Porn Addiction: Staging an Effective Intervention

There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not pornography and its use can be truly addictive, and many families are living the debate out loud in their daily lives. Though there is the potential for the use of porn to enhance a consensual relationship, overuse of porn by one party or use of porn to the exclusion of interpersonal contact with a spouse or partner can be harmful to the relationship.

Many patients also find that in addition to the damage done to close relationships, their compulsive use of porn can inhibit their ability to function in general, stopping them from accomplishing work and even causing them legal problems as well.

An intervention can be a welcome acknowledgement of an issue that is often closely guarded by the addicted person – or it can be an embarrassing exposure of a problem that they don’t wish to discuss. Either way, it’s often the only way that concerned family members can help their loved one to get the treatment that will help them move toward balance in their lives and their relationships.

Protecting Privacy

One of the first things to consider when staging an intervention for a loved one struggling with porn addiction is their privacy. Though the issue may be more well known that they – or you – realize, it may not be something that you want to broadcast among those who are not closely connected to the situation. Keep the gathering simple and small, including only those who are aware of the porn addiction issue and that your addicted loved one knows well. Helping him or her to remain as comfortable as possible from the start will aid in eliciting honesty and a true focus on recovery throughout the intervention process.

Finding Appropriate Treatment

Unlike an addiction to drugs or alcohol, porn addiction is not commonly treated by inpatient care unless the patient prefers to have around-the-clock support during the first 30 days of abstinence or they also struggle with another disorder that is present at the same time, such as substance abuse. In such a case, inpatient Dual Diagnosis care is almost always recommended because it is proven to be the fastest track to stabilization in recovery for the patient when it comes to managing symptoms and triggers that affect both disorders.

Before staging an intervention, it’s important that you find the right treatment program for your loved one’s needs. Contact us at the phone number listed above and get the assistance you need to find the right program and the right family mediator to help you get your loved one into treatment.

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