Let me start with my pmo history. I started looking at porn at the age of ten then started masturbating at the age of 12. Continued this pattern until my clean break in March of this year. I’m 25 so that makes 15 years total of porn addiction.
I looked at porn and masturbated everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. Looking back, I can see where it definitely affected my social well being. I was always socially awkward and never held down a serious relationship. Throw in on top of my pmo addiction, the fact that I also struggled with a drug and alcohol addiction. I started using around the age of 16, and by 18 I was a pretty hardcore addict. If you put it in front of me, it was either up my nose or in a vein immediately. This pattern continued until I was 22 which is when my life changed forever.
Let me transition to chapter 2 by pasting my story which I recently shared with a online support group.
My name is Steven Myers. On August the 13th of 2012 I was involved in a car accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury. My brother Aaron, who was driving the car, did not survive. After being airlifted to the hospital I was put into a medically induced coma and came out of it about two weeks later. The doctors did not expect me to survive but I miraculously did. When I was stable enough, I was flown to Atlanta to undergo therapy at the Shepherd Center. Upon arriving at the Shepherd Center I could not sit up in my bed, but after 3 months of intense therapy I left walking with no assistance. I’ve been able to get back into hiking which is something I loved to do before the accident. I’ve also started back to college and recently returned to driving. I’ve been blessed along the way to have great support from my family and friends. It’s been a long and hard journey but I try to keep a positive attitude. I refuse to settle, and will continue working toward my recovery for the rest of my life.
Here is an article that highlights my journey (page 28):
Long story short, the car accident had a funny thing of putting things into perspective. I’m now almost 3 years clean and sober, and yesterday was day 120 of no pmo. My desire to use drugs and alcohol is completely gone and I can pretty much say the same about porn. My traumatic brain injury made my wd symptoms pretty hard to deal with but it’s getting easier every day. Even through my brothers death, he continues to give me strength to be a better person. Knowing I have other guys that share my same struggle really helps me. So thank yall for being there, and I hope my story inspires someone. That’s my one hope!
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