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December 15, 2011 2:33 PM Subscribe
Techniques to break porn and masturbation addiction?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I need to stop looking at porn and masturbating. The reason is that it makes me impotent when I try to have real sex. It also makes me much less attracted to real people than I would be otherwise. I have already well established this cause and effect and have already made the decision to change my ways, so I'm not looking for advice on that part.
What I'd like are suggestions and strategies to overcome this addiction.
I have found that being with a woman and deciding for her sake to change my ways is the most effective motivator. My problem is that I have a girlfriend that I don't see for weeks at a time, so it's most often me alone in my apartment with a waiting computer.
I think that I could get better if I just masturbated and didn't look at porn, but it would take longer, so I'd rather cut out both.
Blocking internet or sites at home probably won't work. I might end up doing something really stupid like watching porn at school. This has happened before.
One effective strategy I've found is to stay really, really busy. In other words, from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep, I'm working on stuff. I try to never putz around in my room or just hang out by myself. Being around other people as much as possible really does the trick. The problem is that this will inevitably break down -- I will inevitably find a time when I am alone with nothing to do but putz around.
I'm also a buddhist. This definitely falls under the category of those compulsions that take us off the eightfold path. Just writing this is making me realize that I need to put more effort into meditations on this compulsion.
Any suggestions are much appreciated.