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No, or, at least, there is no evidence that it does. The first problem with this is the source - obviously a site like "purityispossible.com" is going to have a moral agenda, and is going to be decidedly anti-pornography. As such, we would certainly, while not dismissing the possibility, ask that they offer research to back up their claims. The next ...


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Yes, the claims are approximately true. From a 1976 study: Two stages of Vietnam drug use are identified-a period of increasing marijuana use followed by the 1970 influx of highly potent heroin to which 1/5 of the enlisted troops were addicted at some time during their tour. ... Since 95% of those who were addicted to narcotics in Vietnam have not become ...


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The first part of the statement is probably true. The second part is highly misleading. What the actual paper of the time shows is that 5% of former addicts became re-addicted (basically meaning daily use) in the first year, but the number increased to around 10% in two years, and to 12.5% in three years. Furthermore, if we consider relapse as reuse rather ...


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The European Food Safety Authority investigated the health impact of casomorphins in their report "Review of the potential health impact of β-casomorphins and related peptides". β-casomorphins can act on opioid receptors, but their effect is much weaker than that of your own opioids or opioid drugs: Animal data clearly indicate that BCMs, including BCM7, ...


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Well, the answer is that there is no definitive answer to that, yet. As with many behavioral addictions, including sex addiction, that would be a broader category, pornography addiction is just now starting to be researched and understood. In order to give a clear view of how polarizing this topic is, I will bring two articles to this discussion. The first ...


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Have there been any studies/research which either confirms or rejects this statement? Apparently yes. The Effectiveness of Coerced Treatment for Drug-Abusing Offenders - Federal Probation, June 1998 (direct PDF download) In general, our review of 11 empirical studies of compulsory substance abuse treatment supports the use of the criminal justice ...


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Yes https://www.centeronaddiction.org/what-addiction/addiction-disease Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. ...


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In short, Partially. This appears to be referencing the famous Rat Park addiction experiments. Prior to this study, the scientific evidence matched pretty much what is still commonly believed, that certain drugs are addicting and anyone can become addicted and will have a hard time stopping because of chemical/biological dependencies. Rat Park tried to ...


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It's time to give an answer that is updated for 2018 (make that 2020): The 2020 Cochrane Review of Alcoholics Anonymous shows a small but significant increase in full abstinence from alcohol using well-run (“manualized”) treatments which get patients in the rooms of AA compared to other treatments: 42% success rate for go-to-AA treatment, compared to a 35% ...


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Yes, it surely does. The more accurate term for this would be the downregulation of dopamine receptors. It might not be as extreme as, for instance, cocaine addiction, but watching porn does affect the brain. In fact, many drugs hijack the same reward circuits that were evolved for reproduction, that's why they are so addictive: The human brain is ...


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Some recent research not highlighted in the accepted answer backs it up even more, quoting a popsci summary of if: In research invited for submission to the journal Socioaffective Neuroscience of Psychology, authors Steele, Staley, Fong and Prause used EEG testing to examine the effects of visual erotica, on the brains of people who felt they had problems ...


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Let's sidestep the primary question of whether addiction is a disease, and ask whether addiction may be cured by medicine. Can addiction be cured by medicine? The University of Penn Health system says: Can Addiction Be Cured? Can diabetes be cured? No. It can be managed successfully with proper treatment. But treatment is lifelong. It's chronic,...


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