Porn addiction and hypnosis

Submitted by BrittleB on
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Hi friends,

Haven't posted in a while, but I've been lurking. I had some success last year rebooting and overcoming ED while in a relationship but, after we broke up, I found myself back battling the addiction. Back to PMO, rebooting, relapsing, and picking myself up for another try. Relapses are thankfully getting more infrequent.

Anyway, I just wanted to ask if anyone else has used or considered hypnosis to overcome the addiction, and if so, what their thoughts were? Did it help you at all? Did you go in for a professional session or use the self-hypnosis stuff off the Internet?

I've been using a self-hypnosis .mp3 that I found online for the last few weeks, and I think it has been a big help battling the urges. People talk a lot about meditation having a positive effect, and I think some of the hypnosis is just relaxing and clearing your mind. The file I have starts by putting the listener into a relaxed state, and then goes through a series of association exercises. The user tries to imagine themselves about to use porn, and then quickly tries to immerses oneself in the terrible feeling post-binge. There is another section that gets the user to imagine all of the people in their life that they care about seeing the damage you do to yourself, and their feelings of disappointment. There also positive association exercises with imagining you did not PMO. I think the idea is to associate these bad feelings with PMO and good feelings with choosing not to PMO.

I have to admit, I have always been very skeptical of using hypnosis, but I was coming off a binge when I downloaded it and was desperate to try anything. I think it has helped big time though because now when I get the urge and go to my computer, I just get this really uncomfortable feeling. I don't even feel as though I want to anymore, the urge quickly fades, and I get those terrible post-binge feelings before I even get started. Then when I walk away, I feel really good about my decision just like I knew I would.

I was skeptical at first, but it's been a big help to me. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with it?

All progress through struggle...

-BrittleB

I think I have the same recording...

And I do think it was working, I had a 2 week streak. But I had a falling out with a girl that I really liked and it threw me through a loop. But under normal circumstances, without a big trigger, such as in my case, I think it's a useful tool. If nothing else, it teaches something similar to relaxation meditation, which is good for clearing the mind and helping stay clear of any urges that come up.

It works!

I just wanted to say that I have used this recording and I can confirm that it works. It has given me a power to resist the urge to watch porn in a way that nothing else has. I followed the instructions and I have never reached a deeper level of relaxation before in my life. I was just calm and carefree for the rest of the day. I was a week into my reboot when I tried this, and I noticed a sudden stop to all urges to watch porn. There was even a time when I was at my computer, and I was about to watch porn and relapse. But out of nowhere, I had a force inside of me which said "reject!" (which is what the recording teaches you to say when you're tempted). I have never experienced such a powerful defense mechanism operate so strongly before.

I just want to comment on this so that this topic will be brought back to the top of the forum. I really want to encourage others who are struggling to try the hypnosis and see how it can take hold. Trust me folks, this works.

interesting!

interesting!

If I get an urge, I tend to use self talk a lot as well "I'm more commited to continuing this reboot and healing my brain, then these 10 minutes of pleasure. I've already noticed so many benefits that will only get stronger if I keep going and stay commited to this".

If you repeat this everytime you get an urge, it will become automatic. Like autosuggestion. Hypnosis is basically the same.

I will try out hypnosis in combination with meditation.

i went to a hypnotherapist

when I had ED issues a long time ago. They were caused by porn but I didn't know that. The hypnotherapy was moderately helpful. I wouldn't say it was ultra helpful. I think in retrospect it was because I continued PMO and didn't recognize that as the problem. Without that, though, I would have gotten better without the hypnotherapy. But it was moderately helpful and certainly worth trying but I'd say not without stopping PMO, which is far more important.