It's possible that software like K9 could be demolishing your goals to quit porn. Here's why: I am a U.S. Buddhist medical student who holds a degree in neurophysiology, including several years of research and publications on the matter. I am not the smartest person in the world. I have many flaws. I always have new things to learn about the brain, but I'd like to think I have a pretty solid understanding of how it works. I might have a recommendation that will change your viewpoint on addiction. In the last 18 days, I have experienced a significant change in the way I perceive both myself and the general (mis)understanding that our society holds on addiction and its efforts to fight addiction. You see, all of your thoughts are more or less habit. It's incredibly taxing on the brain to form new neuronal connections. In the simplest sense, your brain would choose the path of least resistance if it could. If you do something over and over (such as, watching porn and masturbating to it), chances are your brain has developed strong neuronal connections that elicit very predictable responses. Your brain is very familiar with how porn and acting out works. The neurons that execute this habit are massive and thriving, to say the least. To give you an analogy, the path in your brain that starts with the urge to masturbate up to the point of actually masturbating and completing the act is like the same path you take to work every day. You have driven this path for so long that you could almost close your eyes and your brain will take you there. You would be a bit more challenged - and annoyed - to find a new route. You're an intelligent person. You wouldn't be on this forum trying to change your life if you weren't. So you probably already knew the neuronal theory behind your addiction as well as its practical applications to your everyday life. You think that the only way to conquer this addiction, this massive habit, is to avoid it at all costs. You're mostly correct. But this is where, from both a Buddhist's perspective as well as a neurophysiologist's, that I offer different advice. You see, as I'm sure you've heard, the common thought it to avoid porn. The common thought is to look away from it when it's on television, to download and use K9 computer software that makes pornography inaccessible, and to avoid at all costs exposing yourself to the "triggers". But how many times have you been a week, or two weeks, free from porn, and then -boom- unexpectedly, a trigger strikes and you're back where you started? That's because the neuronal pathway in your brain is a highway. No - it's a superhighway. All it requires is for you to get on this superhighway, and, like an unstoppable force, it will take you through the completion of what you swore you never would do. This might go against everything you've believed, but: What you really need is practice. Try exposing yourself, starting with small doses, to graphic images. Willingly put yourself in an albeit minor struggle to say no to porn. Of course, take it step by step. But do give yourself the opportunity to be challenged. Too much too soon might be too much for you to say no to. So, again, start small. Observe how your body changes. Observe how your heart rate increases, how you start to seemingly have thoughts that you know aren't yours. Observe the habit. Recognize it for what it is: a habit. Take 20-100 breaths, observe your body's reaction, then calm it own. It's difficult, I know. I just completed my own practice before writing this. But by challenging yourself, starting with small doses, you start to separate that which is habit and that which is your own disposition. From a very scientific standpoint, this "struggle" is an opportunity for your brain to rewrite those neuronal connections. You start forming new connections. Practicing this every day, just like working out, flexes the muscle of your brain. It forms and strengthens new neuronal connections that begin to build different habits. Also, it's very meditative. You'll start to separate your own identify from the endless thoughts that plague your mind. You feel confident: as if you can literally look at porn with your very own eyes and say: fuck you, porn. Ain't happening. Again, there is a lot for me to learn, especially about myself. If I truly practiced what I preached, then I would be years free from porn. But addiction can be tough. However, I'm 18 days free from PMO, and I attribute much of this success to my new approach. I challenge, in small doses, the very neuronal pathways that riddle my own addicted brain. I choose to view images, once a day, that provoke those habits. It's difficult at first, but you get stronger. You override those thoughts that are not you, and take full responsibility over your own mind. One day, you'll get to the point where you could see a very graphic image, and instead of hiding from it, you'll acknowledge its presence and how completely unaffected you are by it. Above all, I hope all my brothers and sisters are keeping clean - by whatever means possible. What works for me might not be the solution for others. It's just a tip. Also, using an app on my iPhone that counts how many days I've been clean encourages me to keep the streak alive. It operates under the same cue-reward notion that underlies addiction. I'm rewarded by increasing my streak. Anyway, stay tough. Be a man, be a woman. Stay strong. From a motivated brother such as yourself. Good luck.