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Free Recovery Tools for Sex and Porn Addiction - Audio Module now available - The Dopamine Effect.

Module 3 of my Vicious To Virtuous Free Recovery Tools for sex and porn addiction is now available in audio format. Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/WI7LE3qui54

Thsi is a short extract from the text version on this site - link available below;

Dopamine-led cycle of addiction

Persistent repetition of sexual and porn behaviours constantly fires up so-called neural pathways to the point where the behaviours become learned and automatic.  These pathways become charged up so much that they transform into a sort of high-velocity travellator racing straight to your brain’s reward and pleasure centres.  Once on this there is only one place to go and no getting off! Dopamine, one of the ‘happy’ chemicals in the brain, is mostly responsible for this ‘learning’.  Unfortunately, dopamine has a built-in quality that makes it progressively more and more addictive.  This devious quality is part of our primitive genetic encoding.   As hunter-gatherers, dopamine served us as a primal motivator to make us seek out things we needed for survival such as food, warmth and opportunities for procreation. 

Addiction as a Learned Behaviour

Being enticed constantly by the need for a dopamine high is a form of unintentional rote learning. Eventually this repetition installs ‘second nature’.  It takes us many lessons and rote practice of multiplication tables or driving manoeuvres to get to the point of automation.  Learned behaviours driven by a dopamine ‘dependency’ are like driving or working out 7 x 5 - they  need little or no cognitive effort.  This is the scary part of sex and porn addiction.  After persistent repetition acting out behaviours are actually on auto-pilot, travelling at break-neck speeds.  The addicted brain’s rational cognitive pathways are by-passed and thoughts about the negative consequences barely glimmer.

https://esteemtherapyyorks.co.uk/counselling/free-resources-for-sex-and-porn-addiction---module-3

Module 3 part 2 to follow contains 5 tools you can adopt easily to begin switching off the dopamine spiral.

 

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