According to sociologist Jill Manning, research indicates pornography consumption is associated with the following six trends, among others:
1. Increased marital distress and risk of separation and divorce
2. Decreased marital intimacy and sexual satisfaction
4. Increased appetite for more graphic types of pornography and sexual activity associated with abusive, illegal or unsafe practices
5. Devaluation of monogamy, marriage and child rearing
6. An increasing number of people struggling with compulsive and addictive sexual behavior
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (divorce lawyers) reports that the most salient factors present in divorce cases are as follows:
• 68% of divorces involve one party meeting a new lover over the Internet
• 56% involve one party having “an obsessive interest in pornographic websites”
• 47% involve spending excessive time on the computer
• 33% involve excessive time spent speaking in chat rooms
A recent article by Stanford Professor Dr. Philip G. Zimbardo highlighted current research which showed that video game and pornography addiction are inhibiting mens’ ability to have normal human relationships. This so called “arousal addiction” leads to continuous stimulation at the expense of other important parts of life. In extreme cases, even leading to death.
Current treatment at sex addiction rehab centers focuses on psychotherapy and group support. 12-step groups for pornography and sex addiction are becoming common.
Treatment success statistics are not readily available, but anecdotal evidence suggests such treatments have a very low success rate.
In the brain, quitting porn is chemically similar to quitting drugs.
Because pornography addiction is chemically so similar to heroin addiction, it follows that traditional treatment approaches likely have about the same success rate as they do for heroin addiction, which is typically less than 10% clean after one year.