Why are there no porn addiction support groups?

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There’s a building down the road for me, a place I’ve visited when I’ve needed NHS treatment for mental problems. They frequently run support groups for people with a range of different needs: Alcoholics Anonymous (a HUGE group) Gamblers Anonymous (not much smaller) groups for people addicted to painkillers, groups with a focus on certain ethnicities, a PTSD group and a group for substance abusers. There’s one addiction, though, that they don’t provide for.

Porn addiction. If there’s an AA and a GA, why is there no PA? Why is it that people feel comfortable enough to talk about being an alcoholic but not a heavy porn user? Why are we ashamed about our own sexualities? Is it really that we don’t want the receptionist at the building to know we watch Xvideos on a daily basis?

What makes this so strange is that porn addiction is fast becoming the most common addiction in the developed world. See some interesting American stats here and some UK / Worldwide stats here.

Yet when you search the net, there are only private therapists offering support. (And why go for this when you can get your GP to refer you to NHS psychotherapy?)

A support group would need a memorable pseudonym, like “Broadband” or something- not too suggestive but with a relevant sub-context for remembrance. Questions: who would be brave enough to set it up? How would you promote it? Who would allow the group to meet in their building? (You’d think most public buildings, but Brits are still hung up on sex.) You’d be more likely to get a building to host a support group for heroin junkies than for porn addicts, and the needle-users would be more likely to show up for the meetings.

So the last question is, why is this STILL behind closed doors?

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