PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION IS REAL
But you are not alone.
Don’t try to overcome this without help from others.
There is HOPE!
Maybe you’ve tried to overcome porn use in the past and failed.
Keep in mind:
What Does NOT Work:
- Trying to overcome pornography use on your own
- Believing that praying more and being more religious will take it away
- Minimizing the problem, hoping it will just go away
- Hiding the problem from others
- Being too embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help
What DOES Work:
- Admitting to yourself and at least one other person that you have a problem
- Taking responsibility for getting help
- Letting go of shame associated with pornography addiction
- Seeking the help you need
- Being accountable to others
- Walking with the Lord every day in recovery
- Being willing to do whatever it takes to recover!
(adapted from PeterKleponis.com)
The first step that anyone viewing pornography needs to do is admit that they need to change. Many people lack this courage; the fact that you are reading this right now means you have taken the first step. You've seen the ways pornography is affecting your life and you have decided that it's time to get serious about becoming FREE.
Recognize that freedom from pornography isn't an event, it's a process. You need to realize that you're embarking upon a marathon, not a sprint.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Realize You are Not Alone
Millions of men and women struggle with compulsive pornography use. It is estimated that 40% of men and 20% of women are addicted to it.
2. Let Go of the Shame
When people struggle with an addiction they often feels tremendous guilt and shame. Guilt is the emotion that tells us when we’ve done something wrong and must fix it. This is good. Shame is the emotion that leads us to believe that because of what we’ve done, we are bad people, and if people really knew, they would reject us. This is bad. Shame is not from God; it is a powerful weapon that Satan uses to keep people trapped in their addiction. Don’t let Satan win this battle!
3. Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
This is a very powerful sacrament not only because we receive God’s forgiveness, but because you are taking your addiction out of the darkness and bringing it into the light.
4. Seek Professional Help
Comprehensive recovery programs, such as the Integrity Restored Program, are powerful. To get started it’s important to find a therapist who is certified in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction.
5. Realize that God Still Loves You
So many men and women who are addicted to pornography have difficulty receiving God’s love. They believe that God has abandoned them. While God may allow you to struggle with this addiction, know that he still loves you deeply. He often uses recovery programs to draw people closer to Him and to help others. So even though you may not notice him, he is at work in your life.
No matter how bad things are, it’s important to realize that God has a special plan for your life. He wants you to be a strong, joyful, well-rounded individual. By taking charge of your addiction and committing to a comprehensive recovery program, you will become the person God created you to be!
(adapted from IntegrityRestored.com)
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Helping Catholic men and women break free from pornography addiction. 7-point plan for recovery. Hope for wives. No one has to live a life enslaved by pornography. Now is the time to seek freedom!
Excellent resources from a recent conference on pornography.