Photograph by Sammy-Williams
The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About: How I Let My Pornography Addiction Hurt People and Destroy Relationships by Joshua Shea is a very detailed account of a period of the author’s life that lead to his arrest and conviction.
The book was mainly written while the author was in prison and it has a cathartic and apologetic tone. Not once did I find the author trying to justify his behavior and that means for me that he genuinely regrets the actions he did even if a lot of them were under the influence of alcohol.
It is a one man’s story, and it gives vast information about the business he had, how he interacted with people, why he did what he did. The language is eloquent since the author ran for some years a lifestyle magazine in his hometown and also was the main reason for the creation of Central Maine’s largest film festival.
The book must have had a curing effect on the writer, and I think it was something he did so prison time will go by creatively. Also, other’s with similar problems and addictions might learn a few things from the author’s story and avoid the same mistakes he did.
I really enjoyed the book because it gave a dark glimpse into a person psyche that is under the influence of numerous addictions. Furthermore, it is a story with a good ending, and who doesn’t like good endings.
The message of the book, in my opinion, is a positive one and basically is saying that is never too late to stop the addictive behavior and start fresh.
Some people figure it out on their self’s other external factors must intervene so to wake them up.