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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.

Finding Calm in the Chaos: Facing Fires, Storms, and Suffering


I’ll admit, this week’s been a tough one for me. With friends and family facing unpredictable fires, I have felt concerned and helpless. This morning as I sought my own inner peace amidst these circumstances, I realized I have something … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Sex: Fresno Bee Article & Radio Interview


This week I had two great opportunities to share my professional and personal perspectives on the local radio and newspaper. I’m grateful for these opportunities and and would love to share them with you. If you’ve read my book Life … Continue reading

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The Porn Pandemic


Share if you agree. –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 … Continue reading

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Forest’s Radio Interview Today


After writing my recent article in response to Hustler’s new store in my city, I have the opportunity to share my perspective on the Trevor Carey radio show (96.7 FM) today at 4:30pm. This will be my second interview on … Continue reading

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Hustler, Hefner, & Ethical Sex in Recovery


Today I finished writing an important piece called The Recovering Addict’s Guide to Ethical Sex: Hefner and Hustler Had it Half Right. This article invites readers to live in alignment with their sexual and moral values and to stand against … Continue reading

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What My Partner is Worth


Essential Mindset #13 in Life After Lust (2017). From the chapter “What My Wife is Worth.” Share if you agree. –Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley and author of Life After Lust. If you benefited from this … Continue reading

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Angry Birds & Killer Bees (How to Talk to Children About Sex)


Talking to kids about sex is an essential, yet difficult task for all parents. What complicates this challenge further is the advancement of technology and the early exposure to pornography that is rampant in our day and age. Last year I … Continue reading

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