Pornography is the New Drug Addiction
Celebrating #RedRibbonWeek this week, it's a good time to talk about a different type of addiction that many avoid talking about but is quickly becoming the "new drug" of this generation: Pornography.
Some might call that statement over-dramatic yet pornography addiction is real and scientific studies show it can be as harmful, and sometimes even more, as a drug or alcohol addiction. (Source: Fight the New Drug)
While the viewing of pornography and masturbation has been waved off as a "normal activity to relieve sexual tensions", the science is clear: Pornography use harms boys and girls. and men and women, psychologically, emotionally, and socially.
"At-risk users, who invest an inordinate amount of finances, energy and time into Internet pornography often suffer psychological ills such as depression, anxiety, and lack of fulfillment." ( Psychology Today )
Statistics show that the use of pornography is on the rise, especially among young people. For some demographics, we can safely say that pornography use is not the exception anymore: it is the norm. (www.covenanteyes.com)
But how big of a problem is it really? The following statistics on porn use by children, teens, and adults may surprise you:
There is Hope
The facts about pornography use and addiction are depressing and concerning. The good news is, like with any addiction, there is always a way out. Check out the following resources for pornography addiction recovery:
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Pure & Simple Health Education promotes primary prevention and risk-avoidance by encouraging youth to make positive choices. When it comes to drugs, staying drug-free is the best way to prevent drug addictions and all the negative consequences that come with a drug addiction.
This year's Red Ribbon Week happening this week, October 22 - October 31, inspires youth with their theme: "Life is Your Journey; Travel Drug-Free."
The Red Ribbon Week website is full of ideas and resources for how schools, families and communities can participate in this year's Red Ribbon Week and inspire youth to remain drug-free. Here are 5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE RED RIBBON WEEK.
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Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. (Red Ribbon Week)
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The mission of Pure & Simple Health Education, Inc., founded in 1997, remains:
to provide youth-focused primary prevention and risk avoidance education for Youth, Families, and Communities. We promote positive choices, healthy relationships, and strong families.
Part of the revival is the redefining of a committed partnership between Pure & Simple Health Education, Inc. and Kansans for Life that began in 2014 with the late David Gittrich, who served as Pure & Simple’s President. Today the Pure & Simple organization remains a separate 501 (C) 3 nonprofit with leadership completely separate from Kansans for Life.
A Brief Pure & Simple History:
In 1997, Dr. Ruth Taylor, Lois Theis, and Mary Easterday incorporated as “Abstinence Education Consultants, Inc.” When the opportunity arose to submit state or federal grant applications in 2001 the organization’s name changed to “Abstinence Education, Inc.” From 2001 to 2012, the organization was awarded State and Federal grants, ranging from $25,000 to $700,000 a year, which enabled the organization to reach many youth and families:
Abstinence Education - now known as Sexual-Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education - is the only 100% effective method for the primary prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections, unwed pregnancy, and other psychological and emotional health concerns.
If we're going to teach kids about sex, we want to give them the complete truth about sex and the whole truth about themselves and their bodies instead of conflicting statistics about "safe[r] sex" and a sex-centered view of themselves and their bodies.
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