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Posted 23 August 2014 - 05:51 AM

Nasty subject, isn't it? Yeah. It is. No one likes to talk about it.This is one of the things that is shunned in society. Well no more. It is time for this topic to be exposed and discussed. I decided I want to bring this into the light. I want to address it for the sake of talking about it and helping those who wish to talk about this in a comfortable and non-judgmental environment. Some may say, how does this differ from No Fap on Reddit or YourBrainRebalanced? Well, those websites are incredibly expansive and people join every single day with countless threads all over the place. I wanted this thread to be closely knit and I wanted it to be an objective environment where people can express their emotions about addiction and their thoughts on recovery.

 

Now, where do I begin? I guess I'll start by providing some basic information about why I wanted to talk about this. Instead of these ramblings going into "Share Your Feelings" or another thread, I figured this thread should be separate. I had two choices. Either I bump an old thread that dealt with similar topics, or I'd make a new one with more information.

 

Enough of me rambling on with an introduction. Let's divulge into the matter.

 

Addiction Definition (according to Webster's Dictionary)

 

ad·dic·tion - a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)

(2) compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly :  persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful

 

^ Sound familiar doesn't it? Now, even though this isn't a physical substance you can score off the street, P (let's just call porn that for now without setting off triggers) is virtually free. As long as one has an Internet Connection and complete access to it, it's free. There's no limit.

 

Over time once an individual exposes themselves to that type of material, it will get worse. It soon turns into an addiction. The dopamine receptors in the brain become starved and the same stuff an addict used to get off to doesn't satisfy them anymore. They need stronger and more shocking material. The cycle continues.

 

For more studies about the brain and neuroscience click here

 

 

And here

 

 

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Okay, now even though that part above focuses on an introduction and the science behind addiction, here's the nitty gritty of this thread. I wanted to ask your opinions on this. What do you think about it? Despite the statistics and heavy facts about addiction, it is possible to recover. However, that's the hardest part. Recovery.

 

But what are your thoughts on this? I'll chime in as well with links and my own opinions as well.

 

Footnote: Please refrain from posting vulgar comments & images that are suggestive. Stay on topic and DO NOT spam. It will be reported if you do.

 

*And mods, I'll make edits to this post if I have to, but if this thread is a fail, do what you must.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 05:55 AM

Cancel your Brazzers subscription and use the money in a brothel instead.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 05:55 AM

Here's to you being smut-free.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 05:56 AM Edited by gtamann123, 23 August 2014 - 05:57 AM.

I'm addicted to porn but I have no desire to end it. I don't see a point in trying to "cure" myself of my addiction to pornography. It isn't like its doing me any harm or anything. Best of luck if you want to cure your addiction though. 

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 05:57 AM

I don't like pornography at all, so I can't relate, but I would suggest doing things to take your mind off it.  I used to have a childish addiction to gaming for a very long time, but I found a much more productive passion in writing, so I write a lot now, and game a lot less.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:02 AM

Here's to you being smut-free.

Smut's not pr0n. It's passionate stories about the throes of lust and love.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:03 AM

I don't like pornography at all, so I can't relate, but I would suggest doing things to take your mind off it.  I used to have a childish addiction to gaming for a very long time, but I found a much more productive passion in writing, so I write a lot now, and game a lot less.


Brushing off frequent gaming as a childish addiction, and then proceeding to call writing a productive passion seems a bit... odd.

If you've only replaced gaming with writing as a way to achieve happiness, then there's no real change at all.
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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:07 AM

The next post I have to delete gets a warn.


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:10 AM

This would be great material for somewhere else though...


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:11 AM

Brushing off frequent gaming as a childish addiction, and then proceeding to call writing a productive passion seems a bit... odd.


If you've only replaced gaming with writing as a way to achieve happiness, then there's no real change at all.

 

 

Yeah well that's like your opinion, man.  Writing has increased my literary skills, and also expanded my vocabulary while gaming has not provided me with any worthwhile skills, unless I'm playing something educational.  Completing a piece of writing also grants me great satisfaction, and having it reviewed by others and receiving positive feedback is also always pleasing.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:17 AM

you dont even show me your written stuff :/


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:21 AM

This would be great material for somewhere else though...

I wish I knew where to put it though besides Gen Chat.

 

But OT: I appreciate the wishes and stuff, but recovery is really strange. I'm used to blanketing odd feelings and emotions with artificial depression brought on by relapsing. Now I have all these emotions that I can't even interpret. I don't know if I'm happy, sad, or angry. It's weird, Xyn.


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:26 AM

 It isn't like its doing me any harm or anything. Best of luck if you want to cure your addiction though. 

I appreciate the wishes, but I must inform you that this stuff does do harm. You may not know, but your brain is altered to tolerate that stuff. It also causes ED, which ain't good. It's hard to break free from what you know for so long.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:31 AM

Porn is not for me, never really has been either. Whilst I have watched pornographic material and did so quite frequently when I was younger, it never escalated. Can't beat the real deal. ;)
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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:41 AM

 

 It isn't like its doing me any harm or anything. Best of luck if you want to cure your addiction though. 

I appreciate the wishes, but I must inform you that this stuff does do harm. You may not know, but your brain is altered to tolerate that stuff. It also causes ED, which ain't good. It's hard to break free from what you know for so long.

 

All of that and you could end up like this guy

 


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 08:18 AM

Here are a couple of my thoughts: on one side I think wow this kid must really want attention but then I think this kid must really need salvation.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 10:12 AM Edited by KnobCheez, 23 August 2014 - 10:16 AM.

Jesus Christ OP stop being such a drama queen. People have been wanking since before there was people, it's no big deal. Why does everything have to be an addiction and require counselling these days?
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Posted 23 August 2014 - 10:14 AM Edited by gtarelatedusername2, 23 August 2014 - 10:15 AM.

No day on gtaforums would be complete without at least one member sharing their extremely personal and unintentionally hilarious sexual issues.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 10:43 AM

I'm addicted to porn but I have no desire to end it. I don't see a point in trying to "cure" myself of my addiction to pornography. It isn't like its doing me any harm or anything. Best of luck if you want to cure your addiction though. 

Well actually it is bad for you. Try being in a monogamous relationship. I upped my porn watching and it ruined sex for me for some time.

- Couldn't stay properly hard, my girlfriend didn't turn me on, blow job, whatever, not interesting.
- Couldn't feel sex really at all, I had been rubbing too hard and my penis sensitivity had gone down.
- Before these major problem I had a hard time finishing, which you might think is good, but not when it takes an hour of solid thrusting to finish, girls get sore/ could not be bothered to keep f*cking  after the first few orgasms.

Porn is like any hard drug, it releases dopamine and Oxytocin which are both addictive chemicals in your brain, Porn overloads your brain with stimuli and thus what happens is you build tolerance to the chemicals and need more and more to get the same reaction, this in turn decreases your sex drive because you need more chemical to stimulate you, now this won't apply just to porn by the way, dopamine is important for happiness in all aspects of life, so too much porn = less happiness, then what happens is you keep looking for more and more porn to stimulate you, different categories, new girls, new fantasies and it just escalates, your brain becomes used to having something new every single time. Then when it comes to banging your g/f in a monogamous relationship, she just doesn't cut it anymore. And you end up finishing her just so you can go masturbate/ do other things.

It's actually starting to be proven how bad it is for you, here is a whole website on it:
http://yourbrainonpo...n-your-sex-life

also the the user browsing this page who's name is "Knob Cheez" well you really made me chuckle.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 05:56 PM

Ive, waited, so, LONG for this. How do I stop loving womens feet?


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:07 PM

I was wondering when johnny_zoo would show up.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:11 PM Edited by johnny_zoo, 23 August 2014 - 06:17 PM.

I was wondering when johnny_zoo would show up.

 

I don't actually watch porn. But I am addicted to hookers. I've recently been making progress in refraining from seeking more out. 

 

This thread maybe a bit much but hey sex addiction is a real thing you know quit judging ShootPeople. 

 

Anyone here has it I recommend you watch this.

 

http://en.wikipedia....ame_(2011_film)

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:21 PM Edited by Jeone, 23 August 2014 - 07:23 PM.

Am I the only confused on why the op is taking about how bad porn is on a fourm for a game where you can water board people and have sex with a hooker?
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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:40 PM


I'm addicted to porn but I have no desire to end it. I don't see a point in trying to "cure" myself of my addiction to pornography. It isn't like its doing me any harm or anything. Best of luck if you want to cure your addiction though. 

Well actually it is bad for you. Try being in a monogamous relationship. I upped my porn watching and it ruined sex for me for some time.

- Couldn't stay properly hard, my girlfriend didn't turn me on, blow job, whatever, not interesting.
- Couldn't feel sex really at all, I had been rubbing too hard and my penis sensitivity had gone down.
- Before these major problem I had a hard time finishing, which you might think is good, but not when it takes an hour of solid thrusting to finish, girls get sore/ could not be bothered to keep f*cking  after the first few orgasms.

Porn is like any hard drug, it releases dopamine and Oxytocin which are both addictive chemicals in your brain, Porn overloads your brain with stimuli and thus what happens is you build tolerance to the chemicals and need more and more to get the same reaction, this in turn decreases your sex drive because you need more chemical to stimulate you, now this won't apply just to porn by the way, dopamine is important for happiness in all aspects of life, so too much porn = less happiness, then what happens is you keep looking for more and more porn to stimulate you, different categories, new girls, new fantasies and it just escalates, your brain becomes used to having something new every single time. Then when it comes to banging your g/f in a monogamous relationship, she just doesn't cut it anymore. And you end up finishing her just so you can go masturbate/ do other things.
It's actually starting to be proven how bad it is for you, here is a whole website on it:
http://yourbrainonpo...n-your-sex-life

also the the user browsing this page who's name is "Knob Cheez" well you really made me chuckle.

Yeah but I am not in a relationship and never will be. So I guess it doesn't matter. But I get what your saying about eventually growing bored of the same types of porn. And I have cut down a lot so I don't get too desensitized. And it seems to be working because it doesn't seem like I'm desensitized.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:46 PM

Yeah but I am not in a relationship and never will be.

 

Not with that attitude!

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:49 PM


Yeah but I am not in a relationship and never will be.
 

Not with that attitude!

Or not with my face either :p
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Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:56 PM Edited by gtarelatedusername2, 23 August 2014 - 07:56 PM.

 

 

Yeah but I am not in a relationship and never will be.
 

Not with that attitude!

Or not with my face either :p

 

lol have you SEEN what I look like?! :p Plus I'm short on top of it. Looks definitely help, but confidence is key. And once you get to know someone well enough, you begin to notice little things about them, percieved 'flaws' even, and they can become beautiful.


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 08:04 PM Edited by Twang., 23 August 2014 - 08:06 PM.

There is a pretty good movie that deals with this sort of thing. It's called Don Jon and it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlet Johannsen.

I recommend it if you can deal with a corny Jersey accent.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 09:07 PM


Yeah but I am not in a relationship and never will be.
 

Not with that attitude!
Or not with my face either :p
Change that f*cking attitude
I know a lot of ugly people who are in a relationship
And worst a lot a of terrible people who has girlfriends
If they can ,so do you,dont lie to yourself that meet a girl is difficult cause is not
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Posted 23 August 2014 - 09:20 PM

 

 

 

Yeah but I am not in a relationship and never will be.
 

Not with that attitude!
Or not with my face either :p

 

Change that f*cking attitude
I know a lot of ugly people who are in a relationship
And worst a lot a of terrible people who has girlfriends
If they can ,so do you,dont lie to yourself that meet a girl is difficult cause is not

 

Who are you his mentor and counsellor?

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