By Joseph F. Price

Are you habitually thinking or fantasizing about sex? Are you always trying to find ways to satisfy your urges and frustrations? Do you get an adrenaline rush from watching pornography? Pornography creates a multitude of chemicals in the brain that are as harmful as doing drugs, and is highly addictive.

Experts indicate phone addiction, internet addiction, and porn addiction combined are going to represent the next health crisis. When, you make the decision to experiment with pornography for sexual pleasure it will have a lasting impact on your brain chemicals, relationships, and mental health.

In the 1980s, a commercial used the analogy of two frying pans and two eggs to explain how a person’s brain looks on drugs. The pan on the left with the raw egg in it represented the natural state of a brain, and the pan on the right showed a fried egg. The caption read: “This is your brain on drugs.” The same analogy can be applied to a person who is using a lot of pornography to stimulate their mind. Except in this case, the egg would be snapping, crackling, and popping on the stove until it is burnt, and the pan is in flames. Porn viewing does this to a person’s brain, spirit, and soul.

Essentially, your brain works like a car engine. There are many mechanisms operating together. Different chemical synapses send signals throughout your body. There is a space, or small gap in our brains where information is transferred between cells. This space is commonly called the synaptic cleft. In order for information to flow, chemical messengers called neurotransmitters are shot across this gap. Think of this like a spark- plug in a car. The neurotransmitter has to make it through this gap in order to spark a thought, or to get your information highway up and running.

There are six major brain chemicals discharged while a person watches porn. Add the additional hormones that are released, and you come up with a highly toxic “neuro-cocktail.”

The first chemical is Dopamine. It is the chemical in charge of your emotions and your thoughts. It is a “feel good” neurotransmitter that “snaps” to attention, when you have a powerful longing for something you have already experienced before. For instance, you have to eat chocolate because it tastes good. Therefore, your brain keeps telling you to eat more of it. The same thing happens when a person watches porn over and over. Dopamine keeps rushing into that area of the brain, and this makes a person addicted because the neurotransmitter indicates that you need more of it. Interestingly, Dopamine plays a major role in memory.  The chemical remembers that the hot, little number in a G-string is just a click away.

The second chemical is Norepinephrine. This chemical sends a “crackling” sensation through the body because it elevates adrenaline. Maybe a couple is having trouble with their sex life, and they want to spice up things in the bedroom. One of them starts watching sex videos to get new ideas. The first time it doesn’t seem to be a problem, but then their mind starts fantasizing about more and more stimulation. Then, people begin to hide their behaviors. They start chatting with girls over the internet, sneaking off to the bathroom to masturbate, and lying to their wives. Of course, it’s their dirty secret, after all. Unfortunately, the individual gets an adrenaline rush from hiding the secret, and this is where the vicious cycle begins.

Oxytocin and Vasopressin work together to cement a person’s “long-term memories to the object that gave him or her sexual pleasure.” Oxytocin is often referred to as the “cuddle hormone.” It is the hormone released when a mother and father first hold their new baby. The hormone connects them to that memory. If this chemical is released during climax it can have a negative impact on a pornography user. The chemical spreads messages to the spectator’s brain that makes him or her become attached or connected to the video, and it prevents them from forming real relationships with one another.

Let’s talk about Endorphins, which are chemicals that make people feel high. Drugs aren’t required to feel on top of the world. It just happens, naturally! You don’t have to go out and buy opiates. They are already available in your head. People, who run and exercise know how awesome these chemicals make them feel. Endorphins are like an aphrodisiac that brings on the desire for sex, and the chemicals start “popping” around in the brain like a drug boosting your libido.

A normal, loving couple should experience a feeling of excitement and happiness during sex, and they usually form a loving connection. When a person constantly stimulates their brain with porn, they are changing the chemistry of these natural endorphins. It is like disconnecting a spark-plug from a reliable source of energy. If you put that plug into the wrong socket, it won’t fire correctly.

“Dr. Judith Reisman called porn an ‘erotoxin,’ theorizing that the brain itself might be damaged while watching porn. She speculated that future brain studies would reveal that the surge of neurochemicals and hormones released when someone watches porn has measurably negative effects on the brain,” (Gilkerson, 2019).

Once sexual participants finish making love there is a calming chemical called Serotonin released into the bloodstream. Humans were never designed to have sex with machines, videos, or other abstract images. People were created for interaction and relationships with living beings. You’re just cheating yourself, if you “short-circuit” the natural process of things by using an inanimate object to fulfill your lusts. All these chemicals work well together, if the user doesn’t rewire his or her brain by doing something unnatural to knock it off balance.

In the long run, Pornography changes your brain chemistry, ruins relationships, and harms your mental health. All the chemicals that work together in your brain snap, crackle, and pop until there is an explosion that causes permanent damage to your life. Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Endorphins interact together and become like hot wires in the brain with repeated use of erotica. Prolonged exposure hardens people’s minds and “desensitizes” their brains to the point that just a little bit of pornography is no longer satisfying. They need to watch harder porn with more violence and cruelty to satiate the chemical Dopamine. The domino effect is that it destroys relationships with their friends and family. Once this takes place, they have to seek help from a mental health provider to straighten out the chemical destruction of their brain and repair relationships.

 

Gilkerson, L. (2019). Your Brain on Porn. Covenant Eyes. Retrieved from www.covenanteys.com/science-of-pornaddiction-ebook

 

Joseph F. Price has been a life/recovery coach for over 12 years and a study of the human condition for over 40. You may contact him at Pornrecovery.coach

Note: Victoria Sayhi contributed to this post

13 comments

  1. Maybe I’m misinterpreting, but it seems like a “normal, loving couple” “making love” is being presented as how sex should be and porn is how it shouldn’t be. To me it seems like there’s a lot of healthy sexual territory in the middle, including masturbation with internal visualization rather than external visual stimuli.

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  2. I do understand that too much input can alter your brain. What is not clear to me in this article; does this count for everybody? Is porn highly addictive, like lets say heroïne or are there people more susceptible to it? And is ‘soft porn for women’ also addictive or can it surve a purpose of a ‘pleasant addition’ instead of an addiction?

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    1. The No. 1 most searched term on PornHub the last two years has been “Porn for Women” as for pleasant addiction, I don’t think there’s such a thing. It’s like “functional addict”. If a behavior is only causing pleasant results and not having a negative effect on your life, it is, by definition, not an addiction.
      I have heard and read from multiple experts that talk about the levels of pleasure chemicals that are released in the brain and porn is on the same level as cocaine, with heroin being a much stronger surge of those chemicals. I’m sure, like everything with healthcare, results are probably a little different from person to person.

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      1. Wow, I’m surprised by your answer. Or I’ve been living under a rock the last few years. I didn’t know it is on the same level as cocaïne on the brain. That is quite an effect, not at all as ‘honey, let’s watch an innocent movie together’. It is very good to know that information because when you know yourself as being more susceptible to addictions, you can take precautions and keep a distance. Thank you!

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      2. Well, it’s the effect for an addict. I can admit at this point that 20 years ago, I did coke a few times. I would have rather drank or looked at porn. It didn’t do much for me, just like gambling doesn’t do anything for me. I think it’s just a measurement of how much dopamine and other chemicals are released in the brain. I don’t think it necessarily means it’s the same high. I can punch you in the face and you’ll get a rush of dopamine, but it doesn’t mean it feels good.

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      3. I promise this is the last question; is it as widely known for its possible dangers? I know your blog and position are quite unique. I believe you wrote that statistics and research is coming out. Do you have the idea that the people making the big money of porn know this information but are not spreading it? I imagine a situation like in the ’60 with the tobacco-industry. There was sufficient evidence that is was addictive but it was not admitted as adequately.

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      4. I don’t think they really care. It’s not illegal to produce mainstream pornography. It’s probably not killing as many people as McDonald’s. I don’t think eliminating porn is realistic. I think we need to educate people about the possible outcomes of using too much.

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