Let’s Talk Trauma & Addiction – 2 New Podcasts

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Often those of us in recovery have survived a trauma-filled past. Whether it’s in the form of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, our past pains have a long-term impact on our lives and relationships.

This was certainly the case for me….and I’m starting to talk more openly about it these days.

In my two most recent podcast interviews, I had the opportunity to talk about my past pain in depth. If you’ve wondered about the link between trauma and addiction, I invite you to listen in:

Interview #1: Making an Addict podcast with sex addiction therapist D.J. Burr

Interview #2: Pure Sex Radio Podcast with Jonathan Daugherty of Be Broken Ministries
(Christian-based, much more trauma focused)

I hope you find these interviews enlightening and encouraging as you pursue your personal path from pain to purpose.

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, is the author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” me on this blog and on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook, subscribe to my Youtube channel, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

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Battling Lust at the Baseball Game (VLOG)

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For those who don’t struggle with compulsive lusting, this video won’t make sense. Those seeking recovery from lust addiction will get it. Are you committed to acknowledging your vulnerabilities and making a battle plan for success? If so, you’ll find my vulnerable VLOG on preparing to battle lust helpful.

Click here to watch Battling Lust at the Baseball Game

Wondering how the game went? To view the follow-up video click here

I invite you to subscribe to my Youtube channel to receive future videos on sexual addiction recovery and Life After Lust.

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, is the author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” me on this blog and on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook, subscribe to my Youtube channel, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

New VLOG – Healing Through Accountability

Accountability is an essential part of a successful recovery plan and yet so many people resist implementing it. Check out my recent vlog where I share about my experience with accountability and why it is such a powerful modality for healing.

Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” me on this blog and on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

For the Christian Choosing Digital Adultery (A Chapter from Life After Lust)

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Today another chapter of my book was released publicly on the Discipleship & Ethics blog. This is the only chapter of the book that is specifically aimed at challenging Christians who are struggling with sexual addiction. Check out the well-referenced article to learn:
1) Three ways pornography addiction harms marriages
2) Seven crucial strategies for finding freedom
Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” me on this blog and on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

Permission to Rest – Life After Lust VLOG

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In my newest VLOG episode I shared some insights about the importance of resting well. This is a significant challenge for me and I know I am not alone. Those of us in recovery are especially vulnerable to choosing to numb-out when non-addictive relaxation is what we really need. If you also struggle in this area, I invite you to check out the video and consider how you can increase rest and decrease numbing-out behaviors. I believe this is the path to much-needed physical, spiritual, and mental renewal. Resting effectively is an essential recovery skill.

Click HERE for Permission to Rest VLOG Episode 

If you found this video helpful, I invite you to check out my other videos and SUBSCRIBE to my Youtube channel. Thanks!

PS: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mothers out there!

Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” me on this blog and on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

My First Vlog Episode – Healthy Eating & Recovery

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Today I had the idea to start making videos to educate others on significant recovery concepts while letting them know about my book. So, I jumped in feet first despite my nervousness and here is my first VLOG!

After watching the above video I would love to hear about your experiences in this area. How has eating impacted your recovery (or life) and what changes would you like to make in this area that would improve your life?
Also, if you’d like to learn more on the topic of recovery, I invite you to subscribe to my Youtube channel.

Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” me on this blog and on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!