THE NEXT SESSION OF THE EDUCATION CLASS COMING IN FEBRUARY 2022!

The Family Strategies SABR Education Class In-person meets weekly for four weeks on Monday evenings at the Family Strategies office. The Education Class teaches concepts of addiction development and tools for sobriety as well as betrayal recovery.


Sexual Addiction and Betrayal Recovery Treatment (SABR)

Our treatment program is based on the pioneering work of top experts in the field of sexual addiction and betrayal/relational trauma. These include Patrick Carnes, Rob Weiss, Dan Gray, Stefanie Carnes, Barbara Steffens, Todd Olson, Don Hilton, and many others who have researched this topic for over 35 years. SABR is supervised by Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSAT), utilizes programming and curriculum from IITAP, LifeSTAR, and others, and is designed for heterosexual couples (male addicts). Our program is superior to other interventions because:

  • We have an established system for participants to carefully track their growth.
  • We utilize a high level of collaboration within our program between therapists.
  • The program is constantly monitored and updated to reflect the most current science and research.

SABR participants utilize a variety of resources and tasks to assist them in their learning and growth. This standardized process has been refined through nearly 20 years of working with hundreds of clients struggling with sexual compulsion and betrayal.

Family Strategies has an extensive team of CSAT therapists with experience in these issues who work together and regularly discuss the situation of all the participants, collaborating on their specific needs. Our clinicians regularly attend specialized conferences and trainings to review current research and trends in the field of sexual addiction. Based on that research,we routinely update the curriculum and techniques used within the SABR program. Our polished system for treatment provides the most comprehensive and effective treatment option for individuals who are working through these complicated issues.

Addict and Partner

Education Class

The first phase of the SABR program is a psychoeducational in-person or online class called the Education Class. This class provides a basic understanding of sexual addiction and the underlying issues. When well-informed about the issues that influence addiction, we can make specific changes and guesswork is eliminated. In this class, the addict begins learning about his addiction while his partner learns about healing her own emotional trauma and injuries. We strongly recommend that couples begin the program at the same time so they can begin the process of education together. However, the program is also for single adults and for those clients whose partners are unwilling or unable to attend.

In addition to the class and group work, participation in the SABR program requires that participants work regularly with their individual therapist to assist in completing each phase of treatment.

The Addict

The Application Group

In the Application Group, we begin integrating the concepts learned in the Education Class. This phase requires hard work as participants are expected to practice tools and establish an ability to maintain sobriety. Group members complete workbook materials, present what has been learned, and report progress in the group. We also take a deeper look at denial, the addiction cycle, fantasies and objectification, relapse prevention, and healthy living. Additionally, participants are taught the impact of addiction and the subsequent trauma on a relationship and will explore ways to reestablish trust and create more safety for the betrayed partner.

This phase of the program is self-paced, and participants remain in the Application Group until they have successfully completed the tasks. This phase should take between six to twelve months, depending upon individual motivation and growth. The main focus is learning to  become proficient in utilizing tools, maintaining sobriety, and understanding the problem.

The Integration Group

The Integration Group of the SABR program involves emotional processing. Participants work to address emotional issues that have contributed to the addiction and develop an ability to recognize emotion and express it in healthy ways. 

This phase of treatment is also self-paced and should take approximately twelve to eighteen months to complete, depending on specific needs. Here, we continue to put into practice all of the knowledge, new behaviors, and training learned in the Education and Application groups. Once the addiction behavior has been stopped and the underlying issues have been addressed, healthy lifestyle changes will be reinforced in order to keep the addiction from reemerging. The expectation in completing the SABR program is that participants are capable of establishing, adjusting, and maintaining new healthy lifestyles.

The Partner

The Healing Group

Upon completion of the Education Group, partners will participate in the next and final phase of treatment called The Healing Group. Here we utilize and implement the new Prodependence model of treatment. Partners learn to implement the skills of emotional regulation, grounding, self-compassion, self-care, balance, boundaries, shame reduction, trauma management, and connection. We do this from the perspective of working together to hold on to the areas and connections in your relationship that are positive and working, while simultaneously healing injuries caused by the choices and behavior of the addict.  

This phase of treatment will take between twelve to eighteen months to complete. Participants regularly work in tandem with their SABR group and individual therapist to complete the tasks associated with completing the program. The expectation upon completion is that partners are ready and able to implement and integrate healthy coping and management skills, and create the healing and balance to find the best path for moving forward.


More Information

  • SABR Education Class – In-Person meets on Monday evenings for four weeks from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Family Strategies office. The fee of $320 covers materials and is not billable to insurance.*
  • SABR Education Class – Online provides online, self-paced access to all materials needed for the Education Group. The fee of $320 covers all materials and is not billable to insurance.*
  • All participants are required to have a Family Strategies SABR therapist to work with as they complete each group. Telehealth and phone sessions are available.
  • All other groups (Application, Integration, Healing) of the SABR program are $220/month throughout program participation**. 

FS Recovery App

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This simple recovery app is intended to assist those who are in recovery from sexual compulsions, or for those in a relationship with someone who is. It is not intended to be therapeutic, but rather a companion to your clinical work. Please seek professional help when needed.

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*The Education Class is self-pay only; insurance will not pay for classes or online programs. 
**All other SABR groups are billable to BCBS insurance. Deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurances may apply.