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I’m feeling ashamed about porn addiction

Northern Ireland's number one agony aunt Fiona Hurley answers your problems

Dear Fiona, I’m addicted to pornography. I hate myself for it but the honest truth is that I work long hours and feel awkward on the dating scene so porn makes my life easier.

How can I stop?

Pornography Addict

Dear Pornography Addict,

Pornography isn’t making your life easier! It’s causing distress, anxiety, internal conflict, and is preventing you from engaging in meaningful relationships.

It’s what’s known as an avoidance strategy because when you’re in front of your laptop, you’re not engaged in contact with real people but with the celluloid equivalent of sex dolls.

Addictions of any sort are the symptom of underlying anxiety but pornography makes things worse and widens the chasm between who you want to be and what you’ve become. You need to seek out a qualified addictions counsellor immediately.

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