The Day Porn Recovery Really Started

Today we are talking about an integral part of my own journey that may be missing from yours or from that of one you love.

The war (carefully chosen instead over battle) of becoming Porn-free is a long one— full of ups, downs, and in-betweens. It’s filled with the putting down of feet, renewed vigor, clean periods, slips, falls, shame, anger, learning or discovering something new — leading to an aha moment, and more fresh cycles. But there’s one moment that always sticks out for me looking back; it seems it was the beginning of real progress.

It was the day I decided to do what it takes.

It was when I told myself the truth — that I needed help.

It was when I realized freedom and my future were well worth investing in.

It was the day I did the only thing I knew to do at the time, sign up for accountability software.

I can’t tell how much it has helped over the past few years…

  • having people invested in my fight alongside me.
  • to boost self control when no one is around knowing my activity won’t stay secret.
  • with gaining confidence that comes from knowing you’re actually DOING something about the issue.

I use Covenant Eyes. It’s not the only option, but it’s the only one I’ve tried. It isn’t perfect, but I think it was perfect for me. I’ve been with them for –I’m guessing– five years and still think it’s worth the cost; that has to be worth something.

If you’ve been going in circles it might be perfect you for too.

A few tidbits before you go:

  • The browser isn’t perfect, but does work well.
  • I’m not sure if all the pricing and options, but currently I have the accountability monitoring and filters for around $15 per month.
  • You’ll need to have at least one person to be an “accountability partner”.
  • They offer a service now where your partner would receive blurred screenshots of what you visit. I haven’t ever tried that service.
  • I think of this service as less a magic wand and more a huge boost.
  • It’s really important to get help; quitting any addiction alone is incredibly difficult. Professional help is best, but I know I’m not the only person who would have trouble paying for it.

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