Hey J Riv,
Appreciate the response, bud. Self recognition is the first step to any change, mate. Don’t stress too much about it.
My method of working to get rid of it (over a year clean now) was to find alternative methods to process my energy.
I diverted my urge to indulge in pornography (as a form of visual gratification) towards focusing on human interactions and engaging in challenges that would invigorate my mind; once you find something you can exert your energy on, you’ll find your mind can relax alot more and doesn’t need the constant dopamine fix that porn provides.
In my case, and this is truly personal (your outlet can be something else), it was to focus on boxing and learning Jiu Jitsu; I also started to learn transcendental meditation (I understand how this all sounds stereotypical), but once you do all these things — you basically train your brain to not even think of pornography.
My advice is not to try and actively resist, because then it just becomes alot difficult and challenging; as a result you’re constantly thinking about not doing it and staying away from it — instead find a distraction, a positive one, which works for you and can help lead your mind towards a more relaxed wellbeing.
I hope that helps.
Thank you for reading.