From Addiction to Connection: Radio Interview with “Carol the Coach” & Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP-C

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Last night I had the privilege of being interviewed on live radio by “Carol the Coach“. Carol Juergensen Sheets LCSW, PCC, CSAT is a psychotherapist who hosts the informative show called “Sexual Addiction: Strength/Hope/Recovery“. Carol invited me to join her on her show after hearing about my work through my friends at Porn Proof Kids.

I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my experience and expertise. I had the opportunity to share about the LifeSTAR Network and programs. We also talked about the SATP certification program that I graduated from and will be teaching in starting this fall. The remainder of the interview was about seeing sexual addiction and recovery from an attachment perspective. I provided several time-tested tools and exercises for both addicts and partners, aimed at deepening attachment with self, others, and one’s Higher Power.

It is my hope that listeners will see connection as a core component of the recovery journey and feel empowered and equipped to make simple changes in this area that have a lasting impact. In my experience, letting go of addiction and replacing it with connection is one of the most satisfying experiences life has to offer.

Click here to listen to the entire show (will play automatically):

Substituting Addiction for Human Closeness with Carol the Coach & Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP-C

For explanations about the tools described in the interview, check out the following links:

  1. Connection with Self

Essential Recovery Tool: The Self-Compassion Break

The Courage of Self Connection

  1. Connection with your Higher Power

Moving Beyond Belief: Cultivating Connection with a Responsive God (Christian)

Preventing Impending Relapse: 6 Immediate Interventions

  1. Connection with your Partner

From Addiction to Connection: The Value of Learning “How We Love”

The 2 Minute Miracle: A Practice for Strengthening Marriage


  1. Connection with Accountability

Connection Calls

Healing Doesn’t Happen On the Island of Isolation

If you are ready to learn how to connect within the structure of a qualified recovery program, look for a LifeSTAR near you.

Thank you for listening and for sharing with others!

*Note: Carol the Coach referred to me as an “attachment specialist”. To clarify, I have a good understanding of attachment but do not have specific training in this area, beyond my sexual addiction certification which was attachment focused.

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