The Struggle is Real

Approximately 6-10 million men suffer from an addiction to pornography or other sexual addictions. The Internet has made it much easier for individuals to anonymously obtain addictive pornography.  Our culture provides plenty of services for people to feed their sexual addiction.

Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one's work environment.  

How does someone know if they are addicted to sex?  The main indication is whether a person is using sex to medicate feelings of anxiety, pain, loneliness, stress, or disappointment.  Instead of facing pain, a sex addict develops a pattern of numbing himself with false images of being accepted, affirmed, or receiving affection.

We believe that the main issue of sexual compulsive behavior is not the need for sex, rather, it is to control and avoid relational pain.  This is similar to how an alcoholic or drug addict uses alcohol or drugs to avoid their pain.

Our group offers a place to break out of isolation and shame, and to learn and practice healthy intimacy skills of support and accountability.  This community of men balances grace with accountability and is a forum for learning how to develop healthy relationships.

Goals and Objectives

Sex Addiction is essentially an intimacy disorder that results in cycles of avoidance, acting out, and deep shame.  Treatment is focused upon the formation of healthy relationships with other men and also the addict’s view of self.

This men’s group balances grace with accountability and is a forum for learning how to develop healthy relationships.

Topics Covered:

  • How sex addiction makes life unmanageable.
  • Destruction of Sex Addiction
  • Understanding the addictive cycle
  • Healthy Self-care
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Family of Origins of Addictions
  • Accountability to others in group
  • Healthy Masculinity
  • Forgiving and Making Amends
  • How to respond to change and crisis
  • How to manage life without unhealthy behaviors
  • How spirituality and recovery are interwoven

Group Information

This group is designed for: Men, ages 18 and over, who have felt convicted to address sexual addiction in their lives.  Recovery is achieved through becoming accountable to other men and choosing to live one's life without the destructive behaviors.  Recovery begins by realizing our powerlessness to stop the behavior by ourselves.

A typical meeting consists of a combination of “checking in,“ focused teaching, sharing struggles, and processing weekly assigned work from "Facing the Shadow" workbook (or other handouts) and a time of discussing whatever issues group members may be facing.  Throughout the group, each man will have the opportunity to share his story, his struggle, and seek support from other group members.

To enter one of the groups, you will need to schedule an individual counseling session with one of our sex addiction therapists. In the session, the counselor and you will determine together if you will be eligible for group therapy and if the existing group would be a good fit for you. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the group and for the counselor to hear your story. The individual session cost is $125.

*Please do not show up without first meeting with a counselor. You will not be allowed to join the group without the individual session.

Please call (479) 202-6300 to inquire about vacancies in each group.  Open spots are limited.

This group requires a 6 month minimum commitment, with an option to continue in the group past the 6 months.  

 

Group therapy is weekly and cost $55 per session (plus $25 for the cost of the workbook)

 

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