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Utah Governor Declares Porn a ‘Health Hazard’ and Signs Two Bills

Utah Governor Declares Porn a 'Health Hazard' and Signs Two Bills

Author: Shernide Delva

Back in February, we published an article on how Utah Republican State Senator Todd Weiler declared porn a public health crisis. Weiler came out in protest of pornography citing the destructive, addictive nature of porn. He introduced a legislature to Utah that would allow the state to closely monitor ]pornography usage and reduce child pornography.

Now, the state’s governor is coming out with support for those beliefs. Utah Gov. Gary R. Hubert recently said that porn is a “health hazard” and produces a “sexually toxic environment” for those who view it.  He signed two bills to raise awareness of the issue he feels strongly about:

“Pornography is a public health crisis. Today I signed two bills that will bring its dangers to light. S.C.R. 9 calls for additional research and education so that more individuals and families are aware of the harmful effects of pornography,” said Herbert on the governor’s Facebook page.

Of the two bills, one is technically a resolution that declares porn as an official health hazard to the state of Utah while the other bill proposes a solution. The first bill explains the reason why porn is such a huge problem. It lists the numerous detrimental effects of porn such as causing the treatment of women as “objects and commodities for the viewer’s use.” The bill continues to state that pornography “equates violence toward women and children with sex and pain with pleasure, which increases the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse images, and child pornography.”

Still, the bill does not list any punishing powers. It does not explicitly ban pornography in the state, nor does it contain any consequences for those caught viewing pornography.

Jon Cox, the spokesperson for the Republican governor, explained the bill Monday stating the point of the bill is to declare a resolution to raise awareness and education of the dangers of porn:

“We want Utah youths to understand the addictive habits” of porn that are “harmful to our society,he said.

The second bill introduced does list some consequences for more specific porn usage, such as viewing child pornography. The second bill requires technicians who find child pornography during their work to report it to law enforcement. Any technician who fails to report findings of child pornography would face a class B misdemeanor.

Claims of Addiction

Porn addiction has been, and continues to be, a controversial manner. Some believe pornography has a place in society while others believe it is harmful. Some also believe pornography can be addictive while others find there is nothing addictive about it. Just like any addiction, some people are affected more by an action or behavior than others are.

Dawn Hawkins is the executive director of National Center on Sexual Exploitation in Washington, had spoken in the past how detrimental she feels porn can be.

“Pornography encourages viewers to view their sexual partners in a dehumanized way, and it increases the acceptance and enjoyment of sexual violence and harmful beliefs about women, sex, and rape.”

Pornography continues to be an interesting conversation had throughout the entire country. An interesting twist to the legislation is that in 2009, Utah was determined by Harvard Business School to have the highest pornography sales per capita than any other state in the United States.

Pornography exists, and people are watching it. That is a fact. Whether or not pornography should be banned or how addictive it can be remains a conversation to be had repetitively. However, as with any addiction, people respond differently. If you feel you have a problem, get help. Do not feel ashamed. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

Utah Senator Declares Porn a Public Health Crisis

Utah Senator Declares Porn as a Public Health Crisis.

Author: Shernide Delva

Utah has officially declared porn a public health crisis. Republican State Senator Todd Weiler has recognized the destructive, addictive nature of pornography and has recently introduced a resolution to the Utah legislature.

However, critics of the new legislature say it is based on exaggeration and morality rather than scientific evidence on the actual effects of pornography. Furthermore, many argue the senator’s resolution relies more on pseudoscience and has no place in governmental action.

Nonetheless, Weiler suggests that pornography exposure causes low-self-esteem in teens and leads to sexual behaviors. The bill he is pushing suggests that pornography represents a public health crisis.

The senator goes on to claim that pornography is responsible for:

  • Damaging teens’ brains
  • Affecting the state of marriage
  • Increasing the rates of rape and sexual violence
  • Causing a host of other social problems.

Weiler is passionate about the porn addiction problem. He has even called on the government of Utah to engage in research and prevention efforts to address this “epidemic.”  Is porn responsible for these setbacks? Are these claims fact or fiction?

Digging a bit deeper, one can find a host of arguments for and against Weiler’s statements. One argument points to a massive study conducted in the United Kingdom which actually reveals that the effects of porn on teens were too insubstantial to actually make any true claims.  In the study, which reviewed over 40,000 research articles, they found that pornography only explained less than 1% of negative behaviors in teens. The study concluded that blaming pornography for risky sexual behavior is more of a distraction than a solution. Rather, there should be a stronger focus on issues of education, poverty, substance use/mental health and family variables that play a more significant role.

Moving on to the next part of the legislation, Weiler states that pornography serves as a child’s first form of sex education and even forms their sexual templates in the long run. Unfortunately, this has been seen to be true in most cases. Often, a young person’s first exposure to sexuality is found to be through pornography.

However, many hope the legislation will push towards focusing on sex education efforts for youth in Utah, rather than the addiction in general. Sex education is a huge issue across the United States. Many states, like Utah, have an emphasis  on abstinence-only sex education rather than exploring other more effective options. This could be a very significant setback.

Next question: Is pornography really a biological addiction?

One article reveals actually has been a wealth of research that correlates porn access to a reduction of sexual violence and sexual crimes. Still, other articles correlate porn with an increase in sexual violence. Science remains unsure if porn addiction is a true addiction.

Furthermore, the final terms of Weiler’s bill is strongly considered a conservative ideology. Weiler seems to believe that it is only men who watch porn and women who are abused by it. Throughout the resolution, it seems that Weiler’s main concern is that pornography reduces the desire for males to marry women and have children. However, studies show that many women view pornography as well.

According to several reports, Utah has the highest rates of pornography in the United States. Weiler believes that pornography is a “gateway” behavior that affects the brains of teenagers. However, in a strange chicken-egg debate, critics argue if whether pornography is the problem, or if underlying issues cause the increase in pornography use.

Whether you believe in porn addiction or not, addiction is a wide spectrum disorder, and it does not always have to be substance abuse. Other addictions are common and real. If you feel like you are struggling to overcome an addiction, the time is now to explore your treatment options. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

Pornography Addiction: XXX Edition

Pornography Addiction: XXX Edition

By Cheryl Steinberg

Pornography Addiction: Is it real?

Currently, porn addiction is not a diagnosis listed in DSM-5. “Viewing online pornography” is mentioned in the diagnostic manual but, it is not considered a mental disorder either.

The current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) now includes a section for behavioral addictions; however, includes only one such disorder: pathological gambling, or gambling addiction (also compulsive gambling). Also as it stands right now, there is only one other behavioral addiction proposed for further study in the DSM-5, and that is internet gaming disorder. Due to a lack of research, porn addiction is not currently being considered an addition to this ‘behavioral addiction’ section of the manual.

Pornography Addiction: XXX Edition

Although not recognized as a real disorder at the time of this writing, there are many people out there who would argue that viewing porn can – and does – become an addiction for some.

Let’s break down what we understand about porn addiction.

Identifying an porn addict

Again, although not recognized in the DSM-5, therapists are beginning to take the condition seriously when it comes to their practices. Further, it can be argued that porn addiction is as real as any other in that the same criteria used for determining whether someone is addicted to porn are much the same as the ones used to identify other addictions. These criteria mainly revolve around the dependence on the behavior or substance (in this case, pornography) at the expense of other aspects of life.

For instance, if your viewing, reading, or thinking about pornography is negatively impacting your life, interfering with your work, your personal relationships, your family life, and/or your social interactions, it has become a problem.

Some porn addicts can’t perform sexually without the stimulation of pornography and often build a up a tolerance, similarly to that which occurs with drug addiction. Porn addiction may be a part of a more extensive sex addiction.

Five Stages of Porn Addiction

  1. Early exposure

Most people who become addicted to porn have been exposed to it at an early age. They see the stuff when they are very young, making an impression. This can be the beginning of certain obsessions and fetishes.

  1. Escalation

After a while, you start to look for more and more graphic porn. You start using porn that would have disgusted you when you started. Now, it’s something that excites you.

  1. Desensitization

Eventually, you become numb. Even the most graphic, degrading porn doesn’t excite you anymore. You become desperate to feel the same thrill again but can’t find it. Again, this is similar to drug addiction in that you are chasing that ‘high’ you used to get earlier on in your porn use.

  1. Acting out sexually

At this point, you might make the dangerous leap to start acting out sexually on your specific fantasies. Basically, at this point, your sexual obsessions have moved from porn magazines and porn web sites out into the real world.

5. Addiction

This is basically been developing all along. But now, you’re experiencing full-blown porn addiction.  You keep going back to porn; it’s the only thing that gets you off. Porn becomes a regular part of your life. You’re hooked. You don’t feel like you can quit.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug addiction or a behavioral addiction, help is available. Many times, people with a history of addiction replace their previous addictions with other obsessions. This is common. But help is available in the form of specialized treatment designed to address the underlying issues of an addiction, or multiple addictions. Please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

Best Addiction Documentaries on Amazon Instant Video

Best Addiction Documentaries on Amazon Instant Video

Documentaries, in general, can be a good way to educate yourself on any given topic. They can be more impactful because there are images and a soundtrack to go along with the information. If you are interested in learning about the issue of drug addiction, in particular, some of the best addiction documentaries on amazon instant video can introduce you to the culture, politics, social, and personal toll that the disease of addiction can take.

 

Best Addiction Documentaries on Amazon Instant Video

American Addict

NR, 4.6 out of 5 stars

Larger-than-life personalities as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger, and Philip Seymour Hoffman all fell victim to drug addiction but not just illicit drugs, over-the-counter drug addiction was also to blame. Did you know that Americans consume 80% of prescription narcotics for the entire world? This documentary reveals the impact of our pill-popping culture and exposes the blatant hypocrisy of the drug market by discussing the dirty, underhanded tactics of Big Pharma.

Runtime:

1 hour 31 minutes

 Best Addiction Documentaries on Amazon Instant Video

Lipstick & Liquor

NR, 3.8 out of 5 stars

A growing number of women are abusing alcohol and becoming alcohol dependent. Excessive alcohol use is the third leading cause of preventable death among women between the ages of 35 and 55.

This documentary shows the covert world of suburban women who’ve turned to the hobby of drinking in order to deal with hum-drum life of the suburbs. The film was inspired by the story of Diane Schuler, who made headlines in 2009 after she killed eight people (several of which were children) and herself by driving the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in Westchester County, New York. An empty bottle of vodka was found at the scene and toxicology reports later revealed that the suburban wife and mother had both alcohol and THC in her system. Despite the evidence, her family remained clueless – in denial – to her substance abuse. Filmmaker Butterfield wondered what the driving force behind this hidden problem could be, leading her to make Lipstick & Liquor.  How could such a secret stay hidden so long? That’s what compelled filmmaker to dive into the topic. Lipstick & Liquor explores the secret in the suburbs.

Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes

 Best Addiction Documentaries on Amazon Instant Video

Drug Addiction – The Consequences

NR, 1.0 out of 5 stars

Teens and adults describe how their lives were ruined because of drug dependency and addiction. Watch as they take you through the downward spirals their lives took after continued use of illicit substances, the effect it took on their families, how they turned to a life of crime in order to support their habit and how, in some cases, it caused their homelessness.

Runtime: 16 minutes

 Best Addiction Documentaries on Amazon Instant Video

Freedom from Addiction

NR, not yet reviewed

This film is an award-winning documentary about people who are in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Their heartfelt testimonies captured on film reveal the resilience of the human spirit across all social strata. The stories shared in this film leave the viewer with an uplifting message of hope.

Run time: 58 minutes

Best Addiction Documentaries on Amazon Instant Video                       

Bob and the Monster

NR, 4.5 out of 5 stars

This is an award winning documentary that details the life of indie-rock legend Bob Forrest, from his early struggles with the life-threatening disease of addiction to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the country. The film uses a mixture of contemporary footage, compelling interviews, and historical musical performances that show the many layers of the human experience. Bob is a once-troubled soul with a passionate, hopeful message.

Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes

 Best Addiction Documentaries on Amazon Instant Video

Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja

R, 4.2 out of 5 stars

This documentary paints the vivid portrait of Miami’s pot smuggling culture of ’70s and ’80s Miam and its major players: the Black Tuna Gang smugglers, the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church pot dealers and the small fishing village of Everglades City. This film reveals the stark contrast of the Miami marijuana scene with that of the brazenly violent cocaine players of Miami in the 80s, as detailed in another excellent documentary, Cocaine Cowboys.

Pornography, Confronting the Addiction

Pornography, Confronting the Addiction

NR, 4.3 out of 5 stars

Using real-life interviews and dramatic illustrations (family-friendly), the very real struggle with porn addiction is depicted. The film shows what the first steps to recovery from this type of addiction entail and how people who once struggled have been able to renew their self-confidence.

Runtime: 35 minutes

 The Secret World of Recovery

The Secret World of Recovery                     

4.2 out of 5 stars

USA Today and NY Times bestselling novelist/journalist, Leslie Glass, and her daughter, Lindsey, a columnist/screenwriter travel cross-country to report what life after surrendering is like. The two women also reveal some of their own story along the way. This film documents the hope and is the first of its kind, revealing the facts of life on the flip side of addiction: recovery, and show just what it takes for families to heal.

Runtime: 38 minutes

Checking out the best addiction documentaries on amazon instant video can be one source for getting information on what addiction looks like: how it affects the individual and their loved ones. If you are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, or you have a loved who struggles, you can call us toll-free at 1-800-951-6135 around the clock and speak with an Addiction Specialist to find out more information. Addiction can be treated and help is available.

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