Here's hoping my heading didn't already scare off the vast majority of anyone who might have responded! I just thought I'd lead with that, since...well, that's a big part of my story. It doesn't have to be your story, by the way. However, if others are out there in the same boat, I thought it good to alert them to my presence, so they could either come running, or perhaps run the other way! Also, it might be cool to meet NoFap folks who live nearby. I'm in Baltimore/Catonsville. As I mentioned in my new-to-NoFap thread, I tried "handling" this thing for many years from with a faith-based approach. This is going back to before not masturbating was something taken very seriously outside church circles. What I found, though, was that the vast majority of people that I was in accountability circles with, really did not manage to make a lot of headway with breaking free from PMO. Kind of like the failure rate with diets, sadly. Eventually I gave up on even trying. This lightened the load in some ways, but porn was still there, and I still kept going to it. I don't even know how to describe how sick I am of the vicious cycle going around and around. From what I can tell, the new community arising around the NoFap concept seems to have figured some things out, gotten some momentum going, and helped out, perhaps a higher percentage of folks than what I have experienced in the past. And if that is true, then this is totally worth giving a whole-hearted effort to. I already know I can't do this on my own. That kind of seems like a no-brainer, since I would bet money that every single person here has tried MULTIPLE times to stop on their own. And that's why they showed up here. Anyway, if anything I said resonates with you and/or you are interested in talking further, hit me up. I don't know how this works. And, full disclosure, I haven't even had a chance to read anyone else's intros or AP requests yet, so please forgive that. I will get there. I am SO lame at keeping up with/engaging with social media and frankly, just opening up this forum and looking at all the various categories, threads/subthreads, communities and everything else makes me feel like I need to lie down and recover my strength. But anyway, here I am. Classic Introvert here, as you can probably tell with how damn much I write. I am looking forward to meeting some of you and talking further, and hopefully helping one another along the path to a better life---a life of liberty where we are able to be much more fully ourselves, and to see other human beings more fully for who they are as well. As Pope John Paul apparently said: "The trouble with pornography is not that it shows too much, but that it shows too little."