How do I prevent porn relapse in the future?

As you go through your reboot you may encounter some stumbling blocks along the way. Withdrawal can be one of these, so ensure you have support in place as you start your journey into quitting porn. If you have a friend, partner or other person you trust to support you then reach out to them and let them know what you’re doing. Remember that learning to ask for help and support is a skill that everyone needs to develop in their lives. If you have access to a therapist and feel comfortable sharing that you are quitting porn this can also be a great option to get some extra support.

You can also join some supportive online communities – there is an excellent list of resources that you can access on the Your Brain On Porn website here – https://www.yourbrainonporn.com/discussion-board

Factors that might cause you to relapse can include:

It’s important that you try to avoid beating yourself up if you do relapse. Quitting porn is tough for many people and it can be a process that takes time. It’s normal to experience times when you feel cravings and you don’t find it easy to stop. Getting support in place and techniques & tools you can use like brainbuddy to keep motivation up. These all play a vital role in preventing relapse. One of the most powerful tools you can employ is mindfulness, which is an effective way to help you as you rewire your brain back to a healthy sexuality. More on mindfulness next.

Wilson, G. (2004). Your Brain on Porn. Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction. Commonwealth Publishing.