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    Scott Weeman
    Scott Weeman
    Keymaster

    What resources do you use that have helped you find long-term freedom from the chains of pornography and sex addiction? We would love to hear your success stories or tools available that have brought healing.

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    Patrick Mason
    Patrick Mason
    Participant

    The book that made me face the fact that I had a problem was The Porn Trap.

    I discovered it while on retreat at an Ignatian Spiritual Retreat and spent the whole retreat reading the book.

    From there I took the step recommended by the book to join a program, specifically Sex Addicts Anonymous which is a 12 step program. I joined them because they have regular online meetings every evening and where I lived was far from a phyisical meeting.

    In the program I have bought their “Green Book” called Sex Addicts Anonymous which details the 12 steps and how to work them and provides a number of stories provided by fellow addicts.

    I also have a book Answers in the Heart which is a daily meditation book that I read the daily meditation from.

    I also have a booked called A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps which is a non addiction specific guide through working the 12 steps.

    On a whole, being in a program is helping me tremendously.

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    Joel Martin
    Joel Martin
    Participant

    I have also found a twelve step fellowship has helped me tremendously. Sexaholics Anonymous. They have a defined sobriety definition which matches my catholic beliefs. I was also a great breakthrough when I read that sex was not the problem lust was. It has taken me many years to differentiate between sex and lust.

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    Pete Lesniewski
    Pete Lesniewski
    Moderator

    Two things that have really helped me has been my involvement in a Catholic and Recovery Men’s Group as well as being committed to spending time in daily prayer. I think it’s really important to focus on growing in relationship with God but also with others who are also striving to live an authentic christian life. Having a structured group to lean on in difficult moments has been helpful to me since it is easy to isolate myself when things get really tough.

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    John Lopez
    John Lopez
    Participant

    I currently am working step 9 I have 3 1/2 months sobriety but for that it was 2yrs 10 months so I don’t know if I am anyone to be listening too.
    My tools 1st be working step 1 and 3 on a daily basis
    1. I have to realize on a daily basis that I am powerless because if I don’t my ego will try to take control and try to persuade me that I have power and I am doing it not God. If that happens un-manageability is not far behind.
    3. I have to turn my life and will over to the care God everyday via reminders and repeating it when I get the reminders.

    Trying to stay close to God via :
    I listen to Christian Music,
    Always trying to way to integrate God into my life. Example I use many passwords at work or as part of daily life with these I set them things to remind me like past passwords
    “L0rdhavemercyChr1sthavemercy” that is 27 characters long with characters and numbers pretty secure but also easy to remember.
    3 & 1/2 months ago I started going to Mass on a daily basis and confession weekly. I attend 3 meetings a week, trying to start another one a CIR one in my parish.

    I try to reach out to other guys in my meetings we have groups to lean on each other we call them band of brothers.

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