Pornography Addiction


Pornography addiction is described as a compulsive, repeated use of pornography that leads to negative consequences in one’s relationships and personal well-being.

Pornography Addiction in Women

In today’s world, a person can download all the pornography they want, in their own homes, for free, through the Internet. Pornography addiction does not always have obvious consequences. An addict can spend hours engaged in viewing various forms of pornography. Eventually, the time spent can start to take its toll.

  • Work does not get done
  • Family obligations are not met and excuses are made
  • Time watching pornography interferes with eating, sleeping, or working
  • Time slips away faster than intended until life has passed you by

Stages of Pornography Addiction

  • Early exposure – Women who started watching porn from a very young age are more likely to develop a dependence on it.
  • Addiction – Watching porn becomes a routine and it feels impossible to quit.
  • Escalation – The need for more and more graphic porn becomes an issue; porn that would have originally been disgusting becomes exciting.
  • Desensitization – Now, even the most graphic, degrading porn is no longer exciting. There is desperation to feel something, but the addict becomes numb.
  • Acting out sexually – Many women make the dangerous leap to acting out sexually. They move from viewing porn to acting out in the real world.

Pornography Addiction Help for Women

Addiction takes root when a curiosity about porn turns into a physical dependence on this type of sexual arousal. In pornography addiction, the “substance” being abused is explicit sexual material and to satisfy the addiction, the addict depends on pornographic outlets like the Internet and DVDs.

Addiction to drugs functions like being addicted to porn in the sense that there’s now a psychological craving for pornographic materials. If pornography has begun to negatively affect your relationships, your work, and your life, Willow House at The Meadows can help you overcome your addiction, and take steps toward experiencing healthier activities and relationships.

Stefanie Carnes, PhD, LMFT, CSAT

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Confidential Treatment for Porn Addiction

Overcoming pornography addiction can cause serious problems for an individual sexually and socially. Many female pornography addicts have found solace and healing through sharing stories with one another.

Willow House at The Meadows, located in Wickenburg, Arizona, provides an intensive, experiential-based 45-day treatment program for women with complex issues surrounding pornography and addicted to sex.

We are a Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility with 10 beds, providing the highest level of care dedicated exclusively to women suffering from intimacy and relationship issues like love addictions and sexual compulsivity. We are accredited by The Joint Commission which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safe, high-quality care, and treatment. Patients can be assured they will receive outstanding care at Willow House at The Meadows.

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