Hawks, a psychologist who deals with a variety of mental-health concerns, said addiction -- either to substances like drugs or alcohol, or to pornography -- have similar effects on the brain. And any meaningful recovery requires more than abstinence.
"Abstinence is not recovery. It means that the body is not doing the drug anymore, but you will miss the whole boat. You will have relapses," he said. "The mind and the spirit are addicted, too. You need to work on that."