True recovery from porn addiction and obsessive-compulsive hypersexualised behaviour is possible. Relapse is not inevitable, however understanding the science behind problematic behaviour is vital.
There are 4 primary ways that compulsive sexual behaviours can be triggered and understanding these ways is vital to becoming free.
Incorrect belief induced triggers
"Many studies have drawn the connection between excessive food intake and addiction in both animal models and humans. A 2001 study in The Lancet observed a similar dearth of dopamine receptors in the brains of many obese people as in those hooked on cocaine or alcohol. The new research adds a more nuanced understanding of just how food can modify the brain—and shows that differences in the brain from the outset can predispose an individual for overeating." (March 28 in Nature Neuroscience) https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/addicted-to-fat-eating/
Certain types of foods create an opioid effect in the brain and increase dopamine levels:
Gluten can be degraded into several morphine-like substances, named gluten exorphins;
Sugar releases opiates and dopamine and can cause the same addictive response and withdrawal symptoms as cocaine and other illicit drugs;
Dairy and cheese trigger opiate and dopamine release as cocaine does - Cheese is as addictive as drugs because of a chemical called casein. This is found in dairy products and can trigger brain's opioid receptors. Opioid receptors are linked to the control of pain, reward and addiction; and
pizza, unsurprisingly, came out on top of the most addictive food list. The study found certain foods are addictive because of the way they are processed. The more processed and fatty the food, the more it was associated with addictive eating behaviours.' (References below)
Addicted to Fat: Overeating May Alter the Brain as Much as Hard Drugs In a study published online March 28 in Nature Neuroscience, describes "these rats' indulgent tribulations, adding to research literature on the how excess food intake can trigger changes in the brain, alterations that seem to create a neurochemical dependency in the eater—or user. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.) Preliminary findings from the work were presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in October 2009." The study found that, "like many people, rats are happy to gorge themselves on tasty, high-fat treats. Bacon, sausage, chocolate and even cheesecake quickly became favorites of laboratory rats that recently were given access to these human indulgences—so much so that the animals came to depend on high quantities to feel good, like drug users who need to up their intake to get high." www.scientificamerican.com/article/addicted-to-fat-eating/
Subtle manipulation of human sexuality by Porn Merchants in our pornified society, has caused many people to anchor a sexual response to a non-sexual cue. Anchors might be called 'fetishes' while other cues are considered to be 'normal.' Examples of common fetishes are high-heeled shoes, underwear, images, acts and scents. Many fetishes are suffered by serial, sexual murderers who are unable to experience sexual 'satisfaction' or arousal unless their fetishes are indulged - eg violence accompanies the sexual activity, 'sex' with a corpse etc Cues considered to be normal are the sight/images/videos of naked women, even if those women are clearly being insulted, degraded, humiliated and abused.
Lessons from Porn & Reality Corrections
Childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex traumas cause a person to feel insecure and unsure of their true value. The emotional wounds inflicted in childhood or in any abusive situation, can prompt the sufferer to try to medicate the wound in an effort to numb or 'escape' their pain. Some of the medications used as escapes or numbing agents are drugs, gambling, alcohol, smoking/hookah, over-eating, eating dopamine increasing foods, watching movies, gaming, reading fiction books, sexually abusive behaviours i.e. pornography, visiting strip clubs, using prostitutes, rape.
Incorrect Belief-Induced Triggers
False beliefs can trigger compulsive urges if a person believes that a sexual response is 'natural' or that they are powerless to resist the urge and that because it is 'natural' they will have no relief from the urge for the rest of their life. When a hypersexualised person believes they are doomed to suffer so severely forever, it can trigger an effort to escape the pain. An emotionally injured person is robbed of any hope when they are convinced that they are powerless to overcome the compulsion.
Some false beliefs are that:
the condition of hypsexualisation is normal;
some people have a naturally higher libido than others;
every 'red-blooded' man 'does' porn;
people with 'high libidos' and 'red-blooded men,' need more 'sex' than others and require more sexual partners than the 'average' person;
all 'normal' men want to see naked, partially-naked or 'beautiful' (ie young) women at every opportunity;
all 'normal' men want to have 'sex' with as many different women as possible but feel restricted to fulfil their desires by social customs;
it is impossible to recover from sexual abuse addiction completely and be trigger-free;
there are sexaholics;
people struggling with sexual abuse are powerless to overcome their compulsion.