ADDICTION – You are not alone
Pornography is a term that can evoke very different and strong emotional responses. The wake of pornography and addiction brings sorry and pain to those it touches. The start of exposure to pornography or the development of addiction can happen at any time across the lifespan, often though it begins in childhood and adolescence. The problem is often buried and hid due to the fear of what the social and relational consequences of disclosure might be. Others feel profound despair, feeling overcome and hopeless as they believe they are unworthy and unlovable. On the other side, there are spouses, partners, family members who also suffer indirectly as their loved one struggles. The good news is, there is hope and treatment for anyone suffering from this or any other addiction.
Here at Integrated Counseling and Wellness, we have a team of clinicians and staff that are trained to help you and your loved ones be free from the cords of this challenging problem. The process can be initially painful to ask for the help needed and to ask for the love, support, understanding, and forgiveness needed to walk in a different path. This pain, however, can be lifted and a new light and joy can be restored to your life. We understand how hard this battle can be and our caring professionals will walk along this path with you, providing the compassionate, non-judgmental, professional care you need to be successful.
We at Integrated Counseling and Wellness, will create a safe place for you to get the help you or a family member might need. Treatment will focus on building hope, courage, strength and repairing relationships. Discussions are always confidential and private and protected by federal law (HIPPA). Anyone we talk to will be only with your consent/permission and for the sole purpose of treatment and care.
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How Can We Help?
Here at the Integrated Counseling and Wellness clinic, we take a patient-centered and holistic approach to pornography addiction. This means we take each individual’s biology/chemistry, social/relationships, psychology, and spirituality into account.
Some of the ways we support you include but aren’t limited to: changing where a computer is located, finding a support group, exercise, eating nutritious meals, or even taking yoga classes – working together to create new habits that support your recovery.
Learning to regulate and manage stress is another component of successful treatment. With addiction the brain becomes reliant on a substance/stimulus that in effect manages stress and releases dopamine (a neurotransmitter in the brain associated with pleasure) and other powerful neurohormones. Our clinicians will guide you into new connections and pathways that will help break that negative cycle.
Another component of treatment often involves determining whether there is any history of trauma and what led to the addiction in the first place. For many, addiction to pornography can start by accidental exposure or just out of sheer curiosity but this isn’t the reason it stays. Recovery Ranch explained this directly as follows (https://www.recoveryranch.com/treatment-issues/love-sex-addiction/porn-addiction/):
Most porn addicts suffer from underlying emotional or psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem. Over time they learn to use sexual imagery not for pleasure, but as a way to dissociate from the uncomfortable feelings brought on by their underlying issues and difficult situations. Eventually, pornography becomes the default response for dealing with life stressors and unpleasant emotions and circumstances.
Since every individual who walks through our doors has a unique circumstance, we want to make sure we help you understand yourself and get you to a happy place in your life. Often this means we will help you become stronger by recognizing and treating other issues that may relate to why pornography has taken up such a large part of your life.
Our team will work with you and your loved ones to reopen your life to those things that are most valued and meaningful, including partner, family, work and creative growth, etc. Without the undercurrent of pornography influencing your life, you will gain the freedom to explore and experience a more beautiful, rewarding, and rich life.