Dear Porn-Addicted Parent


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Have you read An Open Letter to My Porn-Watching Dad? Written by his daughter, these brutally honest words serve as a shocking reminder that pornography addiction affects more than just the consumer. For those living in pursuit of the “lie of lust”, a letter like this can be a jolting wake-up call. This letter reminds all parents that their children are watching and learning from what is modeled to them. It also calls attention to the truth that even “secretive” behaviors may not be as hidden as parents would like to think. A message like this has the potential to dislodge an addicted parent from the grip of denial, if they have the courage to listen with an open and humble heart. What a gift this can be! Sometimes the motivation that makes the difference is rooted in love for others. May this letter and the following videos inspire all addicted parents to choose their paths carefully, knowing that “it’s the little feet behind that are sure to follow”.

If this message buries the reader with shame, I encourage you to guard against moving into a place of self-hatred and self-pity. Shame is rarely the catalyst for significant change. On the contrary, a healthy level of guilt and conviction can ignite a blazing fire that motivates powerful changes. May this strong call to self-awareness bring about a heart-felt desire to make changes that matter, shifting the course of history for generations to come.

We at LifeSTAR of the Central Valley are equipped and eager to help all who are ready to battle for the hearts of their children, their family, and themselves. If you’re ready to undertake the difficult yet rewarding road of recovery, contact us today.

-Written by Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LifeSTAR of the Central Valley

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About fbenedict

Forest Benedict is the author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Sexual Addiction Treatment Provider (SATP). Forest loves the work he does as the Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and the Program Manager/Teacher in the SATP program at Mid-America Nazarene University. He writes numerous articles on the LifeSTAR of the Central Valley blog (https://lifestarcentralvalley.wordpress.com/) and also on his personal blog (http://forestbenedict.com/). He created the Life After Lust VLOG on Youtube, sharing insights about recovery from sexual addiction. Forest also writes and speaks publicly about protecting children from pornography.
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3 Responses to Dear Porn-Addicted Parent

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