Facing the Shadow - Men's Recovery Group
Facing the Shadow is a group of up to 8 men who meet weekly to work through the 7 Tasks of Recovery from Sexual Addiction. Groups are ongoing so clients are free to join anytime.
Tools to Stop
Participants will gain tools that can stop their unwanted compulsive behaviors so they can reclaim their lives and win back the trust of their loved ones. Over the course of the group participants will dismantle their addiction one piece at a time. Stopping sexual compulsivity is the first step to healing how the brain has been damaged by pornography and sexual acting out.
Many men think that if only they felt enough shame they would stop their behavior. But, that is simply not true. Paradoxically, it is the experience of acceptance in the midst of failure that leads to long lasting change. By taking risks to share honestly in a group those struggling with addiction can reduce the toxic shame that leads them to act out.
Inside every person who struggles with addiction is a lobbyist whose special interest is the addiction. The lobbyist works against the individual's best interest in the form of distorted thinking patterns. The group setting exposes the lobbyist and the distorted thinking patterns that keep the addiction in place.
For most, addiction grew out of our first group experience: our family. Like the grooves in river beds our family experiences washed over us and created deep grooves in our being. Some of the grooves may have been helpful but other grooves led us to addiction. Fortunate for us the part of the brain that deals with emotional/relational intelligence can be reshaped. Because we were shaped in a group experience it is through a group experience we can be reshaped.
The 7 Tasks for Men's Recovery from Sexual Addiction
- Break through Denial
- Understand the nature of addictive illness
- Surrender to the process
- Limit damage from behavior
- Establish sobriety
- Ensure physical integrity
- Participate in a culture of support