Research & Development of Porn Addiction
Playwright Richard Chilver will be pitching an idea for a stage play on porn addiction. Richard will be sharing his research on porn addiction, summarising a research process that has involved interviewing Sexual Relationship Therapists, Neuroscientists and those recovering or living with porn addiction. This talk will take place at an important time as Richard formalises how his play can be a vehicle to discuss porn addiction.
Richard’s work has been supported by The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity (ATSAC); The College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists (COSRT), Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) and Lottery Funding from Arts Council England.
This survey is for people who are living with or have lived with porn addiction.
We understand that porn addiction is not recognised by the World Health Organisation as a diagnosable addiction however to many the term feels appropriate to describe their experiences.
We also understand that excessive use of porn can occur alongside other problematic sexual behaviour. The focus of this survey concerns pornography use, please try to keep your answers on this topic. There is a question later in the survey where you may like to detail how porn links to other sexual behaviour.
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What will happen to the answers you share?
This survey should take approximately 5-15 minutes.
All of the information you provide is anonymous.
The information you provide will only be shared with the core research & development team and will not be shared or distributed without written consent from you.
You may ask for your information to be deleted at any time.
Your answers will be kept on file for 7 years and then deleted from all databases.
You may ask to see your written response at any time.
The information you provide will lead to the intention of creating a staged performance. The research is intended only to generate authenticity and not material. No person in the performance will be recognisable to any specific person who has answered any survey or interview questions.
In best practice, we want to safeguard you and everyone involved in this research. If any answer you provide is considered to place you or anyone else at risk or harm, it is our duty to inform the relevant authorities.
We recognise that answering some of these questions may trigger unwanted emotional labour. In recognition of this, you may skip any question you do not feel comfortable answering and may stop the survey at any point.
If you are affected by anything whilst answering these questions here are some places to find support:
Net Doctor – Porn and Relationships -
COSRT (College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists) -
Sexual Advice Association - Helpline: 0207 486 7262
ATSAC – Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity -
We want to thank you for your participation in this research and value the time and honesty you have shared. We hope this research and development may help those living with porn addiction to seek help without shame and for everyone to have an accurate understanding of the struggles people may face.
For more information or queries please contact Alice Sandon (Participation Producer) on
or Richard Chilver on
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How would you describe your sexual orientation?
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Do you see yourself as someone who has an addiction to pornography?
At what stage in the addiction pathway do you feel you are at?
Do any other members of your family have an addiction?
When did you first discover pornography?
How did you discover it?
What was your first medium to view pornography? Magazine, Video, TV, DVD, Online
Reflecting back at what stage did you realise it was becoming a problem?
At that time how long per day were you viewing pornography?
Who knew you were viewing pornography to that extent?
What would their reaction have been if they had known?
At what stage did you accept you have an addiction?
What was happening in your life around the time watching pornography changed from wanting to view to needing to view?
Why do you think you became addicted to pornography?
Are there any particular elements of your childhood which, on reflection, you now feel had an impact on you which may have had a part to play in your addiction?
Did your porn addiction lead to any other problems? If so what are these problems?
Did your porn addiction occur alongside any other excessive sexual behaviour? If so how are they linked?
How did you realise you needed help?
Have you ever sought help? If yes, what type?
Why did you decide to seek help?
What was the rehabilitation process like?
What has been your family / partner / friends' experience?
What would you like people to know about having an addiction to pornography?
How would you describe your life right now? I.e. education, friends, family, work, homes, hobbies.
Where did you hear about this research and development?
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