Most guys, and a lot of girls watch porn. There’s certainly no shortage of it on the internet. But the sheer variety and quantity of online smut can be overwhelming, and for some people, obsession is just a click away.
“Sex or porn addiction” remains a controversial designation—often dismissed as a myth or providing talk-show punchlines thanks to high-profile addicts like Tiger Woods.
But compulsive sexual behavior can systematically destroy a person’s life much as addictions to alcohol or drugs can.
And it’s affecting an increasing number of people, say psychiatrists and addiction experts.
An article I caught recently in Newsweek claimed: “It’s a national epidemic.”
My next guest, Joshua Shea, seemingly had it all. A loving wife, two children, and a supportive extended family. In 2010, he launched a lifestyle magazine in his hometown.
Within a year, he was one of the founders of Central Maine's largest film festival and had won a seat on his City Council. Accolades, including receiving the Key to the City and being called one of the "Next 10 People Shaping Maine's Economy" by a state newspaper followed.
While the public got one picture of Shea, behind closed doors, his longtime mental health and addiction issues were festering.
Joshua is the author of the book "THE ADDICTION NOBODY WILL TALK ABOUT - How My Pornography Addiction Hurt People and Destroyed Relationships" and he's chatting with me today to help us gain some insight into this often stigmatized issue which is so hard for people to openly discuss.
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