Porn Addiction is All Over the World; And so is the Ability to Break Free.

Sep 24, 2009

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by Dr. Bernell Christensen, Candeo Co-founder

 As I look back on my 30+ years as an “in the trenches therapist, I can tell you that my clients suffering under the burden of pornography use and other sexual addictions, have come from all walks of life. There has never been one, single set of identifying characteristics under which I could place all those who struggle with this addiction. While I have known about this diversity for many years, our Candeo online recovery training program has brought this to light in ways I never imagined.  

People are often surprised to learn that we have individuals (we call them Candeo Students) engaged in our addiction recovery training program from all 50 states in the U.S. and in 35 countries! But the diversity is not just geographical. Candeo Students come from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, religious affiliations, education and economic levels. We have both men and women on our program, and they range in age from 13 to 80. Our recovery students hail from many different professions including teachers, doctors, business owners, military, clergy, therapists, CEOs, politicians and a lot more. Many of our Students are also students in colleges and schools across the globe. Does this diversity surprise you? What is it about pornography addiction that allows it to cross all boundaries and entrap men, women and children world-wide? 

 Many have assumed that the common denominator is religion—people are disturbed and obsessed about their porn use because of their religious beliefs. While this is certainly a contributing factor, it is far from being the rule—we have a significant number of Students who are non-religious. Some claim that this is strictly a “male addiction—a growing number of our Students are female. It would seem to make sense that internet porn addiction is more prevalent among the younger generation who are more “tech savvy. While many of our Students are in their 20s and 30s, we regularly help those much older. So if predicting porn addiction can’t be confined to age, gender, culture, religion or profession, then what is the common denominator among those who become entrapped? Taking the risk of sounding over-simplistic, or even ridiculous, I’ll tell you what it is: the common denominator among pornography addicts is that they all have a brain. 

 Now, before you dismiss this as “silly, or assume I’m making an inept attempt at humor, stay with me for a moment. The reason pornography can titillate, entrap and enslave people of all types all over the world, is because of the effect porn has on the human brain. We all have a brain. We all are “sexual beings. Built into the very fabric of our DNA coding is programming that causes us to respond in some way to the sexual stimuli and queues that are all around us. This incredibly powerful force motivates us to seek relationships, pair off and propagate our species. In so many ways, sexuality is an amazing gift to be embraced and enjoyed. While sexual processes are carried out in many parts of the body, nowhere are they more numerous, complex and powerful than in the human brain. During sexual intimacy, the brain releases remarkable and very potent neuro-chemicals, which allow us to narrowly focus our attention, feel pleasure, release stress, connect and bond, and receive many other benefits. Many neuropsychologists have referred to sex as a “drug because it triggers the release of chemicals that are in many ways identical to those released during drug use. Any way you look at it, sex has a big impact on the human brain and the entire nervous system. 

So what does all of this have to do with pornography? According to research in neuro-science, psychology and the latest brain scanning technology, the viewing of pornography creates the same type of brain response that having sex does. In fact, from a neuro-chemical standpoint, when porn viewing and masturbation are engaged in, the brain believes the body is actually having sex. So, at the push of a mouse button, any time of the day or night, any individual across the globe with an internet connection can instantly engage in sexual process. He or she can flood their brain and nervous system with powerful neuro-chemicals that in many ways have the same effect as street drugs. They can instantly produce pleasure and self-medicate their stress, loneliness, boredom, anger, fear and any other negative emotion. Now do you see why the one universal, common denominator among porn addicts world-wide is “they have a brain?

The good news is, the Candeo Online Recovery Training Program was designed to help anyone across the world with pornography addiction. All you need is an internet connection and basic skills with the English language. Just as pornographers tap into and take advantage of the brain and its built-in sexual processes, Candeo teaches individuals how to harness and direct the brain’s incredible power for change. Everything you need to break free is already built in to that magnificent brain of yours! And that remarkable ability for positive change is something universal to every person on the planet.     
     
For More Information:
If you want to learn more about the Brain Science of Porn Addiction, and how to protect your marriage and family from this addiction, get Mark Kastleman’s acclaimed book, “The Drug of the New Millennium. You can purchase it online at Amazon.com.
If you or someone you love is trapped in pornography use, please visitwww.candeocan.com to learn how to break free.