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Local therapist combats online pornography

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The World Wide Web is home to the worldwide addiction no one wants to talk about - pornography.

Sexual addiction is the top abuse problem in the world, and 25 percent of all web searches are for porn.

"It's accessible, it's anonymous, it's affordable and it's aggressive," said licensed marriage and family therapist Ryan Wynder. 

Exposure to online pornography is almost unavoidable in today's technology age.

Wynder, who specializes in addiction at his Las Vegas practice, has seen porn lead to broken marriages, lost jobs, soliciting prostitutes and even giving sexually transmitted diseases to spouses.

Excessive viewing actually becomes a chemical addiction, according to Wynder.

"Vasopressin is a chemical that is a bonding chemical, just like a mom releases that chemical with her child," he said. 

Wynder blames shame as the biggest reason addicts don't seek help, but offers a solution with a website he created called overcomepornography.com.

"They have that comfort of doing it (at home). They don't have to be exposed to the shame of admitting the problem, but they do have all the information and everything they need," said Wynder.

The therapist encourages attending a 12-step program, but the website could begin the discussion to changing the trend.

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