Practical Guidelines to overcome porn addiction

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Having examined some of the details about the danger of pornography let me suggest some of ways of overcoming porn addiction.

One of the first steps towards this is to consider the problem and to judge its gravity. If it has become an addiction, one needs to seek a professional help, considering the scourges that it can cause to the individual. However, today there is growing number of resources available for this process.

At a very personal level let me suggest two most effective methods, especially considering us as Christians. One of the first and most important task is to name the problem and face it. The more we deny it as a problem; it continues to remain as one.

Another most efficacious means for us Christians is to adhere to the sacrament of Reconciliation as often as possible. It is a sacrament which heals and strengthens one to grow in virtues.

Our analysis about the problem of pornography calls for an immediate response from us to overcome the prolific growth of this industry. Realization of human dignity as sons and daughters of God would be the first step in this regard. A deeper look into the reality reveals that it is not just the person who watches it who is affected; rather it’s a challenge to the social rhythm of human existence. The large hike in sexual violence and abuses have to be considered together with this phenomenon. The objectification of every other individual, an attitude of considering every other individual as a raw material to be used for my pleasure etc. are day to day manifestations of the effects of pornography. To paraphrase John Paul II, the problem with pornography is not that it reveals too much of the person, but that it reveals too little of the person. Pornographic images are designed to reveal nothing but the person’s sexual organs and sexual faculties; nowhere does the unique personality, the depth of the person appear. The pornographically exposed person is, quite literally, de-personalized: in becoming an ‘object’ for another’s use, he or she ceases to be seen for what he or she is: a subject who deserves love and respect.

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