Much is written about the problems associated with compulsive sexual behavior (a.k.a. internet porn addiction). It saps time, it breeds deception, it short circuits the pursuit of genuine intimacy, it feeds mind games that don’t need to be fed, etc., etc. If you would like to listen to the audio of my presentation in chapel, click here. In addition to that however, I want to provide resources that are helpful in dealing with the problem after an individual has acknowledged the need for healing.
Resources for Dealing with Internet Porn Addiction
The best way to overcome this addiction in my opinion is group therapy that seeks to guide members into a walk of personal purity that reflects godly character. Simply trying to eliminate negative behaviors from one’s life is not enough. Group therapy breaks the bubble of secrecy, holds each individual accountable to several “real” people,” and provides live examples of other individuals’ progress with the same issues. In the Dallas area, here are some recommended resources for group counseling:
- Brian Craig Individual as well as group therapy.
- Larry Colclasure Help for wives as well
- Bruce Cameron Help for wives as well
- Care Ministries Help for wives (with Ruth Long) as well as men
- Dale Godby Dallas Group Analytic Practice
- Bob Dicken 12-Step Groups to fit any need.
- Call Douglas Barnes, LPC on 214-587-9631 for individual and group counseling. He helps wives as well in groups.
Some individuals are not ready for group therapy, so the next best thing is individual therapy. This can also break the secrecy bubble and provide opportunities to work through embedded issues that reinforce the fear of intimacy and vulnerability.
Some individuals are not able to pay the fees for individual therapy and may not be ready to talk to someone else about their secret life, but do want to learn about the problem. Here are some resources that provide help:
- Free in Christ
- Sexual Addiction Recovery Resources
- Sexual Recovery Institute
- Dr. Michael Johnson Website resources, live workshops in Austin, help for wives.
Computer filters – software programs that can be helpful.
- XXXWatch – It’s free, for PC and Mac. (Thanks for the lead, Greg)
- “Be Safe” (they recently purchased “Covenant Eyes.”)
- Net Mop
- Safe Eyes
- And many more . . .
- Every Man’s Battle, Arterburn & Stoeker
- False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction, Harry W. Schaumburg
- Out of the Shadows, Patrick Carnes
Give me some feedback. If these resources have been helpful, let’s reinforce them. If you know of additional resources that are effective, let’s spread the word.