Porn Addiction: 10 Effective Ways To Stop Watching Porn

It can be really frustrating to keep trying to quit porn but failing over and over again.

Sometimes you just might be a little bit confused about the right steps to take.

Here are the 10 steps that you can take and if you’re missing one of these then your struggle with porn addiction is just going to be much harder.

 

1. Get rid of all porn related material

Get rid of all material related to pornography. This involves destroying all physical and online pornography. Throw away any magazines, DVDs, channel subscriptions, video store memberships everything has to go.

If you have devices which you used to enhance your masturbation experience when you watch porn these have to go as well. Leave nothing behind.

 

2. Install filtering and accountability software

Filtering software is a tool to help you avoid a website that could trigger a relapse.

Sometimes you’re online to simply buy something on Amazon and next thing you know you’re reading the news you see a pop-up and something goes off in your head and before you know it you’ve forgotten that you came online to do one thing which is buy something on Amazon.

So filters will not allow you to access those websites which could ruin your day and cause you to relapse.

Accountability software is similar but one major difference is that accountability software can be set up to notify your accountability partner off when you’re visiting a pornography-related site.

Some accountability software even notifies your accountability partner when you try to bypass or uninstall it.

 

3. Avoid being online in private

Avoid being online in private at work or if you live in a place with multiple people. Make sure your computer is facing a general area where people pass by often.

This reduces the probability of you watching pornography. If you’re always watching porn in your room take your device to a public area. Do your work in cafes and libraries. When you return home, put your device away.

 

4. Delete all files related to pornography and sex on all your devices

Find all those files that you’ve downloaded that are¬†pornography related and delete them. It helps to have a friend or accountability partner with you that knows your problem and make sure that you’re not hiding anything related to pornography.

This includes explicit pictures and videos of people whom you may be dated in the past had sex with, movies animation, digital literature everything of an explicit nature has to be deleted.

Again you need accountability with this. Have a trusted person scan your device for any explicit material and give them permission to delete it after you’ve cleaned everything out.

 

5. Limit social media

How often have you gone to social media sites like Facebook or Instagram and found a click bait video or picture of a semi-naked girl?

You watch one picture and then you keep on watching another and the next thing you know you have opened an incognito window on chrome.

Limiting access to your social media will help you focus better on other aspects of life.

 

6. Get an accountability partner

An accountability partner is someone who keeps you accountable to the behaviours and boundaries that you have set up in your life in order to help you quit porn.

This person reminds you of when you might be taking a risk that would lead back to pornography and it’s also someone who you reach out to when you experience very strong urges that could end in a slip.

Your accountability partner should be supportive. They could be someone who is going through the same issue as you are and perhaps they’re actively trying to quit.

Your accountability partner shouldn’t be someone who doesn’t take porn addiction seriously or someone who doesn’t think it’s a big deal. They also should not be a romantic partner and the reason why is despite the good intentions they are emotionally involved with you.

Sooner or later your behaviour is going to affect them negatively.

 

7. Identify risky behaviours and draw boundaries

Take some time to find out which behaviours that you engage in the lead to porn addiction or that lead to a relapse.

For instance being home alone might be a trigger for watching pornography. Every time you realize that your family is out or your roommate is out you immediately stop what you’re doing and you go online to look for pornography.

A boundary for this would be to get offline whenever you’re home alone or just leave your home and move to a public place to use your device.

For some people drinking alcohol or using drugs is the sort of behaviour that causes you to watch pornography. Stress, loneliness, anger seeing women dressed in a certain way up to gym whatever it is for you identify that risky behaviour, create a boundary for it.

 

8. Dedicate your recovery to someone

Set up reminders of people who you care about and dedicate your recovery to somebody. What I mean by this is if you’re in a¬† relationship it helps to remember that you are with someone.

Dedicate your recovery from porn addiction to someone that you care about, someone whom you want to be the best self or for your Spouse or your children.

You know when you’re working or in areas where you frequently watch porn put up a picture of this person to remind yourself that this isn’t just about you and that every time you slip or relapse you’re not being the person who they think you are.

 

9. Cancel all recurring subscriptions and payment to porn related material

If you have a membership to a porn site or a dating site or an app get rid of it and cancel it. The last thing you need is to be doing so well in your recovery then the reminder for your monthly subscription the subscription to some porn site shows up and misses you up.

This also includes physical places that you get porn from like video stores.

 

10. Join a support group

Beating pornography addiction is not something that you can go at alone. It really helps to be part of a community which understands your problem and which has other people going through the same struggle.

When you realize that you have people that you can speak to, people who can guide you on your journey and people who can inspire you-you’re going to feel much better about this process.

Most large towns and cities have support groups like sex addicts Anonymous and sex and love addicts Anonymous. There are also men and women’s groups which address pornography addiction.

If you live far from an area which has a support group there are also online recovery groups which meet periodically.

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