By Floyd Godfrey, LPC, CSAT candidate
LifeSTAR is a three phased treatment program for pornography addiction and sexually compulsive behavior. It is designed for adult, heterosexual men and their wives. The program is based upon concepts taught by Patrick Carnes and many other professionals who have researched this problem over the past 30 years. Others include Pia Mellody, Claudia Black, Jon Bradshaw, Rob Weiss, Don Hilton, and Barbara Steffens.
Our LifeSTAR program for pornography addiction in Mesa Arizona surpasses other interventions for three reasons:
- We have an established system for participants to track their growth in recovery.
- There is a high level of collaboration within our program between therapists.
- The program is updated to reflect current science and research.
While other programs do not have an established system, we have a series of workbook materials and tasks that participants utilize to progress. This standardized process has been polished over the past fifteen years of working with hundreds of clients struggling with pornography addiction in Mesa Arizona. Additionally, we hire a team of therapists who already have experience with these complicated issues. They work together and regularly discuss the situation of all the participants, collaborating on the needs of those in the program. Finally, we attend an annual LifeSTAR conference to review current research and trends within the field of sexual addiction. The latest science is updated within the workbooks, and current techniques brought into our group interventions. In summary, our program has a polished system for treatment, bolstered by current research, and implemented by a team of specialists who collaborate and plan for individual participant needs.
Phase One of LifeSTAR is a six-week psycho-educational class. This phase provides participants with a basic understanding about pornography addiction and the underlying issues. The primary focus of this phase is education. When clients are well informed about the issues that influence addiction, they can make specific changes. Guess work is eliminated. The program is structured for adult heterosexual men and their wives. The husband begins learning about his addiction, while his spouse learns about healing emotional wounds. We strongly recommend that married couples come together so they can begin the process of education at the same time. However, the workshop is also for single adults and for those clients whose partners are not willing to attend. Likewise, it is appropriate for wives whose husbands are unwilling or unable to attend. Unlike a support group or 12-Step meeting, a licensed professional counselor who specializes in these issues facilitates the groups.
If you would like more information about our LifeSTAR program for pornography addiction in Mesa Arizona, give us a call for a free 15-minute consultation with one of our therapists who specializes in this area: (480) 668-8301.