90 days. My full story and advice.

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  1. ThisTime

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    Hi all,

    Today is day 90 and I'd like to begin by quoting a famous visionary, trailblazer, and pioneer.
    "Lo Hicimos."
    - Dora the Explorer​

    In full disclosure, I'd like to share with you my story with the utmost sincerity.


    My Story:

    I am a student attending university in the United States.

    Background


    I was first introduced to pornography around 13 years old, similar to most people my age. After this initialization, I looked up images and gifs infrequently. It was natural curiosity about sex and women. I think I heard Megan Fox's name once thrown around by some friends, so some Google searches ensued. Many of my friends discussed words and experiences that I had never heard before.

    At age 15, I'm guessing I hit puberty last of my friends. Upon realizing what masturbation was, I tested it out. I viewed images and gifs of women to get off. Following my sister leaving the house for university that summer, things turned worse. I had the whole upstairs to myself, and I used that time to explore what was out there on the internet. I knew watching porn wasn't great, but it felt good and masturbation is natural, so I rationalized.

    From ages 16-18, I believe I watched porn every day. To satisfy the frequency of my watching, I turned to more violent stuff. My choice of poison was dominatrix porn. Yeah, I felt guilty. But hey, I worked hard in school and I deserve sexual release and this doesn't hurt anybody, so I rationalized. I figured I would stop watching when I reached college.

    I didn't. I wanted to stop but I couldn't. I couldn't miss a day.

    Last December, I admitted to myself about having a problem. So, I built up the courage and I told my best friend about it. And he supported me. He checked in on me. He installed a blocker on my computer and didn't give me the password. He comforted me. Yet, although I admitted about my problem, I personally made no effort to change. I was having a rough semester and I deserved this. I continued watching and I rationalized.

    THIS SUMMER, I HIT MY ROCK BOTTOM.
    I was watching porn one night and I simply broke down crying.
    I was tired of this.
    I joined this community.

    Today I'm 90 days free, and I'm never going back.


    My advice:
    Find out why you watch:
    Looking back, I realize that watching porn was a catharsis for my insecurity. I was afraid that because I was small, I was somehow less of a man. Masculinity is an issue that I constantly struggled with growing up, and it is something I wrestle with today. Further, I watched to release sexual frustration. I felt I lost control of my own love life, and porn was a crutch to hide behind.​

    Research:
    Find out about why porn causes addiction. I checked out neuroscience articles, TedTalks, YourBrainOnPorn, etc. In understanding why I got hooked, I realized I didn't want to watch anymore.

    Acceptance through role models:
    I love watching Terry Crews's videos on why he stopped watching. Man's a legend.
    Become okay with the fact that you will never watch porn again. It's tough, but that what makes the fight great.​

    Tell people:
    Today, many of my friends know my story. If they want to listen, I tell them. Although some shamed me, many more were inspired and helped me along. These are the people I am still friends with. I continue with their support.
    And with everything else, eating healthy and exercising helps.


    I am so thankful to everyone who has helped me along this journey. That being said, my journey is not over.

    I am strong. I am proud.

    We can do it.

    "Lo hicimos."

    -
    ThisTime
     
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  3. BobbyD

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    Congratulations on the new life!
    Im day 31 myself and its getting frustrating. I've only ever smoked weed which i don't feel is a drug and when i quit it was seamless. With nofap i feel like a heroin addict. Reading stories like yours gives me hope.

    Enjoy your new life bro and keep it up (no pun intended)
     
  4. irishrover

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    Awesome stuff man, you're an inspiration! Going through a tough patch myself :-(
     
  5. Bread1

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    Wow very well written i truly i appreciated that but to 90 days isnt a easy task but with your inspiration and counsel i think ill make it. :)
     
  6. Sammyforthewin

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    Nice bro! I just got one question: Am I gonna relapse after 90 days? Am I gonna think about porn again? If I want it so much, I could reach 90 days, but I think, I'll do PMO after it again...Or does the 90 days reset your mind? So I don't know if it's worth reaching 90 days...
     
  7. BobbyD

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    I wondered this myself as i haven't read much on it. After said 90days+ is porn ok in moderation or is it something that should be gone for good? I assume its like any addiction and should be left alone.
     
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  8. Bread1

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    Its like a person going to eat his own vomit
     
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  9. SirErnest

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    Muy bueno!
    Great post. Thanks.
     
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  10. ThisTime

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    Hey man,

    I'd like to qualify my answers by saying that I am not "cured" by any means. Further, recovering from porn addiction is a journey, and honestly, I don't think there is an end.

    "Am I gonna think about porn again?"

    For me, porn still pops into my head every day. The images in my brain aren't going to go away ever. And that sucks. However, I'm becoming disciplined in how to deal with them. I change my mindset and lose my desire to watch. Over time for me though, the images are fading slowly but surely.

    "If I want it so much, I could reach 90 days, but I think, I'll do PMO after it again...Or does the 90 days reset your mind?"

    For me, 90 days didn't "reset" my mind.

    I constantly wrestle with the fact that I'm never going to watch porn again in my life. I still don't fully accept it. So, I've found that I just need to take it ONE DAY AT A TIME. That's all I can handle.

    That being said, 90 days was a huge milestone for me and it's so sweet to look back on the progress I've made. It's truly awesome!




    You got this man. We all believe in you!
     
  11. ThisTime

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    Hi,

    To answer your question,

    "After said 90 days, is porn ok in moderation or is it something that should be gone for good?"

    I'm not sure! I've often thought about this and heard some solid responses. Here are my thoughts:

    Using the analogy, "Can a former alcoholic ever have a drink again?"

    It's definitely possible for former alcoholics to drink in moderation. But it further is possible that every former alcoholic is waiting for that first drink to hook them back to addiction. It's a slippery slope.

    For me, I'm sincerely afraid to take that first drink. I don't think I will anytime soon, but I can't predict what's going to happen in the future.



    Hope this helps!
    ThisTime
     
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  12. Sammyforthewin

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    Thank you for replying...Now I got some answers...But I'm gonna do this now! Strict mode is on!
     
  13. SirErnest

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    I think the images will decline in both frequency and power in time. Think back to stuff that used to trouble you but mean almost nothing now. Here's to the future!
     
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  14. MD97

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    You are an inspiration man congratulatio
     
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    Congratulations bro for this success and thank you for your inspiration to us
     
  16. History345

    History345 New Fapstronaut

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    Congrats bro... I'm new here and stories like yours make me believe I can do this
     
  17. Brother Eagle

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    awesome and inspiring, keep moving forward warrior :)
     
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  18. Klici

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    Great results!!! 10 days left to 1 yr
     
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