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Joshua Shea talks about his porn addiction, experiences with it, and how he triumphantly recovered from it. From his youth until the present, Joshua shares his learning's on what elements may contribute to the rise of this behavior, its effects on his mental well being, and the importance of staying on your medication. He also breaks down on what misconceptions people have when dealing with it, and his opinions on how we should deal with this issue moving forward on an educational level. By the end of this episode, you will learn what porn addiction is, how to identify if you manifest this behavior, have empathy for people that are involved in it, and what to do if you or someone you know has this problem. There aren’t a lot of people talking about this, so we hope you stay tuned! ~ About Joshua Shea: Joshua Shea is a father of two great kids and husband to a wonderful wife and a menagerie of cats and dogs. He lives in Central Maine, where he was born and raised. Today, he works as an author and speaker/presenter sharing his story and educating about addiction. His books about addiction can be found on his home page. He believes if we can begin to talk more about porn addiction and mental health, others may be able to address their addictions before they devolve to the unhealthy and criminal places where his hit rock bottom. This has not always been his story. For years, on the outside, people saw him as a successful magazine publisher, film festival founder and city councilor. He hid his mental health issues, pornography and alcohol addictions from the world. The end came in 2013 when he engaged a teen girl in an online chatroom, for which he later served six months in jail. That was the wake up call he needed and thankfully his Higher Power gave him the strength to fix a very broken person. Like most in recovery, he probably understands the issues better than the non-addict, but please don’t misinterpret his stories, experiences, thoughts and opinions as any definitive answers. Does he consider himself a pornography addiction expert? At this point, yes. Unfortunately, it’s not hard to be a pornography addiction expert these days. He believes what makes him a porn addiction expert is that he has so much third hand knowledge from research and meeting so many porn addicts, but he also has his personal experiences. ~ You can find Joshua Shea on...
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