Radical, yes, masturbation is a beautiful thing, but in the wrong hands...!
When it's a compulsion, there's less pleasure and release than there is shame and powerlessness. And even worse, if you're fighting impulses because your god thinks it's wrong (just trying to get it over with before you get caught and go to hell), there's really no release involved at all -- just an endless trap. Sometimes it's not such a simple problem.
(Boston, I'm not saying that's you, by the way!)