The Neuroscience of Self-Care: Stephen Kuhn Interviews Forest Benedict, SATP-C

Learn how self-care strengthens recovery

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“What’s the one piece of advice you would give to someone struggling with porn addiction?”

This was the question posed by Stephen Kuhn, author of “10 Lies Men Believe About Porn” when he interviewed me.

My answer may surprise you. I focused on the neuroscience of self-care because it is an essential, yet easily overlooked, component of a successful recovery plan. My explanation was adapted from the work of Dr Kelly McGonigal, applying it specifically to recovery from sexual addiction. To learn some powerful and simple ways to strengthen the self-control region of the brain, click here to watch or read the interview:

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Stephen Kuhn Interviews Forest Benedict of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley

Additional resources regarding self-care in recovery:

The Scary Side of Sugar: The Trick of Treats

The Neuroscience of Sleep: Strengthening the Brain to Resist Relapse

Exercise: Good for the Body, Great for…

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Join Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP-C on Live Radio Show Tonight at 6pm PST

A cool opportunity

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Join us tonight at 6pm PST! Carol the Coach will be interviewing Forest Benedict, LMFT, who a specialist in Sexual Addiction Treatment. Forest states, “As a therapist who specializes in the treatment of sexual addiction, the perspective that guides my work in attachment theory. From this viewpoint, sexual addiction is an attachment or intimacy disorder. When a secure attachment to a caregiver is not developed in early life, a person is more susceptible to addiction.”

In his book “Addiction as an Attachment Disorder”, Flores states it this way:

“No one ever escapes their need for satisfying relationships, and the degree to which we are unable to form healthy interpersonal intimacy determines the degree to which we are vulnerable to substitute [addiction] for human closeness” (p. 53).

Combine this lack of relational trust with the opportunity for a mood-altering experience, such as using pornography, and it is a formula for…

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Help Make History on July 14th – Congressional Briefing on “Pornography: A Public Health Crisis”

Help make history, standing for what is right

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You can help make history! Please take a minute to spread the word about this great event! Click on the link to quickly invite your representatives to attend and please SHARE this with your networks. The Movement is picking up momentum! “Abandoning passivity, we battle for those living now and those yet to be born!”

http://endsexualexploitation.org/briefing/#problem

Experts who are speaking at this event on the harms of pornography include:

DAWN HAWKINS – HOST & MODERATOR
Vice President & Executive Director, National Center on Sexual Exploitation
DONALD J. HILTON, MD – PORNOGRAPHY AND THE BRAIN: PUBLIC HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS
Neurosurgeon, University of Texas
ERNIE ALLEN ESQ. – “WHY IS FINDING A SOLUTION SO DIFFICULT?”
Former President & CEO, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, International Center for Missing & Exploited Children
SHARON COOPER, MD, FAAP – PORNOGRAPHY: SEX EDUCATION FOR THE DEVELOPING BRAIN
CEO, Development and Forensic Pediatrics
MELISSA FARLEY…

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