Am I damaging or helping my recovery by having sex with my girlfriend? I am doing everything else I should: no porn, no masturbation, no caffeine, no sugar, going to the gym every day. Here's why I am confused. Some guys on here talk about breaking the neural connection between my body and porn and say that having real sex (without porn fantasy) is good. Others say that dopamine is the enemy. Is having sex enough of a dopamine surge to destroy recovery? It must be much less than porn - especially a three-hour porn session. But, how much less?