Should We Stop Calling Porn an Addiction?

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There’s a lot of debate out there right now about what “addiction” means, if we should apply it to those who use pornography compulsively, and whether it helps or hinders people when we do apply it to them.

Recenlty Dr. Greg Popcak published a blog entitled, “New Research Suggests Porn is NOT an Addiction. It is a Compulsion. Here’s Why That Matters.” Read it here.

A number of people asked me to respond. Here’s my response, not to what Popcak said specifically, but to the whole notion of porn addiction in general.

If you’re interested in learning more, listen to my interview with neurosurgeon Dr. Donald L. Hilton, who does believe we should say porn is addictive).

3 thoughts on “Should We Stop Calling Porn an Addiction?

  1. Speaking from experience after living many years addicted to booze, drugs & lust I can testify that pornography addiction is an absolute reality. When I came clean, by the grace of God, from active alcohol & drug consumption I could not understand why I could not stop the solitary vice of acting out to pornography. I would act out to magazines, suggestive images in main stream media, & even draw sexual acts using my artistic talents. My wife even became just a sex object to me.
    Today, one day at at time, I am sober from active lusting. Lust always is trying to grab my attention again & again. I have to wear the armor of God daily in this spiritual battle & shatter the illusions of lust by heeding the words of the gospel 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “pray without ceasing”.
    God bless.
    Chris

  2. Thank you for your video about the use of the term, “addiction,” especially in the case of pornography. Have you read the article in “The Therapist” magazine (issue Sept/ Oct 2016), “How the concepts of ‘sex addiction’ and ‘porn addiction’ are failing our clients”? The therapist authors think the use of the term is harmful to clients and I disagree. The article has 2 pages of references in fine print, mostly supporting the authors’ views. My question: are there many scientific studies that you know of that show the benefit of certain 12- step programs or spiritual retreats that help people find freedom from pornography addiction?

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