The Research

If we are going to be able to fight this epidemic of porn and sex addiction that is over taking our world at a scorched earth pace, then we must be educated on the research behind the addiction.  Her are some places to get started:

Fight the New Drug Get peer reviewed research on how porn and sex addiction effect the brain, heart and world.

Brain Activity in Sex Addiction Mirrors That of Drug Addiction Full open access research for “Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviours” by Valerie Voon, Thomas B. Mole, Paula Banca, Laura Porter, Laurel Morris, Simon Mitchell, Tatyana R. Lapa, Judy Karr, Neil A. Harrison, Marc N. Potenza, and Michael Irvine in PLOS ONE. Published online July 11 2014 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102419

Pornography and the Brain: Public Health Considerations by the Family Research Council. Most people avoid using the word “addiction” in reference to uncontrolled impulses like hyper-sexuality, overeating, or gambling, but neuroscience has shown that pornography use creates a biological reaction in the brain not unlike what is found in drug addicts. Porn use has become a pervasive part of American life, but many give this particular addictive behavior a “protected status.” We know porn is damaging, but if we talk about it openly, we will either have to fight it or normalize it. Join us as Dr. Donald Hilton speaks about the neurological effects and societal consequences of rampant pornography use and addiction.

Brain and Addiction Donald L. Hilton Jr., MDDepartment of Neurosurgery, The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, USA. Addiction has been a divisive term when applied to various compulsive sexual behaviors (CSBs), including obsessive use of pornography. Despite a growing acceptance of the existence of natural or process addictions based on an increased understanding of the function of the mesolimbic dopaminergic reward systems, there has been a reticence to label CSBs as potentially addictive. While pathological gambling (PG) and obesity have received greater attention in functional and behavioral studies, evidence increasingly supports the description of CSBs as an addiction. This evidence is multifaceted and is based on an evolving understanding of the role of the neuronal receptor in addiction-related neuroplasticity, supported by the historical behavioral perspective. This addictive effect may be amplified by the accelerated novelty and the ‘supranormal stimulus’ (a phrase coined by Nikolaas Tinbergen) factor afforded by Internet pornography.

Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity Research – Bibliography. The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health has compiled a select bibliography of articles related to problematic sexual behaviors.  While this is not a comprehensive list of all literature published on the topic, it contains many of the key articles found in the field of problematic sexual behaviors. We intend to continue adding to this list. This bibliography will be a good starting point for individuals interested in the professional literature on this topic.

Impact of Pornography on Family and Marriage, by Dr. Jill Manning. This study reviewed the findings of empirical research that examined the impact of a family member’s consumption of Internet pornography on the consumer’s marital and family relationships.