Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)

Adopted for Pornography Addiction

by Feed The Right Wolf (See all authors)

When I first realized that I had pornography addiction about 3 years ago, I struggled for about a little over a year to overcome it on my own. I was very poor and couldn't afford the treatment, neither was I ready to admit to another human being the nature of my problem.

So I tried to read the free books that I could find in the library, which dealt with other addictions. I picked up a very good book, called "Kill the Craving" and I modified a technique largely taken from this book called Exposure Response Prevention of ERP. This techniques was design to help people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder , but it worked wonders for me, and was very useful in getting over the first 30 days.

I do not claim this "system" to be the solution. It will not substitute 12 step and other healthy changes in the lifestyle, nevertheless I believe (and I could be wrong) it can be very beneficial for people in early recovery.

I've made a video in which I tried to outline the basics of this "system" in the most efficient manner I could manage. I wanted to share it here.

If you think it is helpful, and you think somebody can benefit from it, please feel free to pass it on.

The link to download the video is
http://feedtherightwolf.nfshost.com/video/ERP.mp4

I've also made 2 checklists to go along with this video:
http://feedtherightwolf.nfshost.com/files/Checklist.pdf

(This one is for sample motivational statements)
http://feedtherightwolf.nfshost.com/files/Cards.pdf

Disclaimer:

The author of the above is not religious. We had someone check though, and the movie is 100% Kosher. However, be warned that for one of the exercises he advises seeing a triggering image or trigger ourselves mentally in order to measure the physical response our body has, and to learn how to appropriately address it. GYE does not condone this. Please "Skip" this exercise. Thank you :-)

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