Sunday, April 13, 2008

MBS Spanko Brunch #117

I have to smile just a little at the irony that confronts me as I introduce the topic for our 117th weekly spanko brunch. These questions were submitted by a reader.

Do you think there is such a thing as spanking addiction? If so, how would one know whether they have it? What sort of treatment would be appropriate?

If you would like to join our discussion, and I hope you will, you need only leave a comment. Once everyone has had their chance to speak, I will post an edited summary of the proceedings.


New Beginnings said...

Yes there is such a thing as a spankind addition. The treatments that works best in my case is multiply hard swats to the rear end. That will often push the craving away for a few hours!


Lucy said...

Yep, spanking addictions are real, I looked it up in my psychology textbook. (Guess who's jean clad butt was next to the entry ;0) But seriously, Jekyll used to threaten to NOT spank me when I was bad. So I guess you could say some of us are addicted.

Jessica said...

I think that it is definately addictive. It is like having a sex addiction or a food addiction or whatever. What makes something diagnosible, and requiring treatment, is whether or not it interferes in your functioning. If you look it up in the DSM IV (what psychiatrists use) the key to any fetish becoming a diagnosis is whether or not it interferes with your life.

For me, it only enhances. *big grin! If you can't get to work or participate with your family, you may want to look at what you are doing.

Now reading blogs... sometimes gets me hooked and staying up too late. This will be a topic of discussion with my husband this evening OTK! Apparently 3 AM is past my bedtime!


paqster said...

yea, there are spanking addictions like any others...

but the treatments are a bit backwards...You can spank someone for cigarette addiction and maybe that will help it for a spanking addiction and you're just feeding the habit....

still, there are times when i am just craaaving a great a nic fit...a spank fit...

Anon VII said...

I know there's at least a potential addiction for tops (voice of experience, here!), and the previous postings confirmed my suspicion that there's one for bottoms as well.

Actually, I already had a strong suspicion. Once I knew a little cutie whom I playfully teased about her chocolate addiction, telling her that I was going to have to spank her to cure her of it. Well, she smiled both broadly and foxily (if that's a real word) and agreed to tell me the next time she indulged in the forbidden sweet. We both kept our promises. After I paddled her (she said OTK wouldn't be effective enough), she turned and pounced on me, and you know the rest of that story. A couple of weeks and numerous swats later, I found out that she was fibbing to me about the chocolate because of, ... well, you know that also. Needless to say, I was quite hooked on her in more ways than one.

Anon VII

Paul said...

Bonnie, there is no question, of course spanking is addictive. I imagine that most Doms know the withdrawal symptoms.
Increased brattiness, sulking, pouting, naughtiness, unexplained bursts of crying and finally throwing things. If you haven't taken her in hand by now I suggest that you resign as a Dom and start selling ice-cream, you know which flavour. Chuckle.
Warm hugs,

littleone said...

i have to say..... i am not entirely sure it is the spanking i am addicted to ..or the after effects.......

the chemicals released in my brain during / following a long spanking session are rather amazing and wonderful...... i have been told they are pretty much like the chemicals released when one has had mind blowing sex.. OR some pretty good drugs...... (personallly i will stick to the spanking and sex to acquire those chemicals - thank you very much)

It is quite simple to know if one has such a addiction.. one craves it. and craves it. and craves it some more.

As for a cure ?? why would anyone wish to be cured?? it is not an illegal drug .. it is not financially ruining anyone .. it most certainly does not put weight on (like food addictions) nor does it rot the teeth (like chocolate addictions) .......

in my humble opinion WHY would anyone want to cure this type of addiction.......certainly not me !!

and on a little more serious note.. though i am totally and thoroughly addicted to spankings (and a few other things like whips and chains and floggers or me!!) it can all be washed away in a blink of an eye when one's health is not up to scratch - so i wonder how serious an addiction it can be??

morningstar (owned by Warren)

aka_ireland said...

I think we all agree on the serious side, yes. People can get addicted to just about anything. As as far needing spanking for arousal, well that's the definition of a fetish.

On a lighter note: Does it work like other addictions?

Does a playful swat on the rear lead to harder and harder implements? Someday will it impact thier daily life? Will the addict not be able to perform at work because of trouble sitting?

Maybe I'll start a spanking clinic, I can't say anyone will loose their addiction, but it will give people a safe controled environment where I can spank them, I mean they can get spanked by who they want. I'll oversee of course to make sure everything is ok.


Hermione said...

Spanking certainly can become an addiction. Being spanked causes endorphins to be released by the body to help it deal with the pain. Endorphins make us feel good so we want more.

Signs of spanking addiction include frequent thoughts of spanking, reading spanking blogs daily and the constant craving for more.

The only known treatment is to be spanked. Fortunately there is no cure.


Anonymous said...

"Addiction" is such a loaded word; I don't know that it applies. I know, now, that spanking is integral to me and something that I'm wired to enjoy and crave. I don't think I can change it, any more than I could go from being right to left handed. For a long time, though, for more than 20 years, I believed I was odd or off somehow - emotionally or mentally not fully formed, or just perverted. I just got to the place where I think this part of my sexuality is healthy and normal - I really don't want to consider it an addiction!

That said, a few weeks ago a reader revealed to Bonnie that she feared if she and her mate started spanking she or they wouldn't want sex again without it - that gentle, loving sex would go away. That comment struck me, because I vastly prefer sex preceded by spanking to any other kind! But maybe that's because I waited so long for it and it still doesn't happen nearly as often as I'd like it.

You can definitely get addicted to blogs and frittering away all sorts of time. That's where a kindly yet firm spouse who only has your best interests at heart comes in quite handy!

Mary said...

LOL, I agree with Jessica (an adiction is problem when it interferes with everyday life), and little one, (since it only seems to enhance mine- why would anyone want to cure it?) Paul described withdraw symptoms well - although I don't throw - I stomp my feet. I do think you can cure this adiction with 'the hair of the dog that bit you' mentality. If spanked real hard - to the point that I remember ut-oh this isn't as easy as it seems in fantasy - I can not want one for a few hours at least. :-).

sara said...

Yep, I am with Jessica. You can become 'addicted' to anything in terms of craving it, but does it interfere with the rest of your life? Coffee, Internet, shopping, chocolate, spanking. All non-dangerous inclinations unless they take over your life. And if not, who cares? Live a little and enjoy! :)

Anonymous said...

The pain aspect is addictive due to hormones and endorphins it releases in one's brain...apparently. An addiction is classed as when you become obsessed with this one aspect of your life and it has negative effects on the other aspects of your life. So you could be addicted to spanking, on condition that you are the type to enjoy the pain, and you became so focused on spanking that you lost interest in everything else in your life.

(One of my best friends is a psychologist, I asked him for help with this one, interestingly enough he considers me a borderline sex addict anyway...*giggles*)



Still haven't found any hard scientific research to back this up yet but I still lean towards the desire for spanking/pain play being the result of a gene.

Addiction? well in my case it is the mix of adrenaline and endorphins that give the high. So presumably any chemically induced high can become addictive if over indulged, even if the chemicals are produced by your own body. Will some medical professional tell me I'm wrong about that now, please, pretty please, pleeeeeaaaase.


Amy said...

I agree that an addiction is something that has a negative effect on your life. So if spanking is a about pleasure-and if you and your partner enjoy it-i don't see a problem.

For me, spanking is erotic and i would like it alot more. However, my husband just does it to please me so i have to balance my need for spanking for his needs that are a bit more "traditional". So in the long run-we both win :)

Dr. Ken said...

I would probably say "obsession" rather than "addiction".... :-)

Dr. Ken

Daisy said...

its no more addictive than chocolate.....hehehe

Bonnie said...

I have to suppose there is such a thing. I don’t know if talking about spankings with like-minded friends for 117 consecutive weeks qualifies, but looking forward to that little ouch when I sit surely must.

If there’s a cure, I don’t want it!

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