Floyd Godfrey, PhD


Breaking the Secret: Teenagers with a Pornography Addiction

By Floyd Godfrey


I know talking about stuff like pornography addiction can feel really awkward, especially when it's something you're dealing with personally. You might feel like you're the only one facing this, but trust me, you're not alone. It's like having a secret that feels too big to share, but keeping it inside can make things even tougher.

First off, it's super important to know that seeking help is okay. It's actually a brave and important step towards feeling better. There's a verse in the Bible, James 5:16, that says, "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." This doesn't just mean telling people about the wrong things you've done; it's about opening up, sharing what's tough, and finding support and healing through that honesty.

Why Talking Helps

When you keep something like this a secret, it can feel like carrying a really heavy backpack that gets more burdensome over time. Talking to someone you trust, like a parent, a mentor, or a youth pastor, can help lighten that load. It might sound scary to open up about something like pornography addiction, but the people who care about you want to help you through hard times, not judge you.

How to Open Up

  1. Choose the Right Person: Think about someone in your life who is understanding, kind, and has always been there for you. This person should also respect your privacy and be willing to support you through your journey.
  2. Find the Right Moment: Look for a quiet time to talk, when you won't be interrupted or rushed. This might be during a walk, after dinner, or at another calm time.
  3. Use Simple Words: Start by saying you have something important to share and you need their support. You can say, "I've been struggling with something, and I really need someone to talk to about it."
  4. Be Honest but Gentle: You don't have to go into all the details right away. Just share what you're comfortable with. Remember, it's okay to be vulnerable.

Courage to Ask for Help

Asking for help shows strength, not weakness. It's the first step towards breaking free from the cycle of addiction. If talking to someone you know feels too hard, consider reaching out to a professional counselor who can provide guidance and support in a confidential setting.

Recovery and Hope

Recovery from any addiction, including pornography, is a journey. It might have its ups and downs, but with the right support and determination, you can overcome it. Every step towards healing is a victory, no matter how small it may seem. Remember, change is possible, and there's always hope for a brighter future.

In closing, know that you're valued and loved, not just by the people around you but also by God. He's with you in this fight, offering strength and grace every step of the way. Opening up and seeking help isn't just about overcoming a struggle; it's about moving towards a fuller, more joyful life. So, take that brave step forward—you've got this, and you're not alone.

If you’d like to contact Dr. Godfrey or seek additional help, go to his website: www.FloydGodfrey.com.


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