Will I experience withdrawal symptoms from quitting porn?

Because all addiction creates changes in your brain, you may experience withdrawal symptoms that can be similar to substance addiction withdrawals. This is because all addictions, regardless of the source, share some fundamental physical characteristics.

This includes an overload of your reward system so that your brain begins to crave the source of the hyperstimulation. Or, you may experience desensitization that makes you feel as though activities away from your addiction are boring, and feel numb to normal experiences.  

Withdrawal symptoms can include:


Going through withdrawal symptoms might sound daunting, but many people report significant improvements in their symptoms as they reboot. The important thing is to arm yourself with knowledge and be prepared. There are many ways you can support yourself to quit porn, including using the Brainbuddy app to keep you on track and motivate you to continue choosing this new, healthier lifestyle.

To get you started, in the next section let’s talk about some of the positive effects of quitting porn, before exploring different ways that can help you to quit.

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