Dopamine Fasting Group -- Proposal

Discussion in 'Pornography Addiction' started by Clarkmr, Dec 4, 2018 at 4:35 PM.

  1. Clarkmr

    Clarkmr Member

    Hello friends!


    I recently completed a 90-day HARD mode challenge. It was difficult, frustrating, and rewarding.


    I've been brewing on a concept for a few weeks now. The idea of dopamine fasting came to me from someone else --- what if, once a month, once a week, once a year, I cut myself off from all distractions. From everything that triggers unnecessary dopamine release. Food, coffee, sex, porn, masturbation, phones, music, exercise, reading, socializing, and really anything fun.

    What's allowed? A pencil, and paper. So that we can spend the time we've now created for ourselves to reflect, analyze, and meditate. To Reset, rest, and recharge.


    I've heard through the inter webs that this process is amazingly helpful on a spiritual level, and I"m going to attempt one soon. I know this will be a walk in the park compared to achieving 500 days of porn sobriety.


    I think it would be awesome if a bunch of us got together, pledged to do the dopamine fast on the asme day, and then returned the following day to report our experiences and share some of the stuff we journaled.


    Anyone interested?
     
  2. jack91

    jack91 Find your way throuh Staff Member

    Im doing that almost all the time. i live without phone in permanent basis and i have found it immensely helpful! Leaving music is sort of extreme. I could do it if id find right settings, people around me e t c. Going to live somewhere spiritual. Would be utterly blissful . But as always its up to find right people around me! if you just wait and do not listen music at your home alone you can have most boring day!
     
  3. WilliamOneAndDone

    WilliamOneAndDone Active Member

    On July 18, 2014 I posted an entry with the following title at Nofap: One year clean. 365 days. No relapses. No Porn. No PMO. No MO. Clear. One and done. Goodbye. Anyone can look it up. I posted as William, on the thread named :Get Educated, Get Tools, and Learn to Love Withdrawals.

    That was over 5 years ago. Non addicts will never understand the way an addict, recovering addict, or, as I like to consider myself, a recovered, cured, no longer addicted, ex addict, thinks. Thinking about the addiction A LOT, its underlying root causes, the neuroscience behind it, has led me down rabbit holes I never would have found myself going into prior to getting clean. I know A LOT more about neuropsychology now than before I had that horribly stunning moment of self awareness and declared myself to be addicted to viewing porn. That 5 years is day and night when it comes to the science, and the next 100 years would probably be mind blowing, if we could see it. Science, and not always for good reasons, is understanding how motivational and reward neurotransmitters that occur naturally in the brain, and in nature encourage behavior that is perfectly healthy, can be manipulated by artificial super stimulation. Some of the cutting edge of that research is the porn industry. I know, you are like WTF, what are you talking about? I am talking about the porn industry, the multibillion dollar porn industry, figuring out new ways to give their viewers dopamine highs, so as to keep them hooked and make money. I don't know how many categories the first porn tube had; maybe just "straight" and "gay," but now, 10-15 years after they came into existence, they have hundreds of categories, and they will be making more. Due to desensitization porn watchers get bored with whatever category they initially find interesting (meaning gives them a dopamine rush), and they go looking for something that usually has some element of shock value and or aggression to it. That is why a lot of the newer produced porn has an element of shock value and aggression to is; people who have desensitized to whatever they were watching before need that new category just to keep getting their dopamine high.

    But along the way, I have come to understand that dopamine is not the enemy, it is not only a good thing, it is a necessary thing to enjoy life. It is just that for people who have this problem, we have to find ways to enjoy life without artificial sexual stimulation, and we have to learn to live with much softer, and far fewer, dopamine rushes.

    Anyway, @Clarkmr , if you want to do a challenge, I'll walk it with you. Did your hard 90 with you. I don't know how to do a dopamine fast, but I will give it a shot if you calling for volunteers.

    Much love.

    Will I AM
     
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  4. Clarkmr

    Clarkmr Member

    I couldn't agree more! This is DEFINITELY not about thinking dopamine as the enemy, or subjecting one's self to useless torture. It's about creating the silence to think, reflect, and delve deep , while also giving our brains a rest from stimulation of all types. I'm not going to be super hardcore about this. Maybe once a month ill take a Sunday and truly REST. completely rest my brain, my eyes, my heart, and just write and pray. I think it could be a really fantastic tool here for those who are still struggling.
     
  5. WilliamOneAndDone

    WilliamOneAndDone Active Member

    It is funny, and strange, and weird, how taking the cure opens one's minds to the possibilities, the excellent possibilities, the alternate possibilities, of living an unaddicted life. Being addicted TOTALLY SUCKS. Becoming unaddicted forced me to see life in a radically, and, frankly, completely better way.

    If you are reading this, and are addicted....tear off the bandage and WAKE UP. You won't like that cold water when you are first submerged, cold water being sobriety, but once you get used to it, once you master it, you become the predator, and the world becomes the prey, in a totally benign way.
     

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