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Many people are not aware of the dangerous effects pornography can have on them and their relationships, and how dopamine fits in.

Key Points:

  • Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for our need to seek rewards.
  • Sexual stimulation is actually the most dopamine-stimulating activity we can naturally engage in.
  • Each time you watch porn you bombard your brain with dopamine. This can cause your body to use fewer dopamine receptors, which means you’ll need more porn to achieve the same effect.
  • When you take a look at the science behind pornography addiction you see how truly detrimental it can be to your life, your sexuality, and your relationship with your spouse.

Quote This:

Just as a heroin addict chases a substance-induced high, sex addicts are bingeing on chemicals — in this case, their own hormones. -Alexandra Katehakis

See Also: Addiction, Pornography

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you ever known someone who was addicted to something? How did they act when they didn’t have access to that thing?
  3. What are some ways to fight the temptation of an addiction?
  4. Have you ever heard someone justify the consumption of pornography? Describe the situation.
  5. What are some ways you can make people aware of the issues that come with a pornography addiction?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.