withdrawal stages duration?

Discussion in 'Rebooting - Porn Addiction Recovery' started by headon.collision, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. headon.collision

    headon.collision Fapstronaut

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    I know everyone is different, but what I understand, repoot stages are as following
    hyper-arousal -----------------> flatout(if I remember) ------------------> normal arousal.
    I`ve never left hyper arousal stage, so I don`t know how the flat stage actually feels.
    my question is how long does each stage last, I know it`s variable, but I`m mostly concerned about hyper-arousal since its the toughest for me, been hearing that flatting is pretty bad in terms its the stage where ur dopamine is at it`s lowest and your dopa receptors are being down regulated to it`s normal levels. and ur weewee shirnks to no existance which is fine for me.
    so from experience how long does each of this stages last?
    do u start feeling different after 1 -2 months?
    I`m doing full abstinence from anything and everything that may arouse me, so not even kissing in movies and I`m exclusively playing games that has zero female characters and had zero sexual stuff even minor. so I`m sure this will accelerate the process of recovery a bit. I work in healthcare so I`m familiar with addiction recovery in general, so this may aid me a bit in resetting my brain chemistry :)
     
  2. Aryan

    Aryan Fapstronaut

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    To be very honest you have to be self conscious all the time.But the good news is it gets easier as the time progress.For me at initial days small triggers turned into mountain.If anyone said "All boys want one thing",I would relapse to that.And after countless promises one day I asked myself where am I going.18 months earlier I was in the same place I was then.So I decided to put it to an end.
    You are refraining from any potential triggers that is very good.I do get urges but some days I have no time to think about fap(or Nofap).And all those triggers that were big for me are falling apart but I try to keep myself far from those as much as possible.
     
  3. waltz#1

    waltz#1 Fapstronaut

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    That's a good question and one I hope to answer as time goes on. I noticed my flatline came after about 2 weeks in my last go around. In my opinion, it's the worst part. I felt depressed, unmotivated and, as you mentioned, no sex drive to speak of. It made it easier not to fap, but I ended up feeling so crummy and it just happened to be a stressful stage in my life, so I went back to P just to get the rush back. Obviously, I felt worse after. So, in other words, I've never made it past the flatline phase. I will let you know as soon as I know! Stay strong brother!
     
  4. crushurcravings

    crushurcravings Fapstronaut

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    Hi headon.collision.

    The first stage of hyper arousal (due to cravings+addiction rather than real libido) usually lasts up to 2 weeks for most people. Personally I was in hyper arousal state for the first 9-10 days if I remember correctly.

    The middle stage is commonly referred to as 'Flatline' stage. It can be a very disconcerting experience and may last several months/year(s). I've been rebooting for > 3 months more or less successfully and I still consider myself to be in the flatline stage.
     
  5. headon.collision

    headon.collision Fapstronaut

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    yup, especially while watching youtube videos and such, things pull u in and the next thing u know ur starting to edge urself over ur cloths.
    thankfully for the past 2 years I`ve been only using the Ipad for erotic viewing. ( for somereason something breaks in my pc whenever I use to view p) and since I`m a pc gamer and love hardware I stopped doint it on Pc so even if I`m sitting in front of the pc for hours and bored I won`t go into any erotic stuff. and the ipad is now off the bedroom completely.
     
  6. headon.collision

    headon.collision Fapstronaut

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    months or years!! thats alot, I`m only close to 1 week in and the good feeling I felt before of zero anxiety is starting to come back. I also started enjoying small stuff in life.
     
  7. headon.collision

    headon.collision Fapstronaut

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    I know me to!! I think thats why I relapsed as well I was never able to go past the 20-ish of days probably due to flatline, but this time feels different, we`re close in terms of days, good luck in ur journey as well, we can become APs if u want here is my journal
    http://www.nofap.com/forum/showthread.php?31757-process-of-liberation-headon-updates-here
     

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