There Is An Online Movement Helping Men Addicted To Adult Films

Porn Free is the place to heal...

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Pornography addiction is a serious issue, one affecting a large proportion of men, to address this problem, there is now an online community of lads who have actively erased all traces of porn from their daily lives.

Called Porn Free, the forum is a Reddit thread for men suffering from porn addictions and the like. Started by Reddit user foobarbazblarg in January of this year, it has so far amassed 29,000 subscribers.

While they support each other consistently, much like a legit rehabilitation program, there are also strict rules, and foobarbazblarg routinely lets go of those who have fallen off the wagon.

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Foobarbazblarg said, “If you relapse, please post a comment to that effect here, and I will remove your name from the list. We will not judge you or shame you; we have all been there.”

Group members are meant to check in once a month and share thoughts, take part in monthly challenges and post literature relating to their struggle. Overall, this ‘Porn Free’ movement addresses a larger topic, which is the epidemic of pornography.

This form of addiction is identical to a reliance on drugs or alcohol, in fact watching porn to an extreme extent can activate a rush of dopamine, the chemical that is also released during sexual excitement and drug use. It is highly addictive. 

Add in the additional amount produced from an orgasm; the dopamine cup runneth over especially when a person views porn. For those with inherent addictive personalities, this is a recipe for disaster and can lead to a detachment from reality.

Usually, men who are addicted to porn experience erectile dysfunction and a disinterest in their partners. They often jeopardise work and other responsibilities for a bit of blue movie fun. Finding a release from this powerful physical and mental hold is nearly impossible.

Users regularly share their experiences with staying clean and credit the forum with their successes while others aren’t afraid, to be honest about their failures.

“After being in a flatline since the start of this streak urges hit me hard, but I have not relapsed. It’s the same as always, with curiosities urging me to look for this thing or that thing because I’ve seen it only a few times before. The part that is the most abnormal about this isn’t the urge, but the fact that real attractive girls that I know personally, suddenly become uninteresting, almost non-existent to me compared to the porn flashbacks my mind keeps tempting me with,” writes user non_newtonian_jelly.

His story is similar to so many others, and the fight continues, shockingly many of the members have been viewing porn since an early age, as young as 11 years old.

The fight is worth it, and the recovery stories are filled with messages of improved lives and health.

One member of the community called George, told The Independent this, “By allowing yourself to embrace some pain of quitting porn, you will be more willing to embrace other pains like being assertive to people, doing hard work, working out and other things you usually don’t want to do.”

Stay clean chaps.

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.