Pornography Addiction: It's like "Dating" Porn

Mar 02, 2012

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Research reveals that pornography viewing releases adrenalin and dopamine into the blood stream. In essence, adrenalin gives a physical "rush" and dopamine acts as a pain killer. This combination is powerfully addicting. Drug and alcohol addicts say that a pornography addiction is as bad or worse than a substance addiction.

More recent research also shows that something even more shocking occurs during pornography sessions. Scientists speculate that a hormone called oxytocin is also released. The combination of dopamine and oxytocin acts as a “biochemical love potion” according to behavioral therapist Andrea Kuszewski.

The end result: pornography viewing sessions can cause the addict to be more inclined to form an emotional attachment to their addiction of choice. And more interesting, pornography viewers don't have to actually have sexual relations in order to get those neurotransmitters firing.

Kuszewski says that when you watch porn, “you're bonding with it…and those chemicals make you want to keep coming back to have that feeling.”

In short, pornography addicts seem to develop a neurological attachment to pornography. They are, in essence, dating porn.

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