This week we have been discussing the stages of pornography addiction. If you haven't read the first 3 stages; Exposure, Addiction, and Escalation, please take the time to do so before moving forward. It's important to understand that porn addiction is a progression and doesn't happen overnight. Today we are going to discuss Desensitization.
Why is pornography so addictive? Well, there are many reasons for this. Today we are going to discuss how and why exposure to pornography can develop into an addiction.
Exposure to pornography surges the reward circuit or pleasure center in the brain, releasing large amounts of dopamine. Dopamine makes you feel good and the brain "remembers" how good it felt. This “good feeling” can provoke you to repeat the same behavior, despite negative consequences, to feel that pleasure again. So, you keep coming back for more and more. Often times, it results in not being able to stop, and you can get hooked on pornography.