By Floyd Godfrey, LPC, CSAT candidate
LifeSTAR is a three phase clinical intervention for pornography addiction. Our LifeSTAR program for pornography addiction in Mesa Arizona is different from other programs for three basic reasons:
- We have an established system for participants to track progress.
- There is a high level of collaboration within the program between therapists.
- The program is updated to reflect current research.
At other counseling offices, clients might be sorting through various concepts without any structure. We utilize a set of workbook materials to track participant progress. This is a standardized format that we have produced over the past fifteen years working with clients struggling with pornography addiction in Mesa Arizona. To help with treatment, we hire counselors who have extra education with this issue. They talk about all the participants to ensure the best care. Our staff also travels to an annual addiction conference to hear about changes within the field of pornography addiction. Likewise, the LifeSTAR materials are periodically updated to reflect current research. In summary, we’ve created a standardized system, sustained by current research, and facilitated by counselors who collaborate together for individual needs.
The third phase of LifeSTAR involves emotional processing. As in the previous phase, husbands and wives work within respective groups according to their gender. After participants have established solid tools and maintained sobriety, they come into this phase of the program to address emotional issues that contribute to the addiction. Men must develop an ability to recognize emotion and express it in healthy ways. Some men have brought trauma from childhood that also must be addressed. Similarly, wives will address emotional trauma related to their husband’s addiction. Sometimes this trauma creates codependency behaviors in order to cope with a feeling of trauma, which also must be addressed.
Most participants are typically in this phase anywhere between eight to eighteen months, depending upon individual growth. Graduation is discussed with the therapist after the participant completes his/her tasks. Participants must be capable of maintaining new healthy lifestyles. Once the addiction has been stopped and the underlying issues have been addressed, healthy lifestyle changes are reinforced in order to keep the addiction from reappearing. For couples in the program, this is the time to practice their new lifestyle and new way of relating to each other. In Phase III, they put into practice all of the identity and boundary training they have received throughout the first and second phases.
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.