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  • Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Porn Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Addiction and Real Freedom!

I don’t know if I’ve met anyone that came limping into recovery that wasn’t carrying multiple addictions with them. I wasn’t any different.


A year and a half or so into my recovery I was still hooked on pornography, and hating it. The shame, the guilt and hiding in the shadows felt the same in many regards as drug and alcohol addiction did.


Once I finally began to try and get rid of this dark addiction I would sometimes refrain for a week, a month, maybe two months but it would always come back. It felt like I was wearing an invisible jacket that was filthy and stunk of B.O. when I was actively looking at pornography.


One may ask, what does sexual addictions have to do with drug and alcohol addictions?


Far more than one might most realize. Recent research on this subject gives us some good insights into how porn addiction and drug and alcohol addiction are very similar in their affects on the brain and body.


In 2013 a Documentary was released called, “Porn on the Brain.” The documentary cites, “Cambridge University Study: Internet porn addiction mirrors drug addiction.”


In the same way that drugs and alcohol activate feel good chemicals in our brain and body, so does porn. Our brain and body go wild with “feel good chemicals” when pornographic images hit the mind and light up the brain, and these “feel good chemicals” that are released are the same ones that drugs and alcohol release into our brain and body.


Watching porn releases dopamine in the part of the brain responsible for our emotions. Which is why many people that have subjected themselves to porn often have trouble communicating their emotional state to their loved ones. Norepinephrine is also activated, which increases alertness and focus, followed by a crash in energy.

Viewing porn also triggers the release of oxytocin, the love hormone. This is why many people that struggle with porn have a hard time maintaining long and healthy relationships. When someone engages in an unnatural activity (watching other people act out sex is not natural) it tricks our brain. Oxytocin is a healthy chemical that helps us bond with people we love. Well, when our brain starts to register a release of oxytocin with viewing porn our brain gets tricked into thinking that cheap sex is what real love is all about.

Watching porn also releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer. And, of course, watching porn also causes the feel good chemical serotonin to be released. Serotonin is the main hormone that stabilizes our well-being, mood, and happiness. When someone creates the habit of viewing porn to activate