New Website to Help Battle Porn Addiction

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The next time you go online to watch pornography, you may want to head instead to a website designed to help people overcome their addiction to Internet porn.

Called HeLPAddictions.org, the British-based company is an anonymous, self-help program. However, it is not free -- according to a report from ABC News, it could cost anywhere from $145-$565, depending on what services are purchased.

"It's obvious to us that Internet-based addiction has become increasingly prevalent over the years," said Faye Blackwell, one of the site's three resident counseling experts. "This addiction carries extra baggage. People are embarrassed and guilt-ridden, and there aren't many places that they can go to talk about it."

The response has been impressive. In the eight weeks since it went live, Blackwell said there have been an "enormous amount of people" who have inquired about the site. In the past week, she estimated that 200 to 300 people have shown interest in joining.

ABC writes:

After logging on to the site and paying the program fee, members receive a 5-step therapy packet, along with downloadable audio files and access to a secure online forum community. More expensive program packages include "accountability software," which allows therapists to monitor the members' porn use, and telephone counseling sessions with one of the site's addiction counselors.

"The nature of the Internet makes this so easy and cheap and anonymous," said Blackwell. "But people need to know they're not alone in dealing with this, and this addiction is becoming an ever-increasing problem."

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health estimates that 3% to 5% of the U.S. population suffers from some sort of sexual compulsion disorder.

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