Pornography and Masturbation

Ben [puzzled[:  BTW, what did you mean, "cold turkey"? How else can you give up anything?

Adam [thoughtfully]:

Well, they don't take you straight off morphine, otherwise you get dopesick - and your skin goes like a plucked turkey.

They put you on a milder drug - methadone - and then wean you onto smaller and smaller doses. Takes longer, it's easier. ... But that's no help - I CAN'T GO ONTO "MILDER PORN"!

Ben [stares at him, takes a deep breath]:  No. You can't. Nor can I. (Pause) Hey! I gave up smoking once.

Maybe porn/masturbation is more like smoking? Sure, a big part of the addiction is the thrill of the nicotine. But another important part is the "foreplay", going outside, getting the cigarette out, lighting it, puffing it, tapping off the ash ...

Adam:  So? How does that help us?

Any ideas?