How do you know if you are an addict?

Discussion in 'Porn Addiction' started by zx125, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. zx125

    zx125 Fapstronaut

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    I m'd on a regular basis from the age of 12 or 13 until I was 37. I don't think it caused me any obvious problems. I mean there was secrecy and guilt but apart from that it was just something I would do without it causing me problems. Is it possible to M in moderation without becoming an addict?
     
  2. Sure you can M in moderation. As to being addicted:

    Have you tried to stop but are unable to?
     
  3. MarinoBigFan1984

    MarinoBigFan1984 Fapstronaut

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    You want to stop doing it and you can't stop.
     
  4. PastaTherapy

    PastaTherapy Fapstronaut

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    I don't think there's anything wrong necessarily with masturbation. It's normal. Sex is normal. Exploring your sexuality in private is normal. It's fine conceptually.

    The problem is when people can't stop, which is the case with the folks in NoFap. Try not looking at porn and/or masturbating for like a week and see what happens. If you cannot go a few days without PMO, you're an addict.
     
  5. noonoon

    noonoon Fapstronaut

    Test Yourself
    1. Have you ever thought you needed help for your sexual thinking or behavior?
    2. That you’d be better off if you didn’t keep “giving in”?
    3. That sex or stimuli are controlling you?
    4. Have you ever tried to stop or limit doing what you felt was wrong in your sexual behavior?
    5. Do you resort to sex to escape, relieve anxiety, or because you can’t cope?
    6. Do you feel guilt, remorse or depression afterward?
    7. Has your pursuit of sex become more compulsive?
    8. Does it interfere with relations with your spouse?
    9. Do you have to resort to images or memories during sex?
    10. Does an irresistible impulse arise when the other party makes the overtures or sex is offered?
    11. Do you keep going from one “relationship” or lover to another?
    12. Do you feel the “right relationship” would help you stop lusting, masturbating, or being so promiscuous?
    13. Do you have a destructive need—a desperate sexual or emotional need for someone?
    14. Does pursuit of sex make you careless for yourself or the welfare of your family or others?
    15. Has your effectiveness or concentration decreased as sex has become more compulsive?
    16. Do you lose time from work for it?
    17. Do you turn to a lower environment when pursuing sex?
    18. Do you want to get away from the sex partner as soon as possible after the act?
    19. Although your spouse is sexually compatible, do you still masturbate or have sex with others?
    20. Have you ever been arrested for a sex-related offense?

    Source: https://www.sa.org/test/
     
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  6. H.Johnson

    H.Johnson Fapstronaut

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    woah if those are the conditions for addiction I think i'll be fine in all honesty, this is great news to me! dude, thanks so much!
     
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