Group: Pornography recovery for teens
Working primarily with teens as I do, I feel the importance of staying informed on trends, fads and especially "at-risk" behaviors and/or issues that impact the lives of our youth today. One of the fastest growing issues is the viewing, sharing and, in some cases, even producing pornography. Today, porn use is more prevalent than ever, due, in large part, to its accessibility. These days, you can easily find pornographic material on your smart phone, tablet, or laptop.
Some may wonder, "what is the harm?" In its simplest terms, porn addiction is a type of behavioral addiction characterized by a compulsion to view pornographic material that leads to negative consequences in the user's life. Some of those consequences may include the loss of time being more productive, a diminished ability to establish/maintain healthy relationships with the opposite sex, an increase in feelings of guilt/shame associated with the behavior, exposing younger siblings to pornography, increased strain on family relationships and an increased chance that other, more risky behaviors could follow such as voyeurism, exhibitionism, etc.
I recognize the need for additional resources to combat this issue and I am currently making a waitlist available for a 12-week treatment group that will focus on combating this issue. I will have 8 spots available for the group and anticipate that it will run for 12 weeks. The most appropriate participants will be teen boys age 12-18. Depending on demand I may plan to re-start the group at the end of each 12-week cycle. I find that the group dynamic is a very supportive place for individuals and is a more "real" or "tangible" experience for teenage clients than something that is internet-based or simply taken from a self-help book. Group sessions are also more cost-effective ($40 per session) for families when compared to individual counseling sessions.
If you or someone you know is unable to stop viewing pornography and has experienced distress around it, treatment may be the best option. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions about the group or to be placed on the wait list.