Is My Pornography Use a Problem?

If you question whether your pornography use is a problem, compulsive or addictive, here are some questions that may help you determine if help is needed:

  • Do you sense that your sexual thoughts and/or behaviors are causing problems in your life?
  • Have sexual thoughts interfered with your ability to function at work or at school?
  • Do you sometimes think that you are the only person who has certain sexual thoughts or engages in certain sexual behaviors?
  • Do you fail to meet commitments or fail to carry out responsibilities because of your involvement with pornography?
  • Do you struggle to control or completely stop your thinking about or viewing of pornography?
  • Do you view pornography in order to escape, deny, or numb your feelings?
  • Do you think about sex more than you would like to?
  • Have you ever promised yourself that you would never again view pornography?
  • Do you use pornography to deal with, deny, or avoid problems in your life?
  • Do your sexual thoughts and/or behaviors interfere with your spiritual or religious life?
  • Have you lost a job or risked losing a job because of your involvement with pornography?

If you answered yes to any of these statements, you may benefit from discussing these issues with your parents, your bishop, or a professional counselor.