Neurofeedback Therapy can help those who suffer from porn addiction.


Neurofeedback Therapy / Friday, April 13th, 2018

Pornography, which dates back thousands of years, has evolved as humans evolved. From explicit drawings in a cave to viewing porn on the Internet, porn has developed and intensified over the years thanks to advances in technology. This billion-dollar industry is readily available in many formats and mediums from magazines, books, rentals, cable and pay-per-views to the Internet and your mobile phone—a large amount can be found for free. While porn is also used as a method of treatment for couples that suffer from clinical sexual problems, by contrast, it can have a negative impact on society since it’s so readily available on countless platforms.

Several studies conducted have concluded that both adult men and women can develop a porn addiction, but young teens and young adults are also just as susceptible, negatively affecting their developmental growth. Several studies have shown that pornography has a great influence on our youth. In Barnas landmark study, The Porn Phenomenon, they found that young adults (18-24) use porn more, and are less likely to say that porn is bad for society. Young males aged between 16 and 20 told the University of East London they were “dependent on porn as a stimulant for real sex”. The University of East London conducted an online sexual imagery study and surveyed 177 students and found 97 percent of the boys had viewed porn. Out of those, 23 percent said they tried to stop viewing it, but could not, while 13 percent reported the content they viewed has “become more and more extreme”. Seven percent stated they wanted professional help since they felt their porn reliance was getting out of control. Numerous mentioned the loss of relationships and cutting down on their social activity/interaction with others because of their strong dependency. These findings are worrisome, especially for young boys whose brains are still developing and lack experience when it comes to intimacy and relationships. According to a study conducted by the NSPCC (commissioned by the Telegraph), young girls believe they have to look and perform like porn stars in order to be liked and valued by boys. Consequently, when young people view porn, it will affect their behavior in regards to future relationships, hindering intimacy. Love making with a partner you care for and love is very different from the sex we see in porn videos. It’s important that parents talk to their children about the negative side effects of watching porn and the difference between both.

A few months ago someone seeking help to overcome a porn addiction contacted me. This was a middle-aged man who became so dependent on porn he neglected his relationship with his wife, young children and his business—his life was on a downward spiral. Porn consumed him. This had a damaging effect on his family, being he was the sole provider. Not to mention the emotional strain it put upon his children, causing them to become depressed and acting out in school—the family was under enormous stress. With Neurofeedback therapy treatments I was able to help him take his life back. We addressed his addiction and focused on retraining the brain patterns that contributed to his need for porn. He was able to view his brain waves via an EEG monitor and learn how to alter his brain waves for a more pleasing frequency, allowing himself to adjust his state of mind at will. A few weeks into his treatment his wife came to one of his sessions and confirmed how well he’s been doing, and most importantly, how happy her children have been to have their father back, able to spend time with him again.

It’s important to understand that an addiction is psychological and extremely difficult to change without professional help. That being said, with neurofeedback therapy a person will be able to address their addiction and retrain their brain to be calm, focused and rational during stressful situations that would normally trigger a relapse. Those who suffer from an addiction have an imbalance in their brain. It’s imperative to make the brain whole again in order for the client to successfully overcome their addiction. Neurofeedback specialist has reported that more than 85% of their clients who’ve trained with neurofeedback have improved their ability to focus, regulate behavior and reduce impulsivity, having a much lower rate of relapsing as opposed to those who enter a 30-day program in a rehab center. It’s important to understand those rehabilitation facilities are only for 30 days. The reason why so many people relapse is that it takes more than 30 days to fully help a person learn how to overcome and manage their addiction. With the support of loved ones and neurofeedback therapy, a person suffering from addiction will gain the ability to thrive past the classic 30-day rehab cycle, no longer feeling the need to sustain their addiction.

The following are the many symptoms related to porn addiction. 1) Unable to stop using porn and engaging in behavior associated with porn. 2) Craving and getting the urge to view porn. 3) Keeping porn a secret from loved ones, become hostile and incredibly agitated when asked to stop viewing porn. 4) Feelings of guilt after viewing porn, but knowing you just can’t stop. 5) Spending great amounts of time viewing porn and making it a priority. 6) A strong desire to increase the amount of porn and intensity in order to have the same satisfaction/pleasure.

Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed of.  

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