I Quit Porn 6 Months Ago: No more porn for me. 


Introduction

The increased dopamine levels in your brain might make you feel that pornography use is a good habit, but it is not so, as porn is a type of parasite. 

It makes you feel that it causes no harm to you and is only a hobby, while it may cause negative effects, which may include sexual dysfunction, decreased sexual desires, social anxiety, brain fog, and so on. 

The easy right of entry to pornography on the internet is the reason why many individuals are afflicted by addiction to it. They watch porn to learn about it and revel in it firsthand, but because it increases dopamine levels within the mind, they grow addicted to it. 

By the time they comprehend the terrible effects, it is too late; they’re hooked on porn and might not be capable of stopping, even though they need to. Now they begin dwelling on a responsible existence. 

But do they deserve the blame? The short answer is no because they had no intention of becoming addicted in the first place—they were just curious about pornography. 

Should they now put up with this addiction? No, since nothing is impossible. People who are dependent on porn can stop using it if they so choose. With enough willpower, anyone can accomplish anything. 


Hurdles and Their Solution 

Hurdles and Their Solution 

It’s not easy to break free from this addictive behaviour; there are many obstacles to overcome, such as the persistent desire to watch porn, which can trigger a relapse and destroy your motivation. 

But once you start the journey, you’ll see some improvements that make the challenges worthwhile. Therefore, let’s first identify all the challenges you can encounter on your journey to a life free of porn, and then we’ll talk about the benefits of quitting porn


Porn withdrawal symptoms 

The journey will not be easy because you might have to suffer from porn withdrawal symptoms, which might include easily getting irritated, having difficulty concentrating, and having a desire to watch porn. 

But if you have willpower and are determined to stop porn consumption, then you can overcome these symptoms and lead a good life. 


No support 

Watching porn is something people feel guilty about, so you might not be able to tell your friends and family about your journey, which will lead to little or no support. 

But there are a lot of people who suffer from the same problem, and you can join them for their support. By joining them, you can not only gain support for your journey but also assist them on their journey and benefit from their experience. 


Demotivation 

Demotivation

There might be times when your willpower fails and you start watching pornography again. At that time, you might feel demotivated and want to quit the journey. 

So when the relapse happens, don’t think about your failure; instead, think about your success. What I mean to say is that when you relapse, instead of thinking that you won’t be able to free yourself from this addiction, all your efforts are now in vain. 

You should think that you stopped yourself from this addiction for some time, and hence you can continue your journey towards a porn-free life and set yourself free from porn use. 


Improvement 

After learning about the hurdles one has to face in the journey of a porn-free life and how to tackle them, let’s learn how those hurdles are worth it. That is, let’s get to know the benefits of quitting porn. 


Mental health 

Pornography addiction hurts sexual behavior as it reduces sex drive because people who watch porn imagine the same scenario in real life, but when they get physical with someone, this imagination is not fulfilled, leading to reduced sex drive. 

Moreover, it may lead to anxiety and depression and also affect our concentration. So leaving porn will lead you towards a depression- and anxiety-free lifestyle and will also improve your sexual drive, leading to a healthy relationship. 


Physical health 

Sex addiction has a very bad effect on one’s physical health, as it may lead to erectile dysfunction, stress, social anxiety, etc. This negative effect will lead to low self-esteem. 

So if you leave watching porn, you will be able to increase your self-esteem, which will lead to more socialization and a fulfilled life. 


Guilt-free life 

Most people who watch porn think of it as a sin and live a guilty life. This guilt keeps eating them from the inside and, in the end, leads to isolation and sleepless nights. 

And hence, withdrawal from porn will help them set themselves free from this guilt, leading to a happy and free life. 


Social life 

People who watch a lot of explicit content don’t want to socialize as they spend all their free time watching porn, which leads to loneliness and social anxiety. 

Therefore, giving up porn will allow a person to spend more time socializing and less time alone, eventually reducing feelings of social anxiety. 


Sex life 

Porn not only ruins physical health, mental health, and social life but also ruins sex life as people who watch porn grow unexpected expectations, which leads to less sexual satisfaction from real relationships. 

So the decision to quit porn will help them realize the difference between fictional and real-life sex and thus help them build healthy relationships by satisfying sex needs in a real relationship. 


How can I leave porn? 

no more porn

One of the best choices someone can make to improve their life is to stop watching porn, since it will enable them to live a more comfortable life. 

This decision might feel like an unachievable journey, but it is not true. You just have to have some support and willpower to achieve it. 

Thus, the following actions can be performed to overcome a porn addiction: These are relatively simple methods that anyone can follow. 


Restriction 

Porn users can start by restricting those apps and features that provide them access to porn, like Instagram, Google, Snapchat, etc. This restriction will help them stay away from porn, and they will utilize their free time for something beneficial. 


Support group 

Joining a support group is one of the best options for porn addicts, as this support group is full of people facing the same issue, so all can come together and help each other break free from pornography. 


Writing about your thoughts 

Writing about your thoughts is one of the best ways to quit porn again. What you can do with this method is start writing about porn whenever you feel like watching it. This will not only distract you but also help you identify the problem. 


Conclusion 

Breaking any addictive habit is like climbing a mountain. The journey is intense, and you may want to quit in the middle, but once you overcome the urge to quit in the middle, you reach your destination. 

You see such a beautiful landscape that all the obstacles feel worthwhile. Similarly, you may be very frustrated and overcome with recurring thoughts of trying to quit using porn, but once you get over it, you can live a healthy and fulfilling life. 

So, in your spare time or whenever you have the urge to view porn, try to distract yourself by blocking porn sites, socializing, and doing other things that make you happy. 


FAQ’S 

What are the benefits of quitting porn? 

People are ashamed of looking at porn, so quitting porn will help them live a guilt-free lifestyle and have a high-quality effect on their social life, physical fitness, and intellectual health. 

How do I start my adventure to a porn-free lifestyle? 

If you want to begin your adventure to a porn-free lifestyle, you’ll first want to ban internet porn, and this will be finished by blocking websites and apps that make you want to watch porn. 

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Morgan Schmidt

Morgan Schmidt, LPC, a Yale University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specializes in addiction treatment and is a licensed professional counselor. His practice as a therapist is informed by both his academic background and hands-on experience in the field. In addition to his therapeutic work, Morgan is also an active writer, sharing his knowledge on psychological and addiction topics, thereby reaching and educating a broader audience.