- First, quitting cold turkey assumes you can just quit without addressing any of the root causes of the addiction. This might work at first and it might work for a while. But when your trigger occurs, hint the causes, will you be able to fight the urge to look at porn? Will you even know what your triggers are? Or what causes facilitated your addiction to porn and how to address those causes? Quitting cold turkey addresses none of these questions, all of which are key to your success.
- Second, it doesn't protect you from a relapse. When you quit cold turkey most likely a relapse will happen. And when it does, then what? Most people will assume they failed. You’ll think, gee, I just didn't try hard enough. Then you get up and you try again. This time you try harder. The problem is though, each time you fail it does psychological damage. You beat yourself up for the failure and this weakens you against future relapses. The damage to your self esteem is completely counter productive you successfully ending your addiction. By the way, addictions also weaken your self esteem.
- Third, it’s insane. If you try a technique and it keeps failing and you just keep trying it does that make you persistent or a fool? Let’s be honest, it’s INSANE. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If quitting cold turkey isn't working the solution is not to try harder. The solution is to try a different method. A different technique. Don’t keep trying the same flawed technique as this will only hurt you more and could even be dangerous. Try a technique that actually works.
- Fourth, quitting cold turkey relies on your willpower. Let’s take a moment to soak that in. Quitting cold turkey relies entirely on your willpower to end an addiction. And porn addiction is a very powerful addiction at that. The problem is that addictions actually erode your willpower. That’s right, willpower exists in your brain and addictions weaken it. A German study found that increased porn use correlated with weakened connections to the front cortex where our willpower lies. So basically, you’re going to rely on something that’s pretty much a weakness for you at the moment, to beat one of the toughest addictions out there. Sounds smart right? I thought so too.
If quitting cold turkey isn't the right technique for ending porn addiction, then what is? For information on what techniques actually work to beat porn addiction check out my other blog posts. They’re full of techniques, experience, tips, and excellent resources available to you. The best part? It’s all free. So please read away and I hope you find the information helpful.
Until next time, hang in there! And if you've got some advice of your own or a story to share, please leave a comment.