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“When we share our stories of overcoming our viewing addiction, we help ourselves heal. We also help others who may be struggling mightily and are on the verge of giving up completely. Your story can give them hope. Please share your story by commenting and please give encouragement and praise to those who’ve shared their story with us. By the way, helping others always helps you.”

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  1. Kai

    ON August 18th, 2016

    I was first introduced to pornography when I was in middle school. “Friends” would show me inappropriate pictures during lunch and I would turn away repulsed, but the seeds of curiosity were planted. I wanted to see more because I didn’t understand why it was so evil, to me it was intriguing and it seemed so exciting to my peers who would show me things. I was up late one night and couldn’t sleep and I got on the computer that was in my room and looked for pornography. I started viewing “soft” porn shying away from anything too vulgar but slowly that same night worked my way into “harder’ porn. I also became a doer for the first time that night and began fantasizing about girls I knew in indecent ways. Thinking about it now it feels like a nightmare, but that is how things began. That became a fairly regular nightly activity for me for the next couple years with me making various personal efforts and short stints of abstinence. It wasn’t until I was 17 and was asked to preform a church service that I felt I was unclean to do that I even believed I needed seek help in order to change. So I did just that, I talked to my parents and to church leaders and got myself on the out of a viewing and doing habit and remained out of it for the majority of the following 6 years, it was my longest stint of abstinence since I first viewed. Then I got married and my wife became depressed because of school and other things and that was difficult for me to deal with and help her through so I fell back into my old habits of viewing with extremely seldom doing. I quickly became transparent with my wife and worked for the next 2 years with her and church leaders to stop making little if any progress. It was terrible and I really started to see and realize the negative consequences of viewing and doing. I became a very negative and my self image and self confidence became nearly non-existent. My father and an acquaintance suggested this book and program and I have felt like the tools it gives and teaches have helped me make more progress than I have ever made before to truly changing and towards living a loving life free of pornography. I am still struggling with some things, but I believe that is because of my imperfect adherence and completion of some of the homeworks and daily tasks within the book. I am optimistic that as I continue to review, reread, and practice I can Live a Loving Life!

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    • Brian Brandenburg

      ON August 19th, 2016

      Thanks for sharing. When we share, we help ourselves continue to live a loving life and also help others do the same.
      By the way, we’ve made daily practice much easier. Sign up for our free practice list to receive a daily email with a built-in short practice session and an inspirational thought. You can sign up at the bottom of the following page: poweroverpornography.com/practice.

  2. Luke

    ON August 27th, 2018

    I was first introduced to pornography when I was eight years old. My father accidentally exposed some adult magazines to me. I remember asking him what mom would think and he, in turn, made me promise not to tell her. I was exposed to pornography again when I was twelve by an older neighbor who lived across the street. Ever since then I’ve been addicted.

    I was born with multiple neurological disabilities. I received medication for these disabilities and underwent several programs aimed at helping those like myself. I was eventually able to lean off all medication and have since graduated college and have become a working professional.

    During this time of my aforementioned treatment, I was severely bullied. I grew up with a false belief that I was not only worthless but forever broken, destined to live out a life dependant on those around me. All of these experiences had their effect and looking back I believe it to be one of the primary reasons behind my past decisions to self-medicate by viewing/doing.

    I have since become a member of the church and have made covenants to overcome this behavior, although it’s proven to be anything but easy.

    However, I remain committed and optimistic towards my future in regards to my addiction. God does not give challenges, only to watch us eternally fail. He believes in us, He invests in us and He desires nothing more than eternal success and joy for us. Thank you for these courses, Brian, I hope to someday help others overcome. You are and remain to be an inspiration. Thank you.

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    • Brian Brandenburg

      ON August 27th, 2018

      What a great last paragraph to your story. “God does not give challenges, only to watch us eternally fail. He believes in us, He invests in us and He desires nothing more than eternal success and joy for us.” Inspiring to all who read it. Thanks for sharing and may God bless you to live a loving life.

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