Similarities Between Porn And Addictive Drugs

A recent Cambridge study found similarities in brain activity between pornography addicts and drug abusers. There are many reasons which make porn even more addictive than drugs. Some of them are:

  • Porn gets stored in our brain which can be recalled anytime.
  • No Physical Limitations.
  • Lots of novelty is available in porn that allows users to escalate.
  • A teen’s brain is at its peak of dopamine production and neuroplasticity which makes the teen highly vulnerable to addiction and sexual conditioning.

Brain Mechanisms

One recent study took place in which cocaine addicts and healthy people were shown films of:

1)Individuals who smoked cocaine, 2) nature scenes, and 3) porn. The results were shocking. Cocaine addicts had nearly the same brain activation patterns when viewing porn and viewing videos related to their addiction.

Sexual Arousal and drugs activate the exact same reward circuit nerve cells that make the sexual simulation as addictive as meth, cocaine or any other drugs.

Unlike other non-drug rewards (yummy food or sugar), but similar to drugs of abuse, sexual experience leads to long-lasting changes in the numbers and types of reward centre glutamate receptors which are excitatory transmitters that are released by nerve cells.

Brain Changes

The brain changes occurring during sexual conditioning and addiction are the same. The brain change is called ‘sensitization’ which occurs when the brain wires together the sights, sounds, smells, sensations, emotions, and memories associated which gives pleasure, such as masturbating to porn.

Conclusion

Drug use and Porn consumption follow a very predictable pattern. Like a junkie eventually requires more and more of a drug to feel normal, regular porn consumers end up turning to porn more often or seeking out more extreme versions. And once the porn habit is established, quitting can even lead to withdrawal symptoms which are very similar to drugs. Block porn or install an anti-porn app, you have many options to quit porn and give your life a new start.

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