Posted by: Arden Compton | May 12, 2009

Porn addiction and extreme anxiety

One of the people I visited with today suffers from extreme anxiety.  Pornography is his way of escaping or medicating his anxiety.  When this is the case, the anxiety needs to be addressed before cravings to pornography can be addressed.  If a person feels the anxiety, and pornography has been the solution, trying to remove the solution before providing another solution can be very threatening.  So, I didn’t even attempt to coach him through the process for pornography cravings.  We focused on the anxiety problem, which for this person was not simple.  After a few visits on the anxiety he will most likely be in a good position to start working on the pornography cravings.  It is important that a good EFT coach or facilitator be able to use EFT to address the issue that porn is being used as an escape from… which could be just about anything!  That fact that EFT can be used for nearly any issue is another reason EFT is so effective at helping those who struggle with this problem.

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