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App for Pornography or Sexual Addiction May Lead More People to Professional Help

Called “hope for one,” support for pornography and sex addiction is just a button away on the iPhone or iPod in a new app. The app features several ways to help people find help and support for pornography or sex addiction, including connecting users in an active dialogue of support together. The app also lets users view news articles and updates about research and resources for pornography or sex addiction, and includes video-formatted tools to help users get their questions answered.

Created by Social Systems LLC, the app is geared toward both genders and can also offer users the opportunity to view podcasts from therapists and experts in the field, as well as people who have reached recovery. Accessible under the name Porn &Sex Addiction Support 4.6.6, the app allows users to share their stories and encourage others as long as they maintain the site’s terms and conditions.

However, because pornography or sex addiction, like addictions to substances, requires professional assistance to reach full recovery, users are encouraged to use programs like this as a supplement to their recovery strategy. Symptoms of sex or pornography addiction can include an inability to stop engaging in the activity, despite consequences, and an inability to control obsessive thoughts related to the behaviors.

Sex addiction and pornography addiction continue to be the focus of new scientific studies. Experts are learning more about the ways the addictions are similar to addictions to drugs and alcohol, and learn more about the ways the addictions affect specific brain regions. The addictions are also progressive, and lead thousands of people to lose families, careers and finances each year.

Increasing numbers of professional recovery institutes and centers are becoming available nationwide as more people seek help for these consuming conditions. Apps like “hope for one” and others may help people overcome feelings of fear or shame related to getting help, but professional help is needed to learn long-term ways of coping and managing the addiction triggers and to help family members understand the recovery process.

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