To the uninitiated it seems unlikely that such a mundane feeling as boredom could lead to a life changing problem as an addiction. However, feelings and emotions are often at the root of an addiction. Ignoring feelings can inhibit a person from overcome their addiction. Read: Clint Eastwood Versus Richard Simmons. Let’s discuss an emotion that does not get the attention it deserves, let’s talk about “boredom.”
Boredom is the “B” in TROUBLED (Learn about the TROUBLED acronym). Boredom is one of the leading indicators in predicting if a teen will abuse substances. From the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University a survey found that:
“Often bored” teenagers were 50% more likely to get drunk, drink, smoke and use illegal drugs than “not often bored” teenagers. http://www.casacolumbia.org/newsroom/press-releases/2003-teen-survey
With most addictions forming in the teenage years it stands to suspect that similar results would be the case for abusing internet pornography.
In the RAMP Solution to Porn addiction you will learn the acronym RAMP. RAMP stands for Reconize, Action, Modify and Praise. The “M” in RAMP is designed specifically to allow one to find solutions to boredom by finding Modifying behaviors. Modifying behaviors which are in essences hobbies and activities.
Finding Modifying behaviors is not only important in quitting porn addiction but it is also important in preventing a relapse. Jane St. Clair of the CRC Health Group writes:
What these studies tell us is that it is not enough for substance abusers just to go through chemical withdrawal from drugs or alcohol and then go back to their lives as usual. Substance abusers need to develop a set of new leisure pursuits while they are in rehabilitation or else they will relapse when they leave their substance abuse treatment centers and return to their old environments. The most effective treatment programs help clients find new interests, hobbies and new career paths. Stress-reducing activities, such as sports and yoga, are also helpful. Some studies show that the more a treatment program is individualized to a client’s interests and personality, the more likely he is to remain abstinent on a permanent basis. Taking classes in yoga, scuba diving and art therapy may seem impractical to outsiders or to clients in a hurry to return to work, but they can be vital components of comprehensive treatment. http://www.crchealth.com/addiction/drug-addiction-rehab/drug-addiction-rehab-2/home-2/drug_addiction/boredom-substance-abuse-a-dangerous-combination/
If you are having problems with abusing internet porn; try the RAMP Solution to porn addiction.
Here is an interesting video on boredom: