Rising from the Pit of Sexual Addiction


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Have you found yourself failing in the fight to overcome sexual addiction? If so, I invite you to reconnect with your motivation by reading my newly published Covenant Eyes article entitled Called to Rise: Overcoming Sexual Addiction. Based on the powerful scene from the movie The Dark Knight Rises, this chapter examines why sexual addiction recovery is so difficult and how someone can achieve this seemingly impossible act. As you’ll learn, recovery from sexual addiction is very difficult but very possible. Those of us who’ve scaled the walls of this pit are calling you to join our ranks.

May we all have the courage to rise up and live out life after lust.

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and author of Life After Lust. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

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New Release: Finding Peace Trauma Workbook (.99 Cents Through FRIDAY)


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Today a powerful resource was published on Amazon called Finding Peace: A Workbook on Healing from Loss, Neglect, Rejection, Abandonment, Betrayal, and Abuse by Troy Love, LCSW. I had the privilege of endorsing this book so I can vouch for how good it is. Troy has poured his expertise and heart into this workbook and I am certain that countless people will benefit as a result. After reading Finding Peace, I added it to our LifeSTAR treatment program and look forward to using it with my clients. Check out this new workbook and share it with others.

GET YOUR COPY BY FRIDAY WHILE IT IS ONLY 99 CENTS….You won’t regret it!

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and author of Life After Lust. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

 

 

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FREE eBook for Father’s Day – Life After Lust


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An excellent resource for men and women seeking recovery from sexual addiction is now available for FREE through Father’s Day! To get your free copy of Life After Lust CLICK HERE between now and Sunday night. May this message of hope strengthen and equip you and those you love. Also, in remembrance of Father’s Day, check out this POWERFUL call to action, aimed at inspiring all Fathers to protect their children from pornography:

Dear Porn: A Father’s Letter

 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY FROM LIFESTAR OF THE CENTRAL VALLEY!

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and author of Life After Lust. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

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Stories of Trauma & Sex Addiction – 2 Podcasts


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Often those of us in recovery have survived a trauma-filled past. Whether it’s in the form of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, our past pains have a long-term impact on our lives and relationships (click here for more info).

This was certainly the case for me….and I’m starting to talk more openly about it these days.

In my two most recent podcast interviews, I had the opportunity to talk about my past pain in depth. If you’ve wondered about the link between trauma and addiction, I invite you to listen in:

Interview #1: Making an Addict podcast with sex addiction therapist D.J. Burr

Interview #2: Pure Sex Radio Podcast with Jonathan Daugherty of Be Broken Ministries
(Christian-based, much more trauma focused)

I hope you find these interviews enlightening and encouraging as you pursue your personal path from pain to purpose.

***If you resonated with these interviews and are ready to pursue your own healing, I urge you to consider reaching out. Our sex addiction treatment program helps those impacted by both trauma and addiction. If you’re not in Central Valley, consider finding a therapist in your area.

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and author of Life After Lust. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

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How to Battle Lust (VLOG)


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For those who don’t struggle with compulsive lusting, this video may not make sense. Those seeking recovery from lust addiction will get it. Are you committed to acknowledging your vulnerabilities and making a battle plan for success? If so, you’ll find my vulnerable VLOG on preparing to battle lust helpful.

Click here to watch Battling Lust at the Baseball Game

Wondering how the game went? To view the follow-up video click here

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and author of Life After Lust. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

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The Healing Power of Accountability – VLOG


Accountability is an essential part of a successful recovery plan and yet so many people resist implementing it. Check out my recent vlog where I share about my experience with accountability and why it is such a powerful modality for healing.

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and author of Life After Lust. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

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Permission to Rest VLOG Episode


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In my newest VLOG episode I shared some insights about the importance of resting well. This is a significant challenge for me and I know I am not alone. Those of us in recovery are especially vulnerable to choosing to numb-out when non-addictive relaxation is what we really need. If you also struggle in this area, I invite you to check out the video and consider how you can increase rest and decrease numbing-out behaviors. I believe this is the path to much-needed physical, spiritual, and mental renewal. Resting effectively is an essential recovery skill.

Click HERE for Permission to Rest VLOG Episode 

One more thing….to all the mother’s out there, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY from LifeSTAR of the Central Valley!

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and author of Life After Lust. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

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