I wanted to raise another topic closely related to masturbation and porn addiction: Fleshlights. For those of you who don't know, these are special male sex toys/ masturbation sleeves with cases that are disguised to look like oversized Flashlights. The sleeves have different orifices (vagina, mouth or anus) with different textures designed for maximum stimulation and sensation. You can read more about it here:
I've had a few before but have always ended up throwing them out. I can testify that they take orgasms, stimulation and probably dopamine addiction to a new level. These produce mind blowing orgasms that are incredibly intense and like nothing that you can achieve just by your hand (or your hand and viewing porn) alone. They are meant to mimic the feeling of a woman's vagina (although they have different textures which aren't apparently anything like a woman) or the feeling of a blowjob or an anus. At the same time, they are meant to wean you off masturbating with your hand. I can say that having used these, it makes masturbating with your hand really quite boring and almost unstimulating. They're meant to help you retrain yourself to a looser grip than your hand (and often have a learning curve because at first you might suffer from what is often called "death grip syndrome" in which you can't feel the subtle sensations of the sleeve in comparison to your hand). In that sense, they have some beneficial effect.
However, the thing about Fleshlights are that they probably take addiction to new heights, because you'll soon become addicted to that incredible orgasm and the stimulating sensations. Combine that with porn, and you can set yourself up for even more compulsive behaviour and even greater withdrawal symptoms if you decide to quit.
I've stopped using a fleshlight for about 5 months now because I just felt pathetic having to resort to one of these. I don't know if they're really any different to the equivalent of female vibrators or dildos, but they probably carry some social stigma if people found out that you were using them whereas women don't seem to have that problem. However, that wasn't the only reason for quitting. I didn't want to be addicted, because it makes you want to masturbate all the time because the feeling is so intense. I have to say that I haven't really wanted to return to it on the whole, but recently I have been feeling a craving for the fleshlight sensation again.
I've belonged to a Fleshlight forum (which can't be a good thing when you want to quit) but have asked them to ban me so that I won't visit that place and fall into temptation again. I guess, like alcoholics, if you don't want to fall back into your old ways, you will want to avoid any temptation and not deliberately frequent places where you'll feel drawn back.
Anyway, I thought I would share this because I haven't seen a topic on this and didn't know whether people have considered this in relation to porn and masturbation addiction or have used them before.