Porn Is NOT Your Problem: Brain Chemicals Are

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

Sun Tzu

You need to know who the real enemy is to your porn addiction. Shockingly as it may be, porn is not your enemy. The enemy is that certain part of the brain that releases chemicals when you view porn. The enemy is your overactive Limbic System of the brain.

You need to know your enemy. Also know that the enemy will soon become an ally.

Human face with Biohazard signThe Limbic System is responsible for the reward centers of the brain. The viewing of porn allows these reward centers to become overactive. Interestingly, these reward centers of the brain become overactive with chemical addictions as well. By learning how to heal the brain, we will learn how to calm the Limbic System and curve the cravings for porn.

To truly overcome the addiction one must work with the brain. That is the cause of the addiction. Once the brain has rewired itself to its original non-addicted state, the cravings for porn will be manageable and controllable. You will be able to choose not to watch porn. With an addiction that ability to choose is often not possible for very lengthy periods of time. Maybe a week or two is the max of what an addicted person is capable of doing. And those two weeks are not happy go lucky weeks. That is heavy will power and effort being forced onto the mind. And eventually the addicted mind wins.

The goal is not to fight the mind but to heal it. You cannot win the war until the Limbic System becomes your ally. As long as the Limbic System is overactive, you will not be at peace. This can be a significant paradigm shift in your thinking. Instead of telling yourself not to look at porn, you need to start thinking “how can I calm the Limbic System?” That is really the answer you seek. Forget about the porn and start focusing on healing your mind.

Get a program that will help you work with your brain to overcome porn addiction. May I suggest StopPornToday.com and the RAMP solution to porn addiction.

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