I have a friend who is a former Cocaine addict. He is currently involved with pornography. He told me that getting off Cocaine was easier than stopping pornography use. The basis, he felt, was that he could remove himself from the Cocaine environment, but he cannot easily remove himself from the influence of pornography. Pornography is present in one form or another each time he turns on the TV, computer or even a smart phone.
Cocaine use presents the risk of charges for Possession of a Controlled Substance, C.R.S. 18-18-405, while pornography creates the risk of charges like Sexual Exploitation of a Child, C.R.S. 18-403, Indecent Exposure, 18-7-302, and Internet Luring of a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-306. Pornography, like other unhealthy substances, has unforeseen effects which slowly exceed the boundaries a user puts in place. For example, drug use will start to cause a person to spend more money as the use increases. This will impact payment of staple bills like a car payment, rent, or groceries. Drug use causes comprehension issues and impacts clear thinking on important decisions. Likewise, pornography use has hidden costs.
The Hidden Costs of Pornography Use
No one advertises the hidden costs of pornography use, but they are as real as those of any drug. Users will take time from family to view pornography. They will often spend money on this addiction. It interrupts productive time at work and can cost someone their job. I've seen extensive use of pornography result in divorce, exclusion of time from children, and criminal charges. Pornography causes men and women to engage in risky conduct after their libido is charged to a level and type that is unacceptable to society.
Men using pornography slowly have their inhibitions eroded as they are drawn into a world where their life's focus becomes the next pornography high. They begin to engage in Indecent Exposure, internet romance chat (which can involve Internet Luring of a Child) and sex with strangers. No one plans to engage in such extreme conduct at the outset, but the eventual result is the same with life's decisions ruled by pornography. Criminal charges are common and governmental involvement results in devastating consequences.
Pornography and drugs have a lot in common. Both can overcome a person's will and cause life altering consequences. If you or a loved one is ensnared by pornography use, call Greg for a men's accuntability / support group in the Denver area, at 303-414-0717, today. This Denver men's pornography accountability and support group may save you, your family and career. If contacted by the police about any crime, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.