By Floyd Godfrey, LPC, CSAT candidate
Family Strategies Counseling Center
The plague of pornography has swept across the globe, and those who produce pornography are targeting youth. They have found ways to deceive and even tap into natural curiosity, to eventually entrap good Christian youth.
Pornography addiction in Mesa Arizona has skyrocketed, and its impact has been felt within many Christian congregations. One study estimated that of adult men, about 50% within the church may be struggling with pornography addiction. Even more disconcerting, is that the current wave estimates the majority of users are between the age of twelve and seventeen. Similarly, 93% of all boys and 62% of all girls have been exposed to online porn before the age eighteen. These trends are dangerous to our society.
Christian youth who struggle with pornography addiction report painful consequences, although these often occur gradually over time. It distracts them socially and they have a harder time relating to peers. It changes their brain in ways that make it more difficult to emotionally connect. It generates a feeling of shame that disintegrates self-confidence. It changes their natural curiosity and imposes images into their minds that were never conceived previously. Sometimes it impacts their grades, sports performance, family relations, and more.
What most Christian youth don’t realize is that the world of pornography is filled with drugs, abuse, and rape. I remember working with a young nineteen year old man who left the porn industry, and found it to be similar to a mafia culture. Our society is creating an unrestrained, dangerous sexual environment. But youth who are struggling with pornography addiction can find help.
The biggest challenge will be to come out of isolation. This is the first most critical step in recovery. Pornography addiction can be an embarrassing topic to discuss for a young adult whose own sexuality is just budding. However, the youth who are most successful in escaping this compulsive behavior will be those who seek spiritual guidance, ask for professional help, and develop a strong support network.
If you are a Christian youth struggling with pornography addiction in Mesa Arizona, call us for a free 15-minute consultation with a therapist who specializes in teen pornography addiction. We can help: (480) 668-8301.
 “How Many Porn Addicts Are in Your Church,” by Mike Genung, June 17, 2005.
 Presentation by Clay Olson, 2013, Arizona Coalition Against Pornography, “Fight the New Drug."
 “Teens and Porn: Ten Stats You Need to Know,” by L August 19, 2010, Covenant Eyes.
 “Get the Facts – Porn Harms in Three Ways,” by Clay Olson, Fight the New Drug.