Pornography: The First Morning in the Psych Ward, I Laid in Bed Thinking about My Failed Suicide Attempt. My Family Gave Me Hope!

Things-Shared-By-Happy-People-e1324345715743What fantasies on porn sites attracted me the most?  How exciting were they to view?  What one site surprised me the most?  Sexual addiction was an emotional depression of my spirit.  I lost touched with my core feelings.  I was losing touch with my family.

This year, I will turn 63 years old.  However, 18 months ago, I tried to kill myself.

The Third Step in the twelve step program discusses surrendering to the Higher Power of the universe as we are aware of His power.  In November of 2013, I surrendered my will over to God.  However, before I did, I had to learn a few things about myself.

After another bout with online pornography, I attempted suicide.  My wife and granddaughter found me on the bedroom floor.  I ended up in ICU and then the psych ward. While I was in the psychiatric ward, I told my story to the psychiatrist, nurses, mental health professions, and my wife.  I also talked to God.

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I discovered that I had spent my entire life in denial.  I was sexually addicted but was not being honest with myself.  I had not been honest with anyone—God, myself, my family, or friends.  Throughout the years, my sexual escapades grew worse and worse. Because there was a time lapse between each incident, I thought I was not so bad.  However, I did things that had severe consequences.

I have made huge improvements.  In 18 months, I have had only three slips, probably, only 60 to 120 seconds each.  When I clicked onto a site, I realized the foolishness of doing what I was doing and immediately closed the site.

The next six months, I look forward to a porn free life.  The “surrender step” is life, and hope comes from surrendering to my Higher Power, Jesus Christ.  I cannot do it on my own.  I need His Spirit to Comfort and Guide Me.



Dale Criswell

P. S. I am almost at my 6 month mark of being free of porn.

Published by: curepornaddiction

In the year 1971 I became a store manager at age 19. I discovered I had a gift for mentoring. I gave one on one coaching, instruction and teaching with ease. And, I loved it. However, I had a problem that held me back from achieving my full potential. I was addicted to porn. When I was going through my puberty years in life, I found pornography (adult magazines) in my Dad's closet. I was hooked. I had my ups and downs throughout my life: Ups, when I was off of porn and using my gift: and, Downs, when I was using porn. Porn captured my attention, holding me back. I found the secrets to breaking free from porn. Like anyone else, I have to work at keeping my emotions positive, every day, to stay free. Limiting emotions--fear, doubt, hate, lust, sloth, pride, any emotion that kills joy. Joy is the ultimate weapon against porn. You have it; porn loses its hold on you. I dedicate this blog to those who are looking for ways to end pornography in their life. To Your Peace, Power and Plenty, Dale P.S. The picture above is not me. The photo represents all families free from pornography.

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5 thoughts on “Pornography: The First Morning in the Psych Ward, I Laid in Bed Thinking about My Failed Suicide Attempt. My Family Gave Me Hope!”

  1. Oh how I would love to hear those words come from my husbands mouth. I believe he is a sex addict ( he has never acknowlged this) -and one of the causes of his infidelity. KUDOS TO YOU FOR ABILITY TO SEE WITHIN YOURSELF AND ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT YOUR UNFORTUNITE SITUATION. You show great courage!

    1. Thank you, chely5150. When I attended a sex addiction anonymous (SAA) meeting, each person in the group said, “Hello, my name is ________, and I am a sex addict.” I did not like having to say it when I introduced myself. However, hearing everyone’s stories, I was ashamed for my feelings. I was worse than most of the people in the room. However, I have been clean for the last 8 months with just one slip; yet, that was way too much. Thanks again, chely5150. Your comments encouraged me.

      1. It is never easy to admit that one has chinks in their personality, let alone take the steps to make improvements so I believe when I see someone doing just that it deserves to be acknowledged. And that’s what I felt about your writing. I know I struggle with things in my life and hope I have enough courage to keep working on mine. You keep up the good work ( no pun intended). Chely

  2. Congratulations! You’re doing so well – your story is inspirational to those of us who suffer with Hypersexuality 😊

    1. Thank you, Brightonpolar.
      I’ve had my extreme ups an devastating downs.
      Having extreme lows led me into pornography for medicated purposes.
      Now, I see a psychiatrist to moderate my mood changes.
      Life has been better for me.

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