What is the difference between love addiction and porn addiction?

For someone struggling with addiction, or the partner of someone struggling with addiction, definitions of the problem might start to bog down the recovery process. You or your spouse may know or even admit there is a problem in the relationship, but defining that problem could be difficult — sometimes even as difficult as admitting the addiction exists in the first place.

With sexual-related addictions, couples in the inland northwest may have trouble figuring out exactly what is plaguing the relationship. Two types of sexual addition are pornography addiction and love addiction.  Let’s look at these two.   

A pornography addiction is much like it sounds — the overuse or abuse of pornography. Someone addicted to porn cannot control the compulsion to use porn for destructive or negative behaviors, which leads to objectification of the actors and loss of intimacy. 

A love or relationship addict is when a person becomes dependent on the object of their love because they are addicted to the “high” of feeling in love. As this addiction is more difficult to diagnose, it is best to work with a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist to identify and treat.

For couples or individuals in the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane area, if you’re still unsure where you or your partner may fall in these categories, please feel free to contact our office today to set up an appointment.