Sex addiction vs. Porn addiction

By Matt Bulkley | Blog Education Series

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Contrary to popular belief, porn addiction and sex addiction are not the same issues. Even though both these forms of addictions might appear similar on the surface, they are not necessarily so. In fact, the treatment for sex addiction and porn addiction also differs. Understanding the differences between porn addiction and sex addiction is critical to seek an effective treatment for each issue.

If you want to learn the dissimilarities between porn addiction and sex addiction, here is what you need to keep in mind:

Trend

Due to easy access high speed porn sites today, porn addiction appears to be on the rise. People can download porn material on their laptops or smart phones anywhere. As compared to porn addiction, sex addiction is not skyrocketing as it involves ‘real’ people. However, having said that, a number of high-profile sex addiction cases have emerged over the past few years. Case in point: Tiger Woods.

Partner

While sex addiction involves real people, porn addiction involves viewing explicit porn material on a computer screen. Not to mention, sex addicts have risky sexual encounters with multiple partners. On the other hand, a porn addict could be single or in a relationship, yet addicted to porn images.

Performance

Porn addicts have a difficult time performing sexually. In many cases, they might even face sexual performance problems. As these addicts are dependent on visual porn for stimulation, they face difficulties in responding sexually to their partners. On the contrary, sex addicts do not face similar issues. In fact, they look for risky sex with a variety of partners.

A simple way to differentiate between the two forms of addictions is that porn addiction is a lot like being addicted to smoking. Much like how smoking enables an addict to take in nicotine, viewing explicit material online releases dopamine. There is no real human being involved, as opposed to sex addiction. Meanwhile, researchers have classified sex addiction as a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

No doubt, people might find both sex addiction and porn addiction confusing, but the crux of the matter is that a porn addict is not necessarily addicted to sex (and vice versa). Both these forms of addictions have diverse causes and treatments, even though the subject matter appears to be the same.

Are you looking for a result-oriented sex addiction solution? Do you need access to effective porn addiction therapy? Contact STAR Guides. Based in St. George, Utah, STAR Guides offers a one-of-its-kind wilderness therapy program to help cure sex addiction and porn addiction among teens and young adults. Click here to schedule a free consultation with STAR Guides.

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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