This past Monday, we released a podcast about Women Fighting Porn Addiction featuring an interview with a woman who has been locked in that addiction and found freedom in recovery. She also answered several of your questions about the subject.
If you haven't heard it yet, you can listen to it right here:
Now, we're creating a full list of additional tools and resources to help women who are struggling!
Celebrate Recovery Group Locator
If you listened to the podcast, you'll know that this was the greatest tool in the arsenal because it attacks the addiction on multiple fronts. You find positive friendships, accountability, sponsorship, testimonies, teachings, the Bible-based 12 Steps, and a guidance on how to find the hidden reasons BEHIND your addiction. Best of all, it's free and it's everywhere! Click to search for a Celebrate Recovery in your area.
How Does It Feel to Be a Woman Addicted to Porn? by Heather Lundy
I Was a Married Woman Tempted by Porn by Amy Riordan
To the Woman Addicted to Porn - You are Not Alone by Jessica Harris
6 Reasons Men and Women are Drawn to Porn by Luke Gilkerson
Ashamed, Alone, and Addicted to Porn: Do Other Women Struggle with This? by Lauren Jacobs
Porn's Effect on the Brain by Austin Ross
The Secret Women's Porn Problem by Trillia Newbell
How Do I Kick Masturbation Addiction by Jessica Harris
Dirty Girls: The New Porn Addicts by Anne Marie Miller
Ministering to Women Who Are Addicted to Pornography by Deb Douglas
Porn Addiction Among Women with Jessica Harris and Crystal Renaud
Women Fighting Porn Addiction with Hillary Birkey
Girls Watch Too: Pornography and the Modern Woman with Dana Brown Smith
We've Lost the War on Porn - Now What? with Matt Coker
The Whole Women (Prayer)Cast with Crystal Renaud
Is Masturbation Always a Sin? (Opening Segment) with Matt Coker
Accountable2You: Individual - $5/month | Family - $9/month
CovenantEyes: Individual - $11/month | Family - $15/month
Ever Accountable: Individual - $7/month | Family - $10/month
Lion: Free | Costs $10 to add Accountability Partners (1-Time Fee)
X3watch: $7/month or $65/year
*A WARNING ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY SOFTWARE*
Realize that this is simply a tool that should make getting porn more difficult, thus giving you the opportunity to surrender the temptation to God or call an accountability partner, but these will NOT stop you from looking at porn.
Much like we are warned of Diet Soda because it tricks us into thinking because we are being healthy, we can eat a few more calories, and thus we wind up still gaining weight, be warned that Accountability Software is not a cure for your addiction. Don't convince yourself that you are safe from temptation because you've got your phone locked down.
You must remember this is simply a tool that should be used in conjunction with several others as you work on your recovery.
Your First Steps
Here are the ABC's of getting started in your Recovery process - 10 things you can start on right now that will benefit you moving forward:
Realize that you are addicted. Understand that you are powerless to defeat this addiction on your own (if you could, you would've done it already).
Realize that the ONLY place you can find enough willpower to defeat this addiction is Jesus Christ, the one whom has conquered all our sins. He must be your source of strength in the face of temptation.
Find someone you trust, someone the same gender as you, and someone whom you're not related to (you'd be more likely to lie to them), and confess that you have this problem. Let it all out and drop the baggage. If they are willing, make this person your accountability partner who can check on you and help keep you on track.
Install safeguards where you know you've been tempted or triggered before. Install accountability software, set up parental rating controls on Netflix (give your password to your accountability partner), cancel HBO and Showtime, etc.
Take a scouring pad to your phone and laptop. Erase every photo, video, story, and bookmark that you may have saved that is sexually provocative. If you have any magazines, books, DVDs, or even R-rated movies with too much skin, gather it all up and destroy it (not just throw it out - take scissors to it all and THEN throw it out).
Stop for 10 to 15 minutes each morning to have some quiet time with God. Pray, read the Bible, sing praise songs, and meditate (that really just means "listen"). Connect with God and make it a PRIORITY APPOINTMENT each and every day - NOT OPTIONAL.
Find a group of like-minded individuals. If you are lucky enough to know of more women struggling, start up an accountability group and meet once a week. Or, join a Celebrate Recovery program near you. Anonymous and confidential opportunities to share your struggles and victories is a major boost to your recovery.
Remember that this is going to be a process. Sure, we've heard stories of people deciding they were done and walking away without so much as a hiccup along the way, but those cases are super rare. Most people must work at it day by day, trusting God in the steady progress. Don't stress about the future or live in the guilt of the past - hope in the here and now.
Take a look back at your life from as far back as you can remember. Write down every significant event in your life, good or bad. This will help you see when your addiction started and how it progressed.
Take a daily look at yourself and your actions. When you feel tempted, whether you gave in or not, write the incident down. What happened right before that? Did you give in or break free? Why or how? These kind of questions in your journal entries should help you see a current pattern in your life as to what triggers these temptations and hopefully, this should help you make an action plan to fight these triggers in the future.
No more stalling.