Soft Mode, Hard Mode, Monk Mode – What’s The Difference?

Soft Mode, Hard Mode, Monk Mode – What’s The Difference?

If you’re trying to quit your porn addiction you’ve probably come across terms and slang used in the online community and you’re wondering what those terms mean. When it comes to rebooting or recovery from porn addiction there are multiple ways to go about it, but all involve abstaining from porn or masturbation.

In this article, we’ll look into the difference between different “modes” you can choose for your recovery. There are actually three and there is quite a difference between them when it comes to speed and effectiveness of recovery from porn and masturbation addiction.

Soft Mode

Soft mode means that you stop watching porn, but release your sexual energy with masturbation only. While this may work for a few people, it is now proven that soft mode doesn’t work very well for recovery from porn addiction. The reason is simple – if you were addicted to masturbation with porn you will have very strong cravings after masturbation to do it again soon after. It’s called the chaser effect. The problem is that this time you will also crave porn because masturbation without porn will not be stimulating enough. When this happens you have only two options – overcome a huge craving or fap again – with or without porn.

Both options are not something you want to be dealing with when you’re recovering from porn addiction. Most people I know who believe that they can overcome porn addiction with soft mode are relapsing with porn for years and their self-esteem is destroyed. If you’re serious about your full and permanent recovery, you should opt-in for one of the next 2 options…

Hard Mode


Monk Mode

No porn, no masturbation, no sex. No orgasm. And ideally in combination with dopamine detox.