Overcoming an Addiction

Help and Support for Individuals

Getting Help

Pornography use thrives in secrecy. To overcome one's use of pornography or involvement with other immoral behaviors, one should discuss these problems openly with appropriate priesthood leaders. Here are some suggestions that may help.

  1. Disrupt the Cycle of Pornography Use
    When attempting to overcome pornography use, find something to take its place; otherwise, one may be tempted to engage in other unacceptable behaviors to fill the void.
  2. Control Thoughts
    The First Presidency issued this statement: “We remind you of scriptures that make clear the relationship between one’s thoughts and actions (see Matthew 15:19; Mosiah 4:29–30; Alma 12:14; 3 Nephi 12:28; D&C; 121:45)." As thoughts are kept clean and pure, the temptation to view pornography will decrease. Any desire to use will diminish.
  3. Stop Rationalizing
    Replace rationalizations with true statements such as “I know that I am hurting myself, my spouse, my family, my relationship with the Lord and His Church, and my spiritual well-being every time I choose to indulge in pornography.”
  4. Study and Apply Gospel Principles
    A deeper understanding of gospel principles will help to overcome the use of pornography. Important topics to study include faith in Jesus Christ, the Atonement, repentance, and forgiveness.
  5. Fully Disclose the Problem
    Be completely honest and open when discussing pornography use with your bishop. A forthright confession will help the bishop understand the extent and seriousness of the problem and how he can best help.

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President Gordon B. Hinckley

President Gordon B. Hinckley asks pornography users to seek help from the Lord, the bishop, and, if necessary, caring professionals (see also Ensign, November 2004, 59–62).

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