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Is Porn Addiction Real? Interview with Dr. Peter Kleponis

Last Updated: January 14, 2015

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

On October 31, 2014, as part of the national White Ribbons Against Pornography campaign, I had a pleasure of interviewing Dr. Peter Kleponis to talk to him about the controversial question: Is porn addiction real? Is it right to call pornography “addictive”? Is it right to call someone a “porn addict”?

Interview Notes

0:13 – Introducing Dr. Kleponis

2:20 – Have there been any studies done that show that porn has similar impacts on our bodies and brains as drugs do?

5:01 – How does “Internet addiction” play into our understanding of porn addiction?

9:22 – Dr. David Ley says the theory of porn addiction is based on weak “valley girl science.” Proponents of the porn addiction model only say porn addiction is “like” cocaine addiction, but they fail to say all the ways it is dissimilar. How would you respond to this?

14:05 – Is “porn addiction” a label of utility in our treatments?

15:38 – What do we mean when we say that the brain’s “impulse control” centers are impacted by pornography?

18:46 – If porn addiction is real, why isn’t it included in the newest edition of the DSM?

21:58 – Some say porn can’t be an addiction because it is naturally neurologically rewarding. How would you respond to that?

24:36 – Are there times when the “addict” label is unhelpful?

26:18 – Is the “addiction” label just a tool in the hands of those who are morally or religiously opposed to pornography?

28:53 – What are the necessary steps someone needs to take to break free from pornography addiction?

31:29 – How do we do accountability in a way that doesn’t amplify shame?

35:52 – Dr. Kleponis introduces Integrity Restored

43:53 – Dr. Kleponis’ list of helpful resources

Dr. Peter Kleponis

Dr. Kleponis is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and Assistant Director of Comprehensive Counseling Services in Conshohocken, PA. He holds an M.A. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA and a Ph.D. in General Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN, and is Certified in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addictions. He specializes in marriage and family therapy, pastoral counseling, resolving anger, men’s issues, and pornography addiction recovery.  He is the author of Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography.

Dr. Kleponis resides in Phoenixville, PA with his wife, Maria, and their sons, John John and Matthew.

  • Comments on: Is Porn Addiction Real? Interview with Dr. Peter Kleponis
    1. Sherry on

      Shelly Lueben, former porn star has a ministry that is educating people, the truth behind the industry. The Pink Cross Foundation. The truth will set the captives free.

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