Husband and father of two, new fapstronaut

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  1. PodcastEnthusiast

    PodcastEnthusiast Fapstronaut

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    Hi Fellow Fapstronauts,

    I’m 33 and have been married for nearly four years, in a relationship for five. I have two daughters.

    Last weekend at a friend’s wedding I got extremely drunk. I remember trying to have sex with my wife in our hotel room one minute, and the next thing I knew I was on the bed with my head in my hands, having just told her that I was a porn addict. I don’t know what prompted me to say this, but out it came. My wife has been distressed about our lack of intimacy for the entirety of our marriage. In the back of my mind I knew that it was because of my porn habit, but I think that I couldn’t even admit it to myself. I’d think, “sure I like to watch porn, but really the problem is that we argue too much and when that happens I lose interest sexually.” I must’ve at least realized the real problem subconsciously recently to have admitted this to her.

    I’ve watched porn in some fashion since I was probably 11 years old, starting with scrambled Spice channel and moving on to internet porn once that became prevalent and accessible. For as long as I can remember I’ve PMOed at least once per day, and this has persisted through two long term relationships and a few shorter term ones. At the beginning of each relationship I notice that I don’t need porn, and I think this relationship is different, but eventually the desire for something different always wins and I succumb to it, which has led to many sexless relationships and frustrated significant others.

    I hadn’t looked at porn for two days prior to that night (Saturday) and decided right then and there that it was time to stop. I restarted last night.

    I hadn’t had a conversation about all of this again with her until this morning so needless to say there was a lot of tension between us before then. Unfortunately, there still is a lot of tension, as my wife (rightfully) blames me for having stolen five years of sex from her. She says that if we didn’t have kids she would leave me on the spot, and she’s not sure if we’re going to make it through this. Throughout our relationship troubles she thought that at least I was a moral and good person, and now she has doubts about that. At least for now she’s lost the desire to be intimate with me. I’ve long had feelings of guilt and shame about my habit, but today cannot be matched in terms of the level of shame that I feel. I’m sure there are others who have been in very similar situations as this, and if you have any advice on how to move forward, I would really appreciate it.

    I’ve made an appointment with a sex therapist for Friday, and obviously have signed up for this site. I’ve been aware of nofap for quite some time, seeing as though I’m an avid redditor (my sn is different over there) and had huge misconceptions regarding the nature of the site. Thank you in advance for your help and support and I hope that I can also bring something positive to the community.

    Best,
    PodcastEnthusiast

    PS: That same night I decided to go for a dry month, so I’m on day four of sobriety from alcohol, as I drink every night and have been saying for at least a year that I needed to do so. I’m doing a sobriety double whammy and I can tell you that so far avoiding booze is much easier.
     
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  2. Welcome to the community and thank you for sharing your story.
     
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  3. vehemence

    vehemence Fapstronaut

    Very admirable and brave to come out about the addiction(s). You understand your situation so well already and have taken concrete action (e.g. sex therapy), so congratulations, you will feel better soon. All the best!
     
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  4. SirErnest

    SirErnest Fapstronaut
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    Hopefully she will appreciate what it took to confess eventually, especially if you put real effort into beating this.
    Take a look at the Success Stories forum and the one for people in a relationship -there are plenty of guys who have made the same step as you.
    You have made a start!
     
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  5. I hid my PMO from my wife for 15 years. Confessing it all to her was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But that's the only path back to real connection and intimacy. I am cheering you on! If I may ever be of service to you, please let me know.
     
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  6. PodcastEnthusiast

    PodcastEnthusiast Fapstronaut

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    Thank you all for your encouraging words.
     
  7. Tryingto

    Tryingto Fapstronaut

    Welcome, @PodcastEnthusiast.

    You are likely to find a great deal of support and encouragement here. Give yourself a little time to settle in and explore the numerous nooks and crannies of this site. Begin to develop a sense of what areas and resources resonate for you. And do consider starting your own journal / reboot log. Beyond this, I suggest coming back here on a daily basis. Even a quick peek - fifteen minutes of reading and / or writing - can have an enormous impact.

    All the best...
     

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