Pornography & Sexual Addiction Treatment

The Family Strategies sexual addiction treatment program is based on the pioneering work of Patrick Carnes, Stefanie Carnes, Rob Weiss, Todd Olson, Dan Gray, Dorothy Maryon, Don Hilton and other professional clinicians who have researched this topic for over 30 years. SABR is supervised by CSAT therapists, utilizes programming and curriculum from both IITAP and LifeSTAR, and is designed for adult heterosexual men and/or their partners. Our program is superior to other interventions because:

  • We have an established system for participants to track growth in recovery.
  • There is a high level of collaboration within our program between therapists.
  • The program is constantly updated to reflect current science and research.

SABR participants utilize workbook materials and tasks to help them progress in recovery. This standardized process has been polished through more than fifteen years of working with hundreds of clients struggling with sexual compulsion and betrayal recovery. Family Strategies has a team of CSAT therapists with experience in these complicated issues who work together and regularly discusses the situation of all the participants, collaborating on the needs of those in the program. Our SABR team attends the annual IITAP conference to review current research and trends in the field of sexual addiction.  We regularly update the workbooks and techniques used in our group interventions. Our program has a polished system for treatment, bolstered by current research, and implemented by a team of specialists who collaborate and plan for individual participant needs.

Enrollment Education Group

The first phase of the SABR program is a psychoeducational class called the “Education Group.” This first phase provides a basic understanding of sexual addiction and the underlying issues. When clients are well-informed about the issues that influence addiction, they can make specific changes and guesswork is eliminated. In this phase, the addict begins learning about his addiction, while his partner learns about healing her own emotional trauma and wounds. 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 not willing or able to attend. Unlike a support group or 12-Step meeting, a licensed professional counselor who specializes in these issues facilitates the program.

The Application Group

In the second phase, or Application Group, clients begin integrating the concepts learned in phase one. Participants are expected to practice tools and establish an ability to maintain sobriety. This phase requires hard work. Participants follow workbook materials, present what they’ve learned, and report their progress in group. Phase two focuses on providing a deeper look at denial, the addiction cycle, fantasies and objectification, relapse prevention, and healthy living. Partners take a deeper look at how her spouse’s behavior has affected her thoughts and behavior, learning to establish healthy boundaries with their partner, and how to effectively cope with anger and other emotions. Additionally, clients are taught the impact of emotional trauma the addiction has created as well as ways to heal and mend their relationships.

This phase of the program is self-paced and participants remain in the Application Phase until they have successfully completed the tasks. For most clients, this phase can take between six to eighteen months, depending upon individual motivation and growth. Our main focus is helping the client become proficient in utilizing tools, maintaining sobriety, and understanding their problem.

The Integration Group

The Integration Group, or third phase, of the SABR program involves emotional processing. Addicts and partners work to address emotional issues that contribute to the addiction. Men must develop an ability to recognize emotion and express it in healthy ways, and some have brought trauma from childhood that must be addressed. Similarly, partners will address emotional trauma related to their partner’s addiction. Sometimes this trauma creates safety-seeking behaviors in order to cope, which are also addressed.

Again, this phase is self-paced and can last eight to eighteen months, depending on individual growth. Participants must be capable of maintaining new, healthy lifestyles. Once the addiction behavior has been stopped and the underlying issues have been addressed, healthy lifestyle changes are reinforced in order to keep the addiction from reappearing. For couples in the program, this is the time to practice their new lifestyle and a new way of relating to each other. In the Integration Phase they put into practice all of the identity and boundary training they have received throughout the first and second phases.  Upon completion of the tasks in this phase, participants meet with a therapist and complete a “Discharge/Graduation” packet before their last week in the group.

More Information

  • The Education Group, or Phase One, meets weekly for eight weeks on Mondays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Family Strategies; click the button below to register for the next available session.
  • There is a $100 materials fee due at time of registration.
  • Cost of the program is $220/month throughout program participation*.
  • Each participant is required to have an intake assessment which includes a SAST score to determine preparedness for the program. Call our office to schedule an assesment with a SABR therapist.

*We accept BCBS insurance. Deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurances may apply.