Porn Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

By Matt Bulkley | Blog Education Series

STAR Guides Wilderness - Porn Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

Many teens attempt to quit porn on their own which can an almost impossible task. As research shows, addiction to pornography is similar to being addicted to drugs and trying to beat this addiction can be difficult to say the least.

If you have been trying to kick this habit, or your son/daughter has been trying to do it on their own, then you need to look for the withdrawal symptoms mentioned below. When you recognize these symptoms you will know that you have a real problem and you need professional help. You can visit our enrollment page to enroll yourself or your child in our wilderness therapy program.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal from pornography addiction can almost be similar to withdrawal from addictive drugs. The symptoms are very similar, because pornography also causes the same type of physical and chemical changes in human body as opiates do. The changes in neurochemicals, like dopamine and endorphins, are responsible for the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • A common withdrawal symptom from pornography is anxiety.
  • Many porn addicts complain of feeling restless when they go without porn for long periods.
  • When they are not able to access pornography, addicts can get irritable and irrational.
  • Insomnia is another common withdrawal symptom of porn addiction; the addict’s brain is so wrapped up in fantasies that it staves off sleep.
  • Quitting pornography can bring about undue fatigue in the addict.
  • Headaches are an off and on symptom.
  • Pornography addicts often find it hard to concentrate on any other activity, when they go too long without watching porn.
  • The feelings of shame, from viewing extremely explicit imagery, can often cause depression.
  • Loss of libido can also manifest as a withdrawal symptom; the addicts can find it hard to relate to the opposite sex after living in a fantasy world for so long.

Observe your teens behavior and see if you can recognize any of the symptoms mentioned above. If you do, you can get in touch with us (800.584.4629) and a representative from STAR Guides can help you to enroll your child in our effective therapy program.

About the Author

Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.

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