Having pornography so readily and easily available makes it a difficult addiction to battle. After all, internet access is available 24/7 in our homes, at work and on our smartphones. Breaking a pornography addiction often requires the help of a certified sex addiction therapist as well as other professionals.
Pornography has likely been around for thousands of years, but in recent decades it has massively expanded in accessibility. Pornography addiction for many people is the “primary addiction.” With the rise of the Internet, smartphones and other media people are being exposed to pornography earlier and earlier.
Many of our clients report exposure at ages as low as five years old. Pornography addiction can develop and start to have an impact much sooner than other addictive behaviors.
As with other addictions, porn addiction has effects across all aspects of a person’s life. Work, family and social bonds can all be impacted by addiction. When a person develops an addiction to pornography, their brain is craving a high. The same chemicals associated with drug addictions flood into the brain creating many of the same effects. When individuals start to crave the chemical release associated with viewing pornography other portions of their life suffer. The addiction enables people to get away from the pressures of life in an unhealthy manner.What sets pornography addiction apart from other addictions is the shame associated with the addiction. Due to the embarrassment and shame many pornography addicts face, they can retreat into feelings of denial instead of seeking treatment for the underlying issues. For most addicts, addiction can be a symptom of a larger underlying problem or problems.
At Desert Solace, many of us know firsthand from personal experience how hard it can be to seek pornography addiction treatment. One recurring element of almost all addictions is that you have tried to stop your destructive behavior and cannot. That’s when you know you need porn rehab.
Although we only treat adult males, pornography addiction does not affect just the addicted member of the family; it affects everyone. The wives we see are devastated by the discovery of their husband’s addiction and often are the ones who contact us about porn rehab for their husband before it destroys their marriage.
Wives feel embarrassment, shame, desperation. They wonder why it has happened to their family and if they are to blame in some way. They worry their children will discover the truth and feel their own shame — or worse, be drawn into pornography addiction themselves.
We always tell wives they are not to blame for their husband’s problem, but they can help with his porn addiction rehab. We also provide unmatched support to spouses and parents who are struggling to understand their husband or child’s addictive behaviors through our family support program. This support doesn’t end when the client leaves, it continues for as long as the spouse needs it.
When Desert Solace opened, we were the first residential treatment center specializing in porn addiction in the state of Utah. We believe that our clients need to be separated from the stresses of life to properly treat their addiction to pornography.At Desert Solace, we treat pornography addiction in a clinical, judgement-free environment that allows clients the ability to address the foundational issues that led to their addictions.We also believe that an addiction to pornography involves the recovery of the spouse and family. An important factor for the addict’s recovery, is for the client’s spouse or family to be involved in treatment. It takes a proper understanding of how addictions develop and how to properly treat the root causes for everyone to properly heal.
Our therapists understand the fear and shame that come with pornography addiction. The LDS church takes the covenant of marriage seriously, and it is clear that any sexual activity outside of the marriage is damaging to the marriage. This includes viewing pornography as well as masturbation.
The church — as well as LDS wives — expect men to confine their sexual activity to their marriage. Engaging in sexual experiences outside of the marriage harms the marriage, as well as the entire family. One type of harm that we see often is a spouse experiencing betrayal trauma from their husband’s actions. Porn addiction rehab helps you rebuild your family and your life.
At Desert Solace, we provide the pornography addiction help that LDS men need to move beyond this painful chapter of their lives. We provide hope and healing to men who feel lost, alone and broken.
With help from our certified sex addiction therapists, men learn how to beat pornography addiction through their faith and connection to God, but also through a research-backed program that is specific to treating sex addiction
We run a residential pornography addiction recovery program because we believe removing an addict from their current environment is crucial to porn rehab success. Part of overcoming addiction to pornography is learning your triggers and finding out what in your daily life causes you to seek unhealthy release.
With our help, men rediscover their strength and courage to persevere and regain a stronger connection to their family.
You are not alone. The professional team at Desert Solace is here to help you with overcoming addiction to pornography. Our porn rehab program brings you the peace that has eluded you for so long. Talk to us today to learn about pornography addiction resources so you can be happy again.