About LifeStar Therapy
Get Help With Porn & Sex Addiction
Premiere IOP for Treating Sexual and Pornography Addiction
We believe recovery from pornography addiction and other compulsive sexual behaviors is possible. In fact, we know it’s possible.
For over 20 years, we have been helping individuals, spouses, and families heal from the devastating effects of pornography addiction and other sexually compulsive behaviors. This innovative intensive outpatient program along with our proven three-phase treatment gives participants the resources, support, and structure needed to experience a successful recovery from the damaging effects of pornography and sexual addiction.
Our intensive outpatient program is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our IOP has helped local residents in Utah with their pornography and sexual addiction. We also work with non residents located all over the country with our sexual addiction treatment.
We are an internationally recognized treatment program in nearly 40 Cities across the U.S. and Canada. Developed by Dan Gray and Todd Olson, LifeStar is run by highly trained and licensed therapists who specialize in sexual addiction recovery.
Each phase of recovery is specifically designed to gently uncover, yet aggressively heal, the destructive patterns that create and maintain addictive behaviors. Workbooks, along with other materials, help provide education and structure throughout the different phases of treatment.
Whether you are the individual with the addiction or the spouse or partner of an addict, we have a plan that will help get people on the road to recovery.
What Is Porn Addiction?
Porn addiction is a type of behavior addiction, such as gambling addiction or food addiction. In this type of addiction, a person engages in an activity over and over, even though there are negative consequences associated with the behavior. This type of addiction manifests itself very similarly to substance addiction.
Signs & Symptoms of Porn Addiction
Porn addiction can manifest itself differently in different people, but most addicts will exhibit at least a few of the following traits:
- Inability to stop viewing porn, despite a desire to do so
- Strong cravings for porn
- Lack of interest in sex
- Losing track of time while viewing porn
- Leading a “double life” or lying about the behavior
- Losing attraction to partner
- Losing interest in other daily activities, like work, exercise, or social activities
- Becoming angry or distracted, or experiencing physical pain
The Effects of Porn Addiction
The effects of a porn addiction are similar to the effects of substance abuse, even though the person is not consuming drugs or alcohol. Here are some of the common side effects of porn addiction:
- Relationships with loved ones are damaged
- Loss of trust with loved ones
- Lying to cover up addiction
- Becoming unproductive because of the amount of time spent viewing porn
- Needing more time to view porn or needing more explicit porn to get the same thrill
- Feeling powerless
- Neglecting relationships and other duties
Common Withdrawal Symptoms
Overcoming a porn addiction is a long journey, full of highs and lows. As with any addiction, withdrawal from viewing pornography will come with very real physical and mental side effects. Some common withdrawal symptomsinclude:
- Inability to sleep
- Feeling stressed, anxious, or irritable when not viewing porn
- Headaches and pain in muscle joints
- Mood swings
- Frustration and short temper
- Pornographic flashbacks
- Sexual cravings
- Urges to masturbate
- No desire to have sex
- Avoiding social situations
How Do You Stop an Addiction?
Whether dealing with porn addiction, other behavioral addiction, or substance addiction, the steps to stop the addiction look the same. Here are the steps to porn or sex addiction help:
- Make the decision to change.
- Prepare to make the change.
- Get porn addiction treatment:
- Behavioral therapy
- Couples therapy
- Cope with withdrawal symptoms.
- Avoid relapses by understanding triggers and weaknesses.
- Avoid replacement addictive behaviors.
- Repair relationships.
How Can You Help an Addict?
A person struggling with a porn addiction needs love and support from family and friends to successfully overcome the addiction. Though it is tempting to withdraw love or make ultimatums, this may only exacerbate the issue and further damage relationships. Here are some tips for how to aid in porn addiction help:
- Show sympathy.
- Let them know you’re there to talk.
- Set boundaries.
- Learn more about addiction.
- Go to porn addiction counseling.
- Be forgiving.
- Set realistic expectations.
- Don’t enable the behavior.
- Take time for yourself.
- Keep communication lines open.
- Encourage them to get help for porn addiction.
- Don’t blame yourself.
Do I Need Health Insurance to Receive This Service?
No, you do not need health insurance to receive this service. LifeStar Therapy offers an Intensive Outpatient Program in Salt Lake City, and non-residence can participate in our treatment program in 40 cities across the country. You can find a LifeStar provider near you and pay out of pocket for our recovery program. Register for our Intensive Outpatient Program today.
Will My Information Be Kept Confidential?
Yes, Lifestar Therapy is dedicated to help with porn addiction by offering hope and healing. We keep all addiction recovery confidential. All participants are required to sign a confidentiality statement, promising to protect the privacy of everyone participating in the Lifestar program.
- How to Help Someone Addicted to Porn
- How to Rebuild Trust in a Relationship [After Porn Addiction]
- How to Quit Porn [Once & For All]
- Why Are People Addicted to Porn?
“For me, IOP was a critical tool and opportunity to learn to battle and persevere on the road to recovery. It was an incredible and positively shifting experience that will help me out for the rest of my life.” -Kevin
“The counselors are experts in addiction and have a unique way of presenting their material. I would recommend LIfeStar IOP to anyone who is serious about wanting help with their addiction.” – Allen
“They knew what I was going through and how to help. Their faith-based program taught me how important God was to my recovery and to my entire life. I would recommend the LifeStar Intensive Outpatient Program to my best friend.” -Steve
Todd Olson: Program Director and Cofounder: LCSW
Todd Olson is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, codependency, and trauma.
He has a master’s degree in social work. His private practice includes individuals, couples, and group therapy and he is frequently called to lecture nationwide on sexual addiction and recovery issues.
He is the program director and cofounder of LifeSTAR Network, which provides help for individuals and couples who are dealing with problems related to sexual addictions and compulsive behaviors.
He is married and the father of five children. His favorite pastimes include supporting his kids in their activities and doing anything outdoors, especially riding his horses.
Dan Gray: Clinical Director and Cofounder: LCSW, CSAT
Dan Gray is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in addictions counseling.
He has a master’s degree in social work and is a CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist). He is also certified as an addictions counselor with the National Association of Forensic Counselors. He maintains a busy private practice, lecturing regularly and providing training and consultation to numerous civic, religious, and professional organizations throughout the country.
He is the clinical director of the LifeSTAR Network program, which provides help for individuals and couples who are dealing with problems related to sexual addictions and compulsive behaviors. He has co-authored and edited 2 books: Confronting Pornography: A Guide to Prevention and Recovery for Individuals, Loved Ones, and Leaders and Discussing Pornography Problems with a Spouse: Confronting and Disclosing Secret Behaviors. Dan is married and the father of four. He enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, biking, and basically, anything outdoors.