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Stages of Porn Addiction


Many people view porn addiction in terms of black and white. You either have it or you don’t.

This approach, however, is not very practical. It forces most of the people to react by denying any form of porn addiction, until they are presented with undeniable facts, such as getting into legal trouble, or getting caught by their spouse or children.

In his book “Treating Pornography Addiction” Dr. Kevin B. Skinner suggests viewing addiction not in terms of black and white, but rather in terms of stages.

Stage 1. Mild exposure – once or twice a year, no affect on regular life.

Stage 2. Pornography use does not indicate addiction – occasional looking at pornography with increased interest.

Stage 3. Signs of trouble – person looks about once a month, usually tries to avoid, but occasionally urge get so strong that cannot be controlled, and person gives in.

Stage 4. Individual notices increased sexual fantasies, and attempts to control them, which results in stronger withdrawal symptoms.

Stage 5. Pornography impacting day to day living with significant portion of the day spend thinking about pornography.

Stage 6. Pornography dominates most of the day to day lives, affecting work, school, and personal relationships.

Stage 7. Pornography and acting out consumes most of individuals time, leaving him feeling completely out of control.

This “staged” definition of porn addiction is very practical, and it allows individuals to recognize the signs of trouble and begin seeking help prior to arriving to stage 7.

http://www.feedtherightwolf.org/2010/04/sex-addiction-working-definition.html

In Corinthian 6:12-20, Paul writes about Sexual morality and says “Our body is the temple of the holy spirit” so try to keep your mind clean. Fast of the eyes, ears and mouth against profanities and any form of immorality will begin the journey to your freedom.

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  1. August 3, 2010 at 3:45 am

    IS it ok 2 view porn with you spouse or boyfriend?

    • August 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

      I think viewing porn no matter where or with whom is wrong. In Song of Solomon 2:7, the bible says “Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.”

      If a man or woman needs porn to get into the mood, then there is definitely a problem that needs to be addressed. Remember the stages of pornography in my previous post. God did not create us to get the feeling from a visually immoral act. In 1 John 4:1, the bible says, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God….”

      My prayer for you Martha is that for all that you go through and do, you put God first and ask God in prayer to help you discern what is right in His eyes. God will use you in a great way someday. God bless you a lot.

      i-Stopped.

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