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Sex and porn addiction therapy apps are a cheaper and more convenient addiction therapy option for consumers.
- Many sex and porn addicts usually battle with shame, isolation, and fear as a result of their porn use. As such, they tend to keep this aspect of their lives private, and this prevents them from seeking help. However, some addiction therapy apps help to maintain consumer anonymity and privacy while effectively tackling the addiction.
- They also provide easy and quick access to porn and sex addiction therapy and are essentially more convenient for the consumer.
- Other factors that prevent people from seeking care for their addiction, such as cost, insurance coverage, and fear of losing a job, are eliminated or reduced with the use of therapy apps. For example, the rTribe app for porn addicts developed by former addicts is free.
- Studies have shown that sex addiction can be linked to other addictions. With the use of sex and porn addiction therapy apps, consumers have the opportunity to tackle more than one addiction problem/disorder, as some apps offer multiple therapy options.
- Sex and porn addiction therapy apps allow consumers to monitor their progress, keep track of their addiction triggers, and note times of the day when they are more easily triggered, as well as several other options.
- Most sex and porn addiction therapy apps give maximum control and power to the consumer with little forms of accountability. The user can thus decide to stop using the apps at any time of their choosing.
- There is little or no supervision when battling sex and porn addiction using a therapy app. As such, consumers can easily maneuver and manipulate the information that they provide.
- It is unclear whether the use of apps alone can lead to significant behavioral changes or sustain such changes.
- Many experts still opine that therapy apps can assist in providing behavioral change, but cannot replace the value of human interaction.
- About 12-30 million people are living with some form of sex addiction in the US. The rate of sex addiction, pornography usage, and access is going up due to technology and the internet. Previously, people relied on DVDs and videotapes to be able to watch porn, but in recent times, the internet allows people to view the same using mobile devices and laptops. This increased accessibility has thus led to a broader market of porn and sex addicts, and in effect, more market for sex and porn addiction therapy apps.
- Porn consumption is prevalent and closely associated with younger adult demographics. They are thus more likely to be addicted to it. According to Accenture, this category prioritizes convenience in healthcare and Forbes confirms the same for millennials.
- Also, Accenture points out that virtual care is now more appealing for US consumers with complex needs such as routine therapy/mental health. Therapy apps are thus a more convenient therapy option for most people and provide a suitable alternative for people that do not wish to establish human interaction in tackling the addiction.
- Since sex and porn addiction are not recognized as true addictions by the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), there is less emphasis on the therapy methods used to tackle them, compared to more prevalent addictions like alcohol and drug abuse. However, recognition of sex and porn addiction as true addictions could lead to enforcements of therapy methods that require physical interaction.
- This assessment is valid because many experts regard addiction therapy apps as an assistive therapy method unable to influence and sustain significant behavioral changes solely.
- The establishment of policies and behavioral interventions that equip recovering addicts to cope with social stigma and shame-based systems could reduce the fear of opening up to people and encourage more sex addicts to patronize physical therapy over addiction therapy apps.