How Long Does It Take for a Brain to Heal from Pornography

In this post, I am going to answer a common question about NoFap: How long does it take a brain to heal from chronically watching pornography?

And I’ll also give you 3 simple tips to do it more easily and quickly. In fact, I used these strategies to help dozens of clients and followers to rewire their brains.

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As a coach, I help people beat porn for good. I haven’t watched porn for years.

I feel so much better now. That place was hell. I never want to go back.

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Now I love, live, and respect life. I wish I knew this earlier.

And if you don’t want pornography to rob you of your potential, you’ll love this video. Without further ado, let’s start with tip 1.

TIP 1: See how addicted you are

So how long does it take to heal a brain from pornography?

Firstly, your time to recover depends on how addicted you are.

Many men don’t even realize this is happening to them.

I didn’t, for sure.

In the meantime, my relationship with my ex-wife deteriorated.

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And it gave me an excuse to keep replacing it with porn and masturbation again and again.

No one told me I had developed an addiction.

I became a sponge that always wanted to suck in more intense porn.

Some people start enjoying violence, fetishes, or even things that cross their moral boundaries.

And then they watch more of it per day and week.

That’s when the addiction becomes hardwired and dangerous.

So it depends on:

  • how long you’ve been watching porn
  • how often
  • how intense it is
  • how much you watch per session

These things will impact your time to recover from pornography addiction or sex addiction.

And now’s the time for tip 2.

TIP 2: Have the right strategy

Secondly, the time to heal your brain depends on having the right strategy.

I had watched pornography for about 15 years before I realized it was a problem.

I was coasting through life, unmotivated and unhappy.

I would come home to my 1-year-old son and have little energy or desire to play with him.

I wanted to start NoFap but I didn’t know how.

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And I didn’t know how long it would take a brain to heal after chronic pornography consumption and whether this would work for me.

But I started anyway and did my porn reboot by trial and error.

And I kept relapsing until I found the right solution.

So my advice to you is to have the right “No PMO” strategy in place.

Otherwise, you might waste months and years, relapsing and then restarting all over again.

And now let’s look at tip 3.

TIP 3: Deal with the root cause

Your rewiring time depends on whether you need pornography to escape some sort of pain.

The most common types of pain are:

  • unhappiness
  • boredom
  • loneliness

For me, those were unhappiness and boredom.

First, I was depressed because my dog had died tragically.

I loved that dog.

Second, I felt bored and burnt out in my business.

So I used porn as a pain reliever that was like an opiate to my brain.

And I would forget about the pain for some time.

But it was a band-aid that never dealt with the root cause.

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No matter how frequently I watched pornography, it didn’t resolve anything for the long term.

In fact, I was getting even more depressed, because of shame and guilt.

So I worked on those two root causes instead.

And I stopped craving porn.

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So do this to cut your rewiring time as well.

With that said, let’s answer our question.

ANSWER: How long does it take for a brain to heal from pornography?

So how does porn reboot happen and how long can it take?

With the right strategy in place, you can stop watching pornography within 30 days.

It’s completely doable as long as you replace the old, negative pattern with a new, positive one.

Do it consistently for a month, and you will feel differently.

Things will start changing in your brain quickly.

  1. You’re not hardwiring in that unhealthy pattern anymore.
  2. You’re hardwiring in a new, healthy pattern instead.
  3. Your dopamine receptors upregulate → your overall happiness with life goes up.
  4. You feel proud of living a good life.

That’s how you rewire your brain to quit porn once and for all.

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NoFap before vs after: my transformation

Before NoFap, I was an instinct-driven animal. I was prone to jerking off compulsively.

I would feel unhappy, lonely, or bored. And I would automatically reach out for you know what as my free dopamine fix.

After NoFap, I realized I didn’t want to behave like an animal. I began to value my consciousness much more.

I said to myself, “Maybe I will jerk off once in a while, but I will do it consciously. For a physical release that I feel my body craves”

And after that, I went NoFap forever. I realized that masturbation hurts my consciousness regardless of the reason.

There you go, my NoFap before vs after transformation.

Do I have PMO addiction?

Here are the symptoms of PMO addiction:

  1. You can’t control your urges to watch porn
  2. You watch porn excessively
  3. Porn steals your time and energy away from important relationships
  4. Porn makes you feel unmotivated

What is NoFap brain damage?

Brain damage comes with watching porn and excessive masturbation. NoFap is a self-care protocol that helps reverse that brain damage.

While on NoFap, you quit porn and jerking off. And your brain heals.

Can your brain recover from porn addiction?

Yes, our brain is incredibly plastic. The younger you are, the easier it is to stop watching porn and undo all the damage.

How to heal brain from porn addiction?

There are a lot of tools for stopping porn addiction. Let’s focus on three basic ones to get you started:

  1. Create a punishment for watching porn. For example, after watching porn, you get up immediately and clean your room. You punish yourself long enough and your brain will hate porn.
  2. Find your Life Purpose. You got addicted to porn because your brain wanted something to focus on. And you couldn’t provide it with anything better. Now it’s time to find your Life Purpose. This is the calling that gets you out of bed early. You focus on it passionately, and there’s no headspace for porn left.
  3. Be patient. When you watch porn, it makes you feel happy immediately. When you don’t watch porn, you don’t get the same hit of happiness. But what you feel is contentment with making the right choice. Now, that contentment doesn’t come quickly. You have to persevere until it kicks in.

How long does it take to break porn addiction?

When I was quitting porn, I got very good results after 30 days. I felt confident and content with NoFap.

With that momentum, it was easy to make it to Day 60. At that point, I started actually seeing porn for what it was: a total fake and a waste of time.

Should I count days on NoFap?

I took small steps in my NoFap transformation. I started with one day as my first NoFap goal.

It gave me a measurable target to focus on, reducing my anxiety. I also had something to look forward to, even though that something was a relapse.

When I hit my target, I also felt proud immediately. I felt I developed tiny momentum from that first streak.

Then I set two days as my next NoFap goal. The momentum I had made two days a little bit easier.

That’s how I went from one small goal to another, finally arriving at 8 years of NoFap.

With that said, many people are against this approach. They say counting days doesn’t work for them.

Instead, they adopt NoFap as a new lifestyle—something that they embrace instead of struggling with jerking off.

I recognize the lifestyle approach works for many. But not for me. I feel tempted to relapse when I have no end in sight.

I find counting, or tracking, very motivating and helpful. In the same way, I like to work in 25-minute periods. I focus just on the next 25 minutes, reducing my anxiety.

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80 thoughts on “How Long Does It Take for a Brain to Heal from Pornography”

  1. I did this but now it has gained his own consciousness and it’s using internet to name himself as Slaprity on online forums

  2. I am addicted to porn for 5 years, I really want to stop it, but I can’t every time I try I just end up doing it more. But I heard lately that it affects the brain badly so I decided to take a huge step and stop it once and for all. So how much till my mind take to recover and just to know do I need to have a doctor helping me to stop or not really necessarily, I heard because of the huge rise in dopamine due to watching porn it makes the addicted much happier, so when I will stop and I will(I hope) it will somehow end up with depression, so am I able to do that alone or not. Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Leonardo!
      I honor you for your willingness to work on this challenge.
      It usually takes about 30 days for the brain to rewire.
      Using any helps is good. Whether it’s a therapist, a coach, or just an understanding friend.
      Make sure to tell us how it goes.

  3. Aye man I been going though this too man and he’s right porn is the devil you got the devil in one ear and good in one ear the devil saying oh one more time won’t hurt or just a few minutes won’t but it has ruined my life my relationships how I see women now I am not even able to talk to anyone thinking there like judging me or some either every time I’d get a girl number withen minutes I’d get too attached meaning sence I was so into porn I’d be like aye your cute u send or some stupid shit i don’t know I can’t explain that’s all I thought about even when I tried not to bc that’s so wrong to think that I don’t know it ruined everything today is the day I stop I am telling u for all teens stop now bc if it gets worse u can end up child pornography and go to jail me as a teen still I almost did I been cought I am 17 now but once u turn 18 it’s legit how they catch ppl now they will literally phote shop anything to make it look real why I almost fell for it tell I know now us guys need to be smart we are men we lead we are not weak we need to stand up say today enough I bet u guys would not want to be someone bitch in prison anyway this guy right it ruins everything u have I am stopping no fap no porn everything whiten the best of my will god help me plz I am about to be a alpha male after I am done with this dam addiction I am over bye porn forever

  4. I’ve gone 34 days with no fap. Right now I touched the stage called “Flatline” and feel unmotivated towards anything. Is this normal?

  5. It depends on why you do it and if you have resolved the matter. Sometimes we don’t have enough selfreflection to understand where its coming from. Then its a good idea to see a therapist and also talk about your youth etc. And don’t forget to learn to do other fun stuff to replace. Make a bucketlist and just try everything you can think of. Big things (bungeejumping), easy things (making a pussle, following a painting tutorial). You can do it!!! Keep on going!

  6. Sometimes we don’t have enough selfreflection to understand where its coming from. Then its a good idea to see a therapist and also talk about your youth etc.

    And don’t forget to learn to do other fun stuff to replace. Make a bucketlist and just try everything you can think of. Big things (bungeejumping), easy things (making a pussle, following a painting tutorial).

    You can do it!!!

  7. I heard some are permanent damaged its jan 2022,im still going through the horrible withdrawal of brain fog.Lower back pain ,frequent urination,weight gain,pain in my testicals aka,death grip,headaches ,increased acne,weight gain,moodiness,lethargy,andenha,fatigue,man boobs,weight gain ,social isolation,spinal chord pain,memory and concetration issues ,depression,loss of gf ,semen in urine,less motavation to even do simple tasks ,hold a job,everything urks me,my mom isnt helping bc she nags at me from little things,which normally Wouldn’t bother me.Even taking a shower or cooking takes too much effort .

  8. Its 2022 im still in a dreaed flatlin e im thinking about doing deep tms therapy for depression ,it uses magenetic coils to help stimulate the prefrontel cortex ,left and right ,as reg.Tms therapy only targets certain areas and only goes 1cm deep tms goes deeper targeting both the left and right and the striatum ,thoughts please

  9. I’ve been doing porn since grade 8 and it’s a really dirty impact on my life. While assessing myself I noticed it was due to unhappiness, boredom, and loneliness. I’m currently in grade 9 and my mom had breast cancer since 2014 she passed away during the holidays. I think there’s no hope for me fucking escaping it, I’m just sick of it but I can’t stop. I researched on the internet and they said it was like crack, I never took drug in my life even when I was gave I ran from it I could never imagine that watching pornography and masturbating was a drug.

  10. My experience started 7 years ago , i started with masturbating only , but after the second year I unfortunately watched porn , i managed to stop porn and masturbating for a month now , but i feel so worried about my sexual health because I feel I don’t have any pleasure now with or without masturbating or watching porn , surly i feel better but i am so concerned that my brain is the problem , and so afraid that I can’t have a recovery or fee

  11. My time has come to say goodbye to porn.
    I have erectile issues. Thought for the longest time it was physical. Im convinced that its a mental state.
    All started with my divorce going very south. Now with every new girlfriend it has gotten worse. Im done feeling this way. I need help.

  12. I used sofyware to bloxk adult sites , hidden the password somewhere extremely fqraway so there is no way of changing the settings in the sofyware. It helped

  13. No stratgety,my brain refuses to heal,dont even want to celebrate my bday ,could care less ,ive wasted hundreds on supplemnts ,ltyrosine,shilijit,mucunea,ldopa plus several others,was told wellbutrin works on dopamine,very week.Seriously starting to panic and understand suicde,currently doing deep tms therpy ,its 44 treatments ,started in march.On ssi disabilty ,feel tired no energy .

  14. I spent many years viewing porn until all the big cases became public, like the MSU gymnastics Dr, Jared the Subway guy, and the former Yankee molesting HS girls. I thought is that who I was becoming. I certainly did not want that so I cut back and sometimes go long periods without and then suddenly a thought would pop into my head and I had to see. I stopped beating myself up and stopped trying harder. I turned to God and told him I needed his help. Finally the craving and binging stopped. I was am still single and realized that if I wanted a meaningful relationship there could not be any porn period. It has been several months now and it feels great not wasting time looking at the garbage.

  15. Stephen Carpenter

    I sure appreciate your comment it has helped me. Would you mind to email me personally at reachurworld@gmail.com i really need a friend. I’ve watched porn 7 times in 14 years and I want to stop . I need to I have to. I also have 3 young boys and a little girl and I don’t want them to do it. I need to be the father God wants me to be as well as the husband God wants me to be.

  16. Stephen Carpenter

    Thats great Jeff! I need a friend and a accountability partner. Would you be willing to help me? I’ve watched porn off and on 7 times in 14 years and I really want to do better and not go down that road again. My email is reachurworld@gmail.com

  17. Currently working doing a 30 day nofap, I’m curious if having regular intercourse would accidentally put you back at square 1? I already went through my reflection period, installed a porn blocker and currently avoiding ig girls and I’m actually talking to more women and I think my mind is ready to start dating again. I’m just worried if I have sex if it will trigger a relapse.

  18. Off topic here… but is that screenshot of the skull from the skull in the bowling ball from Mystery Men?

  19. I’ve been watching porn most of my life and frequent masterbation it’s been affecting me big time im 23 it seems I can only finish with porn, do you think it’s able to be cured?

    1. Thank you for asking!
      It will help for sure.
      To what extent—we cannot know.
      There might be an underlying medical condition after all.
      Good luck and let us know how it goes.

  20. My brain wont heal,its summer 2022,on disabilty,no motavation for anything,tried multiple sipplemnts,nero star tms,and brainsway deep tms therpy for depression prefrontel cortex,50 no job on disabilty ,fatigued,lethargic,frequent urination,dried semen etc,headache,lower back pain,destized junk,aka death grip.

  21. Apparently my brain is damaged permanent,almost 4th of july 2022,could give 2 shits,still no motavation for anything ,no job ,no gf,miss my xg ,i Haven’t seen any doc.Latley ,refuse to see any useless doc,bc they are cluless ,just as much like idiot david ley ,they think dopamine has nothing to do with it .Tms therpy i thought would help,but apparently not ,

    1. Thank you for sharing honestly, Todd
      When I felt depressed and unmotivated, I started pulling myself out with super small steps
      Small successes created confidence and willpower to go on

      Let me know how it goes

  22. I have been watching a lot for 3 months, I am 20 years old, I have lost interest in girls, if
    If I don’t watch for a long time, will everything be okay? I have to get married,

  23. I started watching porn at around 10yrs cos my uncle had some saved on his phone
    After some time I started watching it secretly
    I then stopped for like a year
    But lately, I cant resist it sometimes
    Pls give me some advice cos am still 13

  24. Is weight gain a withdrawl?I heard people can lose weight from this,ordering weight loss supplemnts ,im a supplemt junkie,i heard it took teery crews along time to recovery,the 90 day reboot is a lie,crews went to rehab in 2010 ,in 2016 he made sev.Videos on the topic,he def.Didnt fit the sterotype bc he is musclear and fit ,i guess it effects people diiferntly,some gain weight ,apparently wellbutrin is week on dopamine and weight loss

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