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Mar 03 2012

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Expert: Online Porn Increases Addiction Risk – It’s Been Identified, Now Let’s Do Something to Stop It

 
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Updated: Saturday, 03 Mar 2012, 1:11 PM EST
Published : Saturday, 03 Mar 2012, 1:11 PM EST
 

(NewsCore) – The prevalence of internet pornography is turning more people into sex addicts, an Australian rehabilitation expert says.

“The amount of porn that is readily available to anyone, especially on the internet, will lead to a serious public health problem,” said Robert Mittiga, who runs the GATS Counseling center in Adelaide, one of only two clinics in Australia that treat sex addiction.

Mittiga said he expected the number of diagnosed addicts to grow as more people learned about the condition.

“Research has shown that about 10 percent of any population are addicted to sex,” he said.

Mittiga conservatively estimated up to one million Australians could have the problem.

He said the internet — and young people’s access to it — exacerbated the problem. He likened its wide array of pornography to marijuana, which he said was a gateway to harder and harder drugs.

“Many sex addicts were exposed to pornography at a very young age, before their minds could properly process it. It could’ve been their father’s magazines under the bed, but these days it is readily available on the internet,” he said.

“Sex addicts on the internet often experience a rapid progression of their addiction as they trawl deeper and deeper into hard-core porn to get their fix.”

He acknowledged there was a debate over whether it could really be classified as an addiction but said he treated it as an addiction because it met all the criteria.

“Sex addicts have the same mood alterations as people addicted to substances like drugs or alcohol,” he said.

Read more: Adelaidenow.com.au

 

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