Addiction in the Digital Age
Pornography these days is so plentiful, easy to access, and often free that it’s affecting the therapy field’s sex and porn addiction paradigm. Like others with process addictions to things like social media, gambling, and shopping, clients suffering from porn addiction often didn’t know they were at risk until they got caught in an addictive cycle: one, that in this era of high-speed internet and smart phone technology, can be intensely difficult to break. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to:
- Open a dialogue with clients about the differences between run-of-the-mill porn use and the signs and symptoms of addiction
- Identify and address the trends of modern porn addiction that can negatively affect clients, such as interpersonal conflict, inability to become aroused by real sex, dysphoria, an increase in thrill-seeking behaviors, and isolation
- Discover the neurobiological mechanisms of behavioral/process addictions, and integrate salient treatment approaches into your practice, including CBT-Internet Addiction, holistic lifestyle attunements, and elements of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
Zachary Alti, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in New York City and a clinical social work professor at Fordham and Rutgers universities.