From the ICU: A Whirlwind Week & the Comfort of Connection

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I’m sitting in the pediatric ICU after a whirlwind week, starting with a Wednesday full of highs and lows. After a highly anticipated interview for the Fortify community including my first big announcement of my online groups, our 5 year old son was rushed by ambulance to the ER. He’s been in the ICU since then, suffering from a severe asthma attack and 2 viruses (the smoky California air can’t be helping either). Thankfully, his condition is improving. Right now he’s eating his first meal in over 48 hours! It’s been a difficult few days but we’re incredibly grateful for an outpouring of love from everyone around us. We welcome any love and light you’d like to send our son’s way.

Today in the hospital I had some downtime and wrote responses to questions posed in my Fortify interview. If you’re interested, you can go in and watch the recorded interview and check out those responses, which included content from my book and other shared perspectives. To do so for free, follow the instruction here.

Isn’t this how life is? One moment is brimming with joy, the next minute we’re suffering in uncertainty. In all of it, may we experience gratitude. These ups and downs mean we’re alive. And when others rally around us, there is comfort in connection.

 

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

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Fortify Interview Tomorrow: Learn How to Live Out Life After Lust

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I just finished my Fortify Webinar test for tomorrow and I am so excited! My interviewer Vinny is what I would call a new Superfan of Life After Lust and it is clear we are going to have a phenomenal conversation tomorrow packed with helpful hacks for recovery. Clay Olsen, a hero of mine who arranged this interview, also dropped by to say hello, which was such an honor. Wow, friends, this is actually happening!

To watch the interview for free tomorrow at 11am PST, you can sign up for Fortify here using the code forestfansfortifyfree (that PROMO code won’t be relevant until you upgrade to “Premium” – it gives you a free month of full access as well as access to the interview. You can cancel afterwards if you wish).

Join us tomorrow. If you miss it, look for the replay in the Fortify program.

May this interview infuse hope into those who don’t yet believe there is life after lust.

 

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

My Fortify Interview (Join Us Next Wednesday)

Fortify Interview

My Fortify interview is almost here! I am SO excited about this incredible opportunity next Wednesday at 12pm MST. I have deep respect for the Fight the New Drug team and cannot wait to contribute to their recovery community, strengthening those who struggle with key recovery hacks from my book Life After Lust.

To watch the interview for free, you can sign up for Fortify here using the code forestfansfortifyfree (that PROMO code won’t be relevant until you upgrade to “Premium” – it gives you a free month of full access as well as access to the interview. You can cancel afterwards if you wish).

Vinny, the Director of Fortify group, is interviewing me and he is loving my book so far so this will be super fun!

I hope you join us. This will be an amazing and encouraging online event.

 

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

Fearless Recovery

Fearless Recovery

“Essential Mindset #18: Rather than doing as little as possible, I will do as much as necessary to recover.” -Forest Benedict, Life After Lust

 

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Stronger Together

_We can do what I couldn't._-Alcoholics Anonymous

“When we join a group, we suddenly have a team working for the good of each player. We are stronger together.”
-Life After Lust, p 95
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Troy’s Trauma & Addiction Talk Now on YouTube

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If you missed this valuable talk last week by Troy L. Love, LCSW, SATP, Author of Finding Peace, it is now available on YouTube! This is a great lesson for those recovering from addiction and trauma. Also, to my surprise, Troy gave a shout out for Life After Lust in his talk!

This talk is packed with valuable information for those in recovery. Don’t miss it!

Click here to watch

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Free Sexual Addiction & Trauma Webinar This Friday (Plus Personal News)

Finding Peace CHS Webinar Troy Love

I am excited to invite you to an excellent webinar this Friday and share with you some very cool personal news. To learn more, check out my newest LifeSTAR Sacramento Blog post called FINDING PEACE FROM SEXUAL ADDICTION: FREE TRAUMA WEBINAR THIS FRIDAY.

I hope you can make it this Friday and March 8th as well! 😉

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Tools for Battling Fantasy, Lust, & Unwanted Thoughts

Staci Sprout, Quote Clouds Fantasy

Do you struggle with unwanted thoughts? Most of us do. If you want some help in this arena, start with reading the above quote by Staci Sprout. In Life After Lust, I provided many more strategies for battling lust. Which ones help you the most? What other strategies help you modify your thought patterns?

We can be free from the thoughts that tempt us to return to old, addictive, and self-destructive behavior. May we learn to let go of unwanted thoughts, replacing them with those that uplift and inspire us.

 

*Artwork created by Forest Benedict (aka Me)

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Mastering Self-Compassion

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Skill to Master #14: Self-compassion

How self-compassionate are you? I challenge you to make self-compassion a daily recovery practice. Click here for ideas on how to do this.

 

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

A Vision for the Younger Generation

Staci Sprout Protection Quote

Today as I thumbed through my copy of Staci Sprout’s memoir Naked in Public, I came across this amazing quote (above). It fits perfectly with the theme of Life After Lust and is truly a dream worth working towards. May we all do our part to create this reality.

If you believe in this powerful vision, please share this great quote with others.

 

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!