Special Feature

Overcoming Porn Addiction: Practical and Spiritual Steps

Here are five practical measures to begin the recovery process from pornography use as recommended by Mark Houck, co-founder and president of The King’s Men lay apostolate:

1. Decide to get well and resolve to stop viewing all forms of pornography.

2. Remove all sources of temptation that may prevent you from healing.

3. Be willing to make sacrifices, which may involve changing current duties or habits.

4. Become familiar with the process by which one begins to repeat addictive behavior.

5. Find a support group or network of “solid” people to help in your recovery.

Here is Houck’s advice on addressing porn addiction on a supernatural level by seeking God’s grace:

1. Pray daily.

2. Seek education and formation in the virtues.

3. Practice patience and perseverance, realizing that self-mastery is the work of a lifetime.

4. Turn your thoughts to God’s merciful love when tormented during recovery with impure images and temptations.

5. If Catholic, participate frequently in two great sources of sacramental grace — the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.