Porn Addiction: New Research Shows It Might Be As Potent As Narcotics

shutterstock_102766751-630x471We’ve all heard the phrase “porn addiction”.  But there’s no reason to take it literally, is there?

Actually, there might be.

An article by Morgan Bennett presents exactly that case, drawing from various research.  [h/t Desiring God]

“Neurological research has revealed that the effect of internet pornography on the human brain is just as potent — if not more so — than addictive chemical substances such as cocaine or heroin.”

Here’s why.  Where cocaine and heroine produce their “high” through different physiological effects, (dopamine vs. opiates), the user of porn triggers both responses.  Arousal and release “is a type of polydrug that triggers both types of addictive brain chemicals in one punch, enhancing its addictive propensity.”

And, while that might be bad enough on its own, it gets worse.

“But,” Bennett says, “internet pornography does more than just spike the level of dopamine in the brain for a pleasure sensation. It literally changes the physical matter within the brain so that new neurological pathways require pornographic material in order to trigger the desired reward sensation.”  Also, the difference of hormonal release without a real-life partner serves to reinforce the urge to seek out more “novel” content, including various taboos.
Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2013/10/porn-narcotic/#EITIYWXT5I65UjUe.99

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