You are not alone. Pornography addiction is an epidemic among all people. But it is also troubling among members of the clergy. Some estimates suggest that approximately 40% of pastors have viewed pornography in one form or another in the past month.
The problem with that statistic is that pastors are not inclined to report the full truth even on anonymous surveys. It wouldn’t surprise me to discover that among pastors, 50% or more view inappropriate material on at least a monthly basis.
You are definitely not alone.
An addiction of any type is something that actually changes the chemistry in the brain. When a person gets addicted, the brain responds by producing a type of euphoria when the act is performed.
Pornography addiction does the same thing. It makes a person feel better – at least for a while. You feel better because your brain is configured to release certain chemicals when you view pornography. It gives a sort of high – not unlike a drug addict or alcoholic.
A person is probably addicted to pornography if most of the following are true.
There is no easy way to overcome an addiction to pornography. I talked elsewhere about overcoming pornography. But I’d like to add a few thoughts here.
Success will not come easily. But you must do the hard work to overcome pornography addiction.