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Are You Enabling A Pornography Addiction?

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This week I thought I’d share my Top 5 most popular posts of all-time! Today’s post, “Are You Enabling A Pornography Addiction”, comes in at #5 with 142 views all-time. It’s been over a year since I wrote this the first time, and upon a second reading (and a lot of past time) I want to caution you to carefully consider any course of action you take regarding dealing with an addiction, your or someone else’s. Enjoy!

Three Taverns Church

A reader recently asked me, “What does it mean to enable a pornography addiction?” Great question!

Miriam-Webster’s dictionary defines an ‘enabler’ as: “One who enables another to persist in self-destructive behavior by providing excuses or by making it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior.”

Here are three common ways people enable pornography addictions:

  • Turning a blind eye to pornography use
  • Changing core beliefs to accommodate a spouse’s pornography use
  • Failure to enforce consequences regarding pornography use

Turning a Blind Eye
There are many men and women in denial about their spouse’s pornography use. For example, a woman might find pornographic websites on the family computer’s Internet browser history and convince herself that a recent houseguest, not her husband, is responsible. The challenge people often face with regard to their spouse’s pornography use is that other than using pornography the spouse is basically a good, decent person. Instead of…

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