Hello people. I'm on my 10th day of hard mode nofap. It was a long time since I first heard about advantages of quitting the porn, but I only started trying a few months ago. Before, I was only able to abstain from porn for 5 days maximum and felt very frustrated about it. Recently, I realized that I only watch porn after fantasizing about something erotic, or watching erotic or semi-erotic content online. Thus, I tried to quit my erotic fantasies and watching erotic content on social media. (I didn't quit social media completely, just unsubscribed from users/groups/channels who post any triggering content.) It helped. 10 days is the longest period I abstained from porn and masturbation in past 7-8 years, maybe even more. Why do I want to quit porn? I first started watching erotic photos at a very young age, maybe at 8-10 yo, which over the years progressed into watching hardcore porn. I came to the point where "normal" porn no longer excites me, and I felt afraid of the idea that in the near future I'll only be able to get off by watching something stomach-turning or even illegal. During the past couple of months, I realized that porn not only harming my physical and psychological condition (I have a social anxiety and depression, now slowly recovering) but also completely replaced all kinds of romantic and sexual relationships. I haven't been on a date for years, and I'm still a virgin, soon coming into my 30s. My ultimate goal is not just to quit porn and erotic fantasies, but to replace them with normal romantic/sexual relationships. I'm not sure if rebooting will help me with my mental issues, but it never hurts to try. (I also do other stuff to deal with my mental problems.) What are my biggest challenges so far? I was surprised how avoiding sexual fantasies made so much difference. I often unintentionally and uncontrollably start thinking about sex and related things, but it's quite easy to stop it, so, during the day, I have no problems controlling myself. The nights are different. I used to practice so-called lucid dreaming, a set of techniques which help you realize you're dreaming while you're in a dream during your sleep. This gives you partial control over your actions in a dream and a very little control over contents of a dream itself. I will not go into details of why I quit this practice, but in short, I think it's dangerous for my mental health. Even tho I don't actively practice lucid dreaming for several years now, I still often dream lucidly, and often my dreams are sexual. As I've said, when I dream lucidly, I have a partial control over my actions. This leads to moral dilemmas when I experience erotic dreams. I believe that, since I have some control over my dream, having sex or masturbating inside of a dream is essentially the same as watching porn and/or fapping IRL. In fact, sexual experiences inside the dreams feel more realistic than any fantasies or porn. Thus, I would count voluntary sex or masturbation inside a dream a reset in my nofap practice. (Non-lucid dreams I don't count, of course, that would be too harsh.) I had some close calls during the recent nights. In tonight's dream, I was thinking about masturbating to whatever I saw in that dream but finally decided to wake up and wait for a real-world erection to go away. Mornings, in general, are the most dangerous time for me, because when I wake up, I'm much less self-aware and my mind is foggy. Thankfully, since I started my nofap challenge, I get out the bed quicker than usual. Not sure if it's caused by the nofap or simply comes from my awareness of the situation. Who supports me? It happens that I also do the 12-steps in one of the anonymous communities, and I have a huge support there. Members of my community have different opinions about porn, but when I spoke about it on a few recent meetings, I heard lots of similar experiences and words of encouragement. Unfortunately, I can't be open about this issue with my family due to the lack of trust. Why am I here? Having some additional support from like-minded fellows never hurts, but I also hope that my experience can help someone. I'm very glad to be here with you.