How bad can withdrawals get?

Discussion in 'Porn Addiction' started by Namekian23, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. Namekian23

    Namekian23 Fapstronaut

    For me, the longest I've done without PMO is 39 days, which was pretty hard until I finally relapsed. Why is it so much easier for some to go weeks or months without PMO than others? Sometimes when I see people go 180 days, for example, without PMO, it seems kind of far-fetched. I don't believe it. I can barely survive 30 days which I've done 3 times. I just don't get it.

    One other thing I don't get is the withdrawals. The first time I did 30 days, I couldn't sleep on the 31st day. The urges were SO intense, that it was unlike anything I've ever experienced. Not only that, experts say that withdrawals can lead to panic attacks, insomnia, aggressiveness, and much more if we don't get the "drug" we need. Other than that, I have enough stress in my life, more than most people can bare. So it's no wonder I can't go past 30 days.

    Unless you're living with your parents doing nothing with no job or school, that would make quitting PMO easier I would assume. You have all the time in the world and you don't have a lot of stress. Stress is the biggest trigger to my PMO addiction by the way. But I still don't get why these people claim to go 180 days and beyond while experiencing the same things I've experienced. Either they have less stress in their lives or they're lying. That's just my opinion.
  2. Dr. J

    Dr. J Fapstronaut

    I'm not sure people were meant to ever go that long without M or O. P, yes, we can live without that forever. But how do young men, who are biologically wired to have an orgasm every so often, go without one for some extraordinary amount of time. Maybe the hard re-set is not for everybody . . . I'm married, it's not for me, I'm just here to try and quit porn.....but each person is on their own journey. I think sexual cravings are part of life and have to be dealt with - now at the beginning, I think you do without everything for a while, but porn is the problem, not normal masturbation.
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  3. Ikindaknew

    Ikindaknew Fapstronaut

    If you have a girlfriend or a wife and that you have decent to good real sex, its easier.
    If you are real busy with work load and a family to care for, it fills much more of your time.
    If you are married or in a steady relationship, you have your partner in bed to cuddle, easier to fall asleep. You can go to bed early and get some sex, or simply read a book together. You can even discuss your addiction with her.
    If you had erectile dysfunction caused by porn you get pretty pissed at that and you have a huge incentive to get better!
    If one had a little drink here and there (not saying its good) to relax, you release a little bit of pressure.
  4. Ikindaknew

    Ikindaknew Fapstronaut

    I wonder how many of these young men masturbate WITHOUT porn nowadays anyway. Back in the day, you had NO CHOICE. Your older brother's porn mag, your own thoughts, this is what you had to fantasize. Now that everybody has a phone, a tablet of a computer, there isn't much left to the imagination!

    i couldn't do hard reset. I would freak out.
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  5. Physicist

    Physicist Fapstronaut

    So far I have had a few urges but no withdrawals symptoms. I would have them before but for the first time where I have gone this long I don't feel much.

    I suspect its to do with the fact that I'm more proactive this time. More determined. I'm more active, more self-aware and notice a lot more when I'm feeling the need to seek arousal so that could be a factor.

    The only thing I have had is a little bit irritated, and some headaches. My zombie state has cleared up a lot. I feel better about myself nowdays a lot more.
  6. Polecat89

    Polecat89 Fapstronaut

    I think sometimes when people are SO FOCUSED on their streaks of being free of PMO the temptations begin to surface. It's some kind of reverse psychology so something. It's happened to me. I'll realize that I haven't PMO'ed in 10-15 days, and then 2-3 days later the pressure of keeping up a streak causes sexual thoughts to flood my mind (and then I falter).

    The worst withdrawals I get is when I wake up at 3 in the morning with sexual thoughts flooding my mind and not being able to go back to bed.
  7. DBug

    DBug Fapstronaut

    I too get headaches after about 2 weeks.
    As for the cravings that get you after a 30 days: It's the nervecells in your addiction pathway in your reward center that grow many new connections after about a month of abstinence and cause the strong cravings. It's kind of its last resort cause after that the pathway will continue to get weaker and weaker (as long as you don't relapse). I personally never got that far so I really don't know how hard that is but you need to get through it!
    Stay strong!
  8. Buzz Lightyear

    Buzz Lightyear Fapstronaut

    I've done two decent streaks, and now on the third. What I've noticed is not so much the withdrawals, but the lapses. The discomfort of the withdrawal gets weaker, but when you succumb it is worse. It's like snakes and ladders. For you go from a higher level of clarity all the way back down one of those long snakes to the dreaded basement level of brain fog. The relative difference between the states is greater, so the misery experienced is worse. Perhaps this is the last piece of the motivational puzzle required to get one to the finish line.:rolleyes:
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  9. kk76

    kk76 Fapstronaut

    I've less withdrawal this time but I am working on the symptoms and what's going on beneath the surface more. The desire to watch P is slowly going but there is a lot of unresolved stuff underneath that I'm tackling with therapy, CODA and a new sponsor
  10. Bakerz

    Bakerz New Fapstronaut

    Me 181 Days clean and going strong.
    You are ABSOLUTELY right that we use PMO to escape our stressful lives. I had to quit my pathetic job and take financial help from my parents BEFORE I could embark on the nofap journey. It really helps to remove unnecessary stress from our lives so you could focus on yourself.

    Check out the website
    It will really help you understand why you relapse and help you prevent it (it’s all a brain game and evolutionary traits).

    Be Strong. Stay Strong. And Keep Going.
    Nobody in the world cares about you but you yourself. Other than this community you are alone in this fight. And fight you must cuz this is the fight for your life.


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