Anne Jackson: Battling Porn Addiction

Last week, blogger and author Anne Jackson stopped by the Out of Ur offices. Anne runs the popular blog FlowerDust.net and recently published Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic with Zondervan.

Anne began struggling with an Internet porn addiction at a young age. To help us with our ongoing conversation about dealing with addictions, Anne spoke to Skye and Brandon about her journey and what the church can do to help others in her situation.


Anne Jackson on Battling Porn Addiction from Url Scaramanga on Vimeo.

April 22, 2009

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Caleb

May 09, 2011  3:52pm

I am glad Anne is so open here and i have also figured out that women do struggle with this problem. Lately, i heard a woman preach in my church that women mostly don't have addiction to pornography. I was kind of confused. But now my confusion is fading away slowly. I've had kind of similar background as Anne and i have struggled with pornography. When i started becoming busy with lots of work i almost stopped this completely. But now that i am free without nothing much to do, i tend to fall into it again. I think if we keep God as our first priority, and we want to truly love him, we can actually stop this. It is not easy at all. But i think we need to use the 'free will' God has given us to please him rather than to please ourselves. Ultimately its between us and God. God bless.

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Caleb

May 09, 2011  3:43pm

I am glad Anne is so open here and i have also figured out that women do struggle with this problem. Lately, i heard a woman preach in my church that women mostly don't have addiction to pornography. I was kind of confused. But now my confusion is fading away slowly. I've had kind of similar background as Anne and i have struggled with pornography. When i started becoming busy with lots of work i almost stopped this completely. But now that i am free without nothing much to do, i tend to fall into it again. I think if we keep God as our first priority, and we want to truly love him, we can actually stop this. It is not easy at all. But i think we need to use the 'free will' God has given us to please him rather than to please ourselves. Ultimately its between us and God. God bless.

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Sam

February 24, 2011  1:18pm

Really interesting and unusual to hear a woman's perspective.

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Stop Pornography

June 22, 2010  4:35pm

I am really great to see somebody talk about women and pornography addiction. Men are lucky, we have all the support that we need. Women do not. Thank so much to Anne for speaking out!

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John

August 13, 2009  2:58pm

As a single, never-married born-again man who has struggled with attraction to pornography, in a way I am reassured that some women share my struggle. I trust there is a woman out there who understands my weakness and will not condemn me out of hand as a pervert, since she has been there too.

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Tom

August 04, 2009  7:03pm

We all know we live in a sex-soaked society. So why do Christians continually stick their heads in the sands and pretend it's not a problem? When polled anonymously, over 50% of pastors admit to struggling with pornography. If our pastors are struggling in such great numbers, how much more are our laymen? Is there any hope of victory over this sin? I would like to introduce you to a book which will release next month that deals with pornography and men in a very frank and direct manner. The title is ‘Real Sex Doesn't Come from a Website: The Rewards of Pursuing Your Wife' by author Andrew K. Fox. If you would like to read the first chapter in the book you can a the website www.realsexrewards.com. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on the book. tomtrimble@realsexrewards.com

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Laura

July 21, 2009  4:21pm

Thank you Anne! I have tried to go to friends in the church, however, they either don't take me seriously or they don't know what to say to me. I have been struggling continuously with this issue for over 35 years. When I first became a Christian I was able to be free for a few years, but it rears it's ugly head whenever I feel out of control or helpless. I don't know what I would do if my husband was disgusted. I have confessed it and we pray sometimes together about it. I don't know where else to go . . . but at least I know that there is help on the internet (ironic).

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Luke

April 29, 2009  9:40am

Thanks for opening this can of worms for women in the church! That's a topic we write about on our blog quite a bit: http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/2008/05/08/not-just-a-mans-problem-women-and-porn-addiction/

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anne jackson

April 24, 2009  9:11am

I need to say, when first recovering - i was NOT in the church. I would have never felt safe to discuss this in a church or with Christians...and that is a problem. One I am passionate about helping redeem BY talking about these issues, and others, so openly.

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Linda Stoll

April 24, 2009  8:30am

I appreciate Anne's openness and transparency in discussing a very real issue. She's put the cards on the table when it comes to women and porn. Yes, it is a problem. And, yes, it will become more pervasive since many of today's girls have almost unlimited online access at very young ages. Christian women, in particular, have such shame about their fascination with the images that they have seen … and the powerful emotions that have been awakened. The ones I talk to are horrified that they have become addicted so easily. Let the conversation continue. Let the healing begin. He is able.

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