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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.

    #1109
    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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    PJ Martini
    PJ Martini
    Participant

    Scott, first let me say that finding this site is prophetic for me, its my Lord’s gift to help fight Satan’s temptation of me, when I’m so close to our Lord, strong and sober (9year) from this insidious addiction. I have worked with Dr. Patrick Carnes personally, I was an inpatient of his in-patient recovery program, The Gentle Path (Meadows Recovery). I have read all of his books, also the book called ‘every man’s battle’ (the author escapes me, sorry). I’m active today in Dr. Carnes’ continuing recovery of the brain program. My interest in my step 12 life is to reach out to fellow Catholics, using the one book I use now for remaining in recovery, the Bible. I also use ‘The imitation of Christ’ as a foundational read for every day temptation and how to fight it. I have not found a ‘Catholic’ 12 step program, maybe until I found your site. We’ll see. Blessings to all, and I hope I can be a part of someone’s recovery, which will also be part of my continuing recovery. I have a new mission planned and I’ll blog it separately from this blog.
    Peace and serenity to all of your followers. PJ M

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