Triggers for Pornography and Sex Addiction

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Triggers for Pornography and Sex Addiction

What triggers your addiction to sex or pornography? Or, more appropriately, what triggers you to begin thinking about the behaviors you’ve acted out hundreds of time and that lead you to guilt or shame?

Your addiction to pornography or sex may be triggered by “typical” things or events: seeing an attractive woman, seeing your laptop or computer (and thinking about going online to your favorite pornography sites), or maybe it’s something else like checking up on a former sex partner on Facebook.

Often the triggers that spur an addict’s addictive behaviors are not directly related. When you understand your triggers, you increase your awareness and begin to fight back the addict within and take back your life.

To identify the triggers, start with the acronym, HALT. Hurt, Angry, Lonely, Tired. The situations that you enter into in life that create these feelings are quite possibly keeping your sex or pornography addiction alive.

In subsequent posts we’ll look at each of these and discuss what clients have shared with me about each of these. Hopefully you can learn to manage your sex or pornography addiction by recognizing these situations, being aware of them as they occur and taking steps to do something different.

About the Author:

Dan Gabbert holds a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City, MO. Dan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (CSAT), a rigorous certification issued by The International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).