Is it possible to overcome Porn addiction anonymously?

Discussion in 'Rebooting - Porn Addiction Recovery' started by flabbergastedkoipond, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. flabbergastedkoipond

    flabbergastedkoipond Fapstronaut

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    Hi all,

    I was listening to this podcast called PornFreeRadio where the host talks about how being anonymous perpetuated feelings of loneliness and shame and made it way easier to relapse. I was wondering if there was any truth to that and if any of you guys had experience not being anonymous and how it has helped.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. It’s my opinion you eventually need face to face interactions with someone you can trust to listen and not condemn you. AND who can give you good advice and support to move away from porn and move towards something better. I tried for years doing it alone but failed. I tried with the help of men that were either struggling/failing themselves or very condemning and hurtful. No help.

    Finally I went to a professional counselor who listened to all my dirty secrets in an understanding manner and helped me immensely with small practical steps towards a better life. Now I’m going to Sex Addict Anonymous meetings regularly. We need help from others in this battle. And I think eventually that help is going to have to involve face to face interactions.

    Perhaps members here have other recommendations?
     
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  3. I agree. Others are crucial. After getting a tremendously strong insight about my addiction from my psychologist, I feel more in control about it than ever. I have a long way to go, but there is no way in hell I could have come this far by myself.
     
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  4. backtolife42

    backtolife42 Fapstronaut

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    I think it is good to talk to others. Just the experience, that you can talk to people about this addiction and they will still accept and value you as a person is incredible freeing.
     
  5. Jonny1992

    Jonny1992 Fapstronaut

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    When I lived with my parents, i talked with them about it. And without them i wouldn’t have reached 2 months. We got rid of the TV, Internet, made their smartphones safe with a passcode. Never I would came that far. So talking with someone who really cares can help!
     
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  6. Marcus Aurelius

    Marcus Aurelius Fapstronaut

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    I don't know whether it is possible to give up porn without revealing your addiction to anyone irl, but I do know that I found confiding in a counselor a powerful experience. I'm still here struggling with it, but I think that finally voicing what has laid inside me for so long was an important step on the journey for me.
     
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  7. Road to freedom

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    This online community is a tremendous help, but you need someone "in real life" to know about your problem, and be supportive, maybe also being an accountability partner. Be it a partner, a friend, a parent, a therapist or someone else.
    Remember, unhealthy secrets thrive in the dark, but perish in the light, like poisonous fungi.
     
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