Why LifeSTAR

 

WHY LIFESTAR IS BETTER THAN AN ONLINE PROGRAM

Why LifeSTAR-vs-Online (Printable Version)

Pornography leads people into a fantasy world that is disconnected from real life and real relationships.

The fantasy of pornography is a compelling and seductive element that makes stopping very difficult. Because of the fantasy element of pornography it is important that treatment is provided through authentic experiences with others and connected to everyday life. Doing treatment online or in other isolated ways keeps the recovering individual disconnected from the very thing that is needed most – real face to face relationships that are supportive and affirming.

  1. You will receive program support, as the addict or the partner
    LifeSTAR is the only program we know of that provides comprehensive treatment for both the addict and partner. Our couples learn to fight the addiction together and heal together. After all, as humans we’re stronger together.
  2. We help you combat ISOLATION.
    Sexual addiction is an intimacy disorder that includes problems with honesty, isolation, and withdrawing from others. We offer human contact and human contact is healing. Simply showing up and making eye contact with others in a supportive environment is highly therapeutic for those in recovery.
  3. You will receive a complete assessment.
    Addicts and partners often struggle with other conditions, such as ADHD, depression, PTSD, anxiety, other addictions. Many of these conditions contribute to the severity of the presenting issues for both individuals. At LifeSTAR our trained professionals will help you complete a full assessment. Knowing the scope of your difficulties is a positive step towards recovery.
  4. You can experience healing, not just learn about it.
    Recovery is a full-mind/body/emotional experience. It requires restoring trust and reconnecting to oneself and others is something that can’t be done by merely passing along good information. LifeSTAR is much more than the workbooks and handouts the program provides. You won’t just be taught. We help you learn, feel and have a new experience with yourself and others. You will learn how to release shame, have confidence in yourself and connect to others. Healing requires real people in a real building having real exchanges with each other. We provide that to you at LifeSTAR.
  5. You’ll have a treatment program that’s customized for you.
    For a problem as complex and far-reaching sexual addiction, a one size-fits-all approach to treatment doesn’t work. In LifeSTAR you will have a treatment plan that informed and customized by a therapist that knows and understands what you’re up against.
 

WHY LIFESTAR IS BETTER THAN OTHER ADDICTION RECOVERY PROGRAMS

Why LifeSTAR-vs-Traditional (printable version)

Some cases of sexual addiction are not completely overcome with traditional intervention.  LifeSTAR offers these affected addicts and couples an option that is designed to deal with even the most resistant conditions.  Recovering addicts and couples see that both the length and the depth of the LifeSTAR program will be there as long as is needed.

At LifeSTAR

1. Couples will receive program support, as the addict or the partner.
LifeSTAR is the only program we know of that provides comprehensive treatment for both the addict and partner. Our couples learn to fight the addiction together and heal together. After all, as humans we’re stronger together.

2. Couples receive insightful, phased treatment.
As a recovering couple or addict, there are 3 real needs. 1) a hope for lasting recovery, 2) tools to understand and control behavior, and 3) an understanding of and healing from the causes of the addiction.  At LifeSTAR, the Phase I program teaches individuals to hope and then to know that lasting recovery is possible.  Phase II teaches you tools and methods to achieve sobriety.  Phase III helps affected individuals tune into the cause of the addiction.  It allows healing from trauma, freedom from toxic shame and helps those recovering to achieve true and lasting freedom from sexual addiction.

3. Both spouse and addict can experience healing, not just learn about it.
Recovery is a full mind/body/emotional experience. It requires restoring trust and reconnecting to oneself and others.  Sometimes this can’t be done by only sharing good information. LifeSTAR is much more than the workbooks and handouts the program provides. You won’t just be taught, you will have a new experience with yourself and others. You will learn how to release shame, have confidence in yourself and connect to others. Healing requires real people having real face to face exchanges with each other. We provide that at LifeSTAR.

4. We help combat ISOLATION.
Sexual addiction is an intimacy disorder that includes problems with honesty, isolation, and connection with others. We offer human contact, in-group interaction between participants, and accountability in our programs.  Each of these is critical to promoting full recovery. Participants develop respect for and lasting relationships with each other that promote healing, and frequently last long after treatment has ended.

5. You’ll have a treatment program that’s customized for you.
For a problem as complex and far-reaching sexual addiction, a one size-fits-all approach to treatment doesn’t work. In LifeSTAR you will have a treatment plan that informed and customized by a therapist that knows and understands what you’re up against.

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