I just saw on a TV show about addiction today, one man identified addiction as a pathological relationship with a drug. Actually I don't know if he said that, I tuned him out after he mentioned "pathos". I read on Wikipedia a long time ago that sex addiction, or maybe it was some other kind of addiction, is definied as having a pathological relationship with the drug. This is going somewhere. He said that pathos meant deep relationship, or deep empathy. This is how I feel about Internet porn. I have a deep, empathic, unhealthy relationship with Internet porn, particularly with particular themes or Web sites or subjects that come to mind. Now, my question is, does anyone else here find Internet porn highly, highly emotional? Like being about real despair, or real hate or real, sacrificial love? Because I think it's these intense emotions that bind me to porn when the internal degradation to my brain that causes the addiction isn't activated. I feel like I am caught in something a bit like a spider-web with all this, with the emotions of the people, some of whom seem to be having, or are at least pretending to be having, the emotions I'm talking about here. I think I need to detach and un-web from this relationship for me to replace it and say good-bye, and then have the courage, commitment and willingness to quit. ---- This TV show also said that old-style addiction-quitting counselling was intense and all about ego-destroying. And then he said that that was proven to be not effective! This intense ego-destroying stuff makes me think of the Alcoholics Anonymous way, which I had been trying for like a decade, and it hadn't really worked for me at all, either. So I think I will give up on trying to practice the Twelve Steps (I completed Step One anyway) and just quit Internet porn in the sensible, straight-forward manner taught on Your Brain on Porn and this forum. This is a big deal to me, I'm really glad I caught that show today, which happened to be a repeat. I can probably tell someone the name of the show if they want, but it's probably only available in Canada.