Are you anti-pornography or are you one of the 38% of Americans who don't think pornography is a problem? Do you argue that pornography is part of our freedom of speech? I may not convince you to think otherwise, but at least read reason. Have you ever sat down with someone who is addicted to drugs and asked them what it is like to go through withdrawal symptoms? Or have you ever asked an alcoholic to describe the shakes they experience when trying to sober up? Porn addicts go through the same withdrawl symptoms when they separate themselves from the images that were giving them a hormonal high. Those who argue that pornography cannot be addictive because it is not a chemical substance are misinformed and woefully limited by their definitions.
Here's a few questions you may want to ask yourself if you think pornography is not addictive.
1. Is gambling addictive? Ask those who live in Vegas who are attending Gamblers Anonymous meetings. They will tell you about their addiction. But wait, gambling isn't a substance taken into the body. How could it be addictive?
2. Have you ever talked with someone who cannot stop viewing pornography? When grown men and women cry because the desire for pornography has taken control over their lives, it may mean that pornography has more to it than what meets the eye (pun intended).
3. Would you like your 12-year-old son viewing pornography? Pornography alters the minds of children. Not to mention the damage it does in skewing normal, healthy desires into deviant, difficult-to-fulfill appetites. I have 100s of clients who began viewing pornography between the ages of 12-14 and now cannot stop. Try telling these grown men that pornography is not addictive.
Dr.Kevin Skinner, http://www.treating-pornography-addiction.com