addiction. (Sound starts at about 4 seconds in)

Short on time? Skip the videos and read the rest of the article including 5 things that you can do to help your porn addicted husband and yourself.

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Is Your Husband Addicted to Pornography?

Possibly, a more helpful approach is to avoid thinking in terms of black and white, but rather to take a closer look at what extent pornography affects your husband. In his book, “Treating Pornography Addiction” Dr. Kevin B. Skinner recommends looking at various levels of behaviors associated with pornography use.

Level 1. Mild exposure – once or twice a year, no effect on regular life.

Level 2. Pornography use does not suggest addiction – occasionally looking at pornography with increased interest.

Level 3. Signs of trouble – person looks few times a month, usually tries to avoid it, but occasionally urges get so strong that it cannot be controlled, and person gives in.

Level 4. Individual notices increased sexual fantasies, and attempts to control them, which results in stronger withdrawal symptoms.

Level 5. Pornography impacting day-to-day living with significant part of the day spent thinking about pornography.

Level 6. Pornography dominates most of the day-to-day life, affecting work, school, and personal relationships.

Level 7. Pornography and acting out consumes most of the individual’s time, leaving him feeling completely out of control.

Large part of men in modern-day society fluctuate somewhere between levels 1 and 4 throughout their lives. The real danger comes when men begin to pass these levels. By the time I finally accepted that my pornography use was not healthy I was somewhere between levels 6 and 7. By that time most men are very likely to cheat or do something illegal.

Worst Case Scenario of Pornography Addiction

One man in my recovery group provides a good example of where excessive pornography use may take a person. He progressed from regular porn, to hardcore porn, to crazy-sick porn.

He started looking at dating sites and chat rooms. Eventually he met somebody online who was willing, able, and ready. When he showed up at this person’s house he found out that it was a police operation and the guy ended up doing some jail time.

I believe this story illustrates really well how little our society understands the negative effects of pornography.

I was raised thinking that looking at pornography was a normal behavior, and literally almost everybody that I knew did it. If anything, I viewed it as a healthy alternative to cheating.

By the time I was 25 I was spending up to 8 hours a day watching porn and even came close to breaking the law before I finally realized that I had a problem.

When my at the time girlfriend first approached me about my pornography use, I thought she was crazy. If it wasn’t for her pointing out my behavior, however, I would have never connected the dots and continued to act out until I would have ended up breaking the law.

So if you do decide to approach your husband about his pornography use, be prepared to defend your position. Chances are he will not be very open minded about it at first.

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Negative Effects of Pornography Viewing

Here are some of the most common negative effects that excessive pornography use can have on a person and those around him or her.

  1. Being emotionally distant
  2. Defaulting on commitments
  3. Decreased sexual interest towards one’s spouse
  4. Decreased interest in healthy activities
  5. Poor performance at work
  6. Difficulty concentrating

You might be interested in reading 5 Brain Chemicals in Healthy Sexual Act and How it is Different from Pornography Addiction.

5 Things that You Can Do Today to Help Your Relationship

1. Talk to Your Husband about His Pornography Use

He might not be aware about effect that his pornography viewing is having on your life, and he will never know how you feel unless you tell him. It might not be the most pleasant conversation you’ve ever had, but it must be done. Bad news never get better over time.

2. Talk to Other Women Who Had Same Experience

You can contact Our coach Michelle for first free consultation.

3. Consider Installing Accountability Software or Internet Filter on Your Computer

I would not recommend doing it behind your husband’s back, but nothing bring honesty faster than knowledge of 100% accountability for one’s actions.

Two programs that I recommend are Covenant Eyes ($10 per month) which keeps log of all internet activity on a computer and K9 Web Filter (free) which blocks unwanted content.

4. Educate Yourself About What Your Husband is Going Through

I recommend reading through our Free Recovery Course. It will help you understand your husband (and may be even yourself) better.

5. Educate Yourself About What You Are Going Through

Consider reading Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal ($9 at Amazon) to help you understand how your husband’s pornography use might have caused you psychological trauma.

I wish you all the best in your relationship and your life. Even though you might be going through tough times now, I am confident you’ll be able to get through it and come out on the other end as a stronger and happier person.

P.S.

Michelle, author of Mishka Wife of Sex Addict is now one of our Recovery Coaches. She’s been featured on Anderson Cooper for her courage and written up in a number of international publications. She saved her marriage and is now working with women all over the world.
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She would love to give you warm welcome, listen to your story, and give you her advice and support. Here is a video of her introducing herself to the Feed The Right Wolf community.

She also runs one of the most popular podcasts on the internet with her husband call Sex Afflictions and Addictions. You can listen to it here.


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