It is not usual for me to sound this harsh but the reality is that one of the above has to happen for someone reading this post. I accept it is a contentious topic but I feel obliged to write about it for these reasons;
- I believe God wants me to share these thoughts with people.
- Unfortunately, the Internet / Mobile phones have made pornography very cheap and easy to reach, which makes this imperative.
- Finally, I believe that history will judge me if I do nothing and act like nothing is wrong.
I have shared so much about how the Internet is indeed a blessing to humanity whether on Tech Trends, ICT Clinic, Techwithcfa.com and on this blog you would find loads of steps and strategies that can help someone go from nobody to somebody, like I have done iin the last couple of years. Its been an amazing experience for me and to cap it all, I recently got a page on Wikipedia which is by no means a mean feat depending on how you look at though 🙂
Despite all the positives that I can reel out about the Internet, I must say that it has loads of dark sides, one of which is Pornography. I received the leading to write this post a few months ago after I discovered during a routine web strategy research that porn sites are among the top 100 sites being visited by Nigerians the most. It was indeed a shocking discovery to me for a number of reasons, that was when it dawned on me that I should at least write and get people informed so that he who has ears, can choose to hear and seek help while he still can.
Furthermore, I recently watched on Faith channel, the clips of a young guy that was delivered by God from addiction to porn which gave me the courage that my rantings might help save one or two people.
Reasons why you should deal with Porn Addiction Now
I’d have gone on to write about the reasons you should avoid being addicted to porn by all means but instead of that I’d rather refer you to a Punch Newspaper report titled “Beware! Pornography dulls the brain, kills libido” which has a lot to share about this subject, make sure you read the full report.
Here are some excerpts from that report:
According to the study, published on medicaldaily, having sex and watching pornography cause dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for learning, reward, emotions and pleasure, to be released in the brain.
The researchers noted that the more porn a person watches, the more the dopamine that is released, which makes the brain to be desensitised to its effects, which could reduce their decision-making capabilities. Young people who watch porn frequently were also found to have reduced likelihood or tendencies to venture into risk-taking ventures.
The leader of the researchers, Simone Kühn, noted that men who view too much porn may become lazier than others and that their research provided strong evidence that pornography might harm the brain in some ways and change its size.
A physiologist, Gary Wilson, said the addiction from pornography creates a constant need to feel that strong stimulation to watch it some more, thereby needing more dopamine, which could wear out the brain. He added, “Sometimes, the brain gets worn out and halts the production of dopamine, which leaves the viewer in quest for more satisfaction with the inability to reach it. This can provoke the viewer to seek out more intense porn to get high. As a result, it can give a person a reason to watch more porn, which is why addictions are difficult to break.”
I need not say more other than re-echo the words of Paul the Apostle in the book of Corinthians:
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV)
4 Steps to Deal with Porn Addiction
I believe the below steps will help anyone that needs to be helped:
1. Ask God for Help
Too many people including yours truly have not really mastered asking God for help. Sometimes we feel God understands and other times we believe we can deal with it on our own. Yes, you have the will power to deal a number of issues yourself but for stuff like addiction God’s grace is required.
Don’t just ask God for help to overcome addiction to pornography, trust his to see you through.
2. Keep your Mind Busy
An ideal mind is the devil’s working
This adage was music to my ears while growing up. I heard it from my parents, teachers, Sunday school tutors etc. Long and short is that you have to learn to keep your mind busy all the time. Chaz B of blessed memory used to constantly start his show with “Guard your heart diligently for………”