Past Problems with Porn

Past Problems with Porn

I overcame my addiction—should I tell anyone?
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Q. Last year, I got hooked on internet porn. But a few months ago, I called a Christian radio station and requested prayer for my problem. I haven't looked at porn once since then. But I never told anyone about this—not my parents or youth pastor or anyone. Should I tell them about it?

A. I'm proud of you for overcoming something that has plunged so many people into dark and dangerous places emotionally and spiritually. But it's likely you will always be vulnerable to the temptation of using porn again. That's why you need to tell someone who can help you avoid falling back into old habits.

You need to have at least one trustworthy person who you can meet with each week to talk about your ongoing healing. Start by confiding in your parents, your pastor, or another Christian adult you trust. Pray with this person, maybe read a book together such as Pure Desire: Helping People Break Free from Sexual Struggles by Ted Roberts, and most importantly, talk honestly about how you're doing. I'd also encourage you to find help through xxxchurch.com. This site offers good resources and very helpful accountability software.

If you haven't done so already, move your computer to a public place in your house—the living room, the kitchen, anywhere other people can see you when you're online. If nothing else, keep the door open when you're online and don't go online when no one else is around. You should also make sure to delete any pornographic websites you may have bookmarked so you can't impulsively click on one.

You may feel like you have gotten this far on your own and that you don't really need the help of others. You may also feel like you want to avoid the shame involved in confessing your struggle to someone else. But none of us can live the Christian life on our own; we need our brothers and sisters in Christ to help us become the people God intends for us to be. Now is the time to cling to your Christian family for the love and support you need.

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