Understanding Masturbation Addiction
Addiction is caused by two brain chemicals, Dopamine and endorphins. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which helps you experience pleasure. While, endorphins are the hormones which are released during the times of stress and physical activity. Endorphins help you in recovery process.
When you masturbate, the body releases dopamine, the chemical that enables you to feel sexual pleasure, and endorphins, once you are done masturbating. Over time, this release of brain chemicals is needed by your body more frequently.
Endorphins and dopamine are stress relievers. So, those who experience more stress than usual or are suffering from any mental health problems are most likely to become addicted to masturbation and the release of these chemicals.
Hence, masturbating more than ideal is a reflection on a bad coping mechanism. It makes you avoid your problems rather than facing them head on.
While masturbation is known to be an important part of a healthy person’s sexuality, any behaviour in excess is problematic. If you are a chronic masturbator and masturbate several times a day, your body is more likely to become addicted to these stress-releasing chemicals.
Also, as times passes by, your body will need more and more of these chemicals to feel the same kind of effect, making you masturbate more.When your brain releases dopamine, you experience similar feelings like a heroin addict does.
There are many ways in which you can control your habit of masturbating frequently:
– Stay busy and focused
– Find other outlets to spend your time and energy
– Play sports, be creative, eat healthy and sleep well
– Limit your alone time
– Remove everything that can stimulate you in any way to watch porn
– Consume fruits and vegetables that increase energy
– Find a therapist to counsel you through your addiction
– Be motivated and never feel ashamed