Breaking the Chains of Internet Porn Addiction

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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:

Self-tests

Jump-start workshops

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 . . .

Books

  • Every Man’s Battle, Arterburn & Stoeker
  • False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction, Harry W. Schaumburg
  • Out of the Shadows, Patrick Carnes

On-line Workshops

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.

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9 Responses to Breaking the Chains of Internet Porn Addiction

  1. Winsome.One says:

    May I suggest Faithful & True Ministries in Minnesota
    ( http://www.faithfulandtrueministries.com/ ) and Mark Laaser’s book, “Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction.”

  2. That was an excellent chapel message today 9-12-2006. Is there is a way that will be online and for you to have a link to it from your blog?

  3. leejagers says:

    Thanks, Winsome.One for the Mark Laaser lead. Several people mentioned his book to me verbally, but you provided the link. It looks good. I’m particularly interested in learning more about the many ways internet pornography (and sin in general) creates internal obstacles to enjoying life to the fullest way God designed. — jlj

  4. leejagers says:

    We’re working on getting the talk online. I had not thought about linking to it from this blog, but I’ll talk to the technical guys to see how it can be done. My highest technical ability is uploading pictues and typing messages. Thanks for the encouraging feedback. — jlj

  5. Greg Wells says:

    I’d add to the list of filters/accountability software X3Watch. It’s free, available for PC and Mac, and can be downloaded at http://www.x3watch.com.

  6. Lee says:

    Thanks Greg. X3Watch is new to me. I’ll edit and add it to the post.

  7. You will burn for your blathsefemy

  8. you will burn for your blathesfamy

  9. Lee says:

    Shorty,
    I think you mean blasphemy. I can tell you don’t know how to spell it, but do you have any idea what it means? Try to explain thoughtfully how it applies.

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