Here at Lifeworks Recovery, as porn addiction experts, we often hear — Am I A Porn Addict? The porn addict test we use, the internet sex screening test, is the first test a person should take if they think they have a problem. Porn addiction is a problem affecting many people today,some as young as 11 years old. With the advent of the internet, and porns availability, anonymity and cost (most is free) it is one of the fastest growing problems of the 21st century. No longer is pornography thought of as harmless, and in fact, pornography causes brain damage and the brains of porn addicts are very similar to the brains of addicts addicted to substances (See yourbrainonporn.com)
Pornography Addiction Treatment
Porn addiction treatment starts with an initial assessment and asking for help from a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). While porn addiction remains controversial to those who don’t work with it everyday, those of us in the trenches with this highly addictive disease have little doubt about porns ability to damage not only the brains of those whi use it, but their families, children, bank accounts, and careers. There have been significant advances in understanding sex addiction, and porn addiction in the last few years. The neuroscince of porn addiction is becoming increasingly clear, please see the Neuroscience of Internet Pornography Addiction: A Review and Update.
To understand sex addiction as a disease, see Sex Addiction as a Disease: Evidence forAssessment, Diagnosis, and Response to Critics.
The number one question we get as sex addiction experts is sex addiction a disease? See Should compulsive sexual behavior be considered an addiction? (2016) To find out if you are a sex addict take the Am I A Sex Addict test.
Counseling for Porn Addiction
Counseling for porn addiction begins with hiring a competent and well-trained CSAT, and begins with a thorough in-person assessment and diagnosis. The beginning step is to take the Internet Sex Screening Test (ISST). This inventory asks questions about online and offline sexual behavior. Please respond “Yes” to the items which apply to your behavior and “No” to the items which do not apply.
If you answered Yes to 0-3 Q’s – you’re probably not sexually addicted
If you answered Yes to 4-6 Q’s – you may have a problem
If you answered Yes to 7 or more questions, we suggest you seek help for cybersex addiction, internet sex addiction or pornographic addiction.
Internet Sex Screening Test used with permission from:
David L. Delmonico, Ph.D., NCC
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(c) 2000 David L. Delmonico
(412) 396-1340 (fax)
Elizabeth Griffin, MA, LMFT
5115 Excelsior Blvd. #450
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Disclaimer: This assessment is for informational purposes only and cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a clinical professional; the assessment should only be used as a guide to understanding your sexual behavior and the potential consequences associated with that behavior. If you are concerned about your Internet sexual behavior, please seek professional help.