A way out of addiction to pornography and cybersex

Mark Swinney, C.S.B., and Ginny Luedeman, C.S.B.

Healing, not condemnation, is at the heart of this chat. Mark Swinney points out that bringing our thought in line with the reality of God’s changeless goodness gives us freedom from materialism and mortality and brings a lasting feeling of closeness to God. One of Ginny’s themes is the importance of structuring our lives on solid building blocks like the fact that God is Love, that God saw everything He had made as very good, expressing the male and female qualities. She says that addiction would suggest that you are not complete, but when you listen to God’s higher call to be the way He made you to be—complete, made in the image of Love—you can find freedom.

Questions from site visitors explored different aspects of how to give up these addictions, how to resist the pressure to resume this behavior, ways to help young people who are attracted to pornography, situations in a marriage where one partner may rely on pornography for satisfaction, couples who use sexual fantasies based on pornography, how to overcome addiction to strip-tease clubs, and whether or not a little porn is really a bad thing.

The transcribed text has been edited for clarity.

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