Internet addiction support group
Addiction research & treatment
Open self-help discussion
An online porn email forum
Resource and Recovery Sites:
Gentle Path Press, The only publisher we know of that specializes in sexual addiction.
Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)
The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) offers hope and valuable resources to those seeking information about sexual addiction. The General Information section of our site is an excellent place to begin. If you wish, you can take a self-scoring test on sexual addiction. If you have come here looking for a therapist for the treatment of sex addiction, our professional members may be able to help you.
Features a complete 12-step resource website. You can listen to the Big Book or AA in free streaming audio format. Listen with your Real Player or Windows Media Player!
An anonymous message board where people can discuss their struggle with Pornography Addiction, whether it is a personal addiction or someone else’s addiction.
A useful site with some good tools. Also has some videos for recovery.
Sex Addiction Treatment Center (Pia Melody, Claudia Black, Terrance Real, and others).
Dr. Patrick Carnes’ newest treatment program for sex addiction; a Gentle Path at Pine Grove, in Hattiesburg, MS.
This is a good treatment center in the Dallas area for sex addiction. Their prices are good, and they believe in longer treatment in general, and have good follow up.
Designed to help recovering people all around the world connect with each other. It can be a very useful tool when we travel. You can log onto this site and find people in recovery wherever you are.
Help with alcoholism, drugs, codependency, smoking, sex, porn and other addictions.
Under the direction of John Sealy, M.D. Del Amo offers a recovery program from Sexual Addiction and Sexual Offending Behaviors. Del Amo addresses problems in neurochemistry, post-traumatic stress, maladaptive behaviors, multigenerational patterns of dysfunction and destructive cultural beliefs. The need for medical evaluation and treatment is also addressed. The program is designed to be challenging yet humanistic in its approach to treatment by utilizing a variety of modalities to accomplish treatment objectives including a strong 12-step and family component. Goals of the program are to assist patients in taking responsibility, increasing victim empathy, establishing clear personal boundaries, developing relapse prevention plans, developing alternative behaviors, eliminating denial systems and gaining integrity and a true sense of self. 800.533-5266
The Sexual Recovery Institute provides Southern California residents with outpatient sexual addiction group and individual treatment and also offers short-term, intensive outpatient programs for out-of-state and international patients. We also treat spouses and couples for sexual addiction.
An online recovery support community for people in or recovering from a relationship with a sex/love/porn addict.
The Center for Healthy Sex (Los Angeles) treats a broad spectrum of sexual disorders including; sex addiction, low sexual desire and sexual dysfunction. The clinical staff of CHS offers intensive individual and group psychotherapy.
Located in San Francisco. Provides the highest standards of psychological assessment and clinical treatment to those individuals (adults, adolescents, and children) suffering from the devastating effects of impulse disorders, addictions, out-of-control behaviors, and/or learning differences and their partners and families. We work to create a non-judgmental, non-shaming, and safe environment so the individual and their loved ones can begin to trust in themselves and fully accept their problems, free to move beyond the secrets into a meaningful, and fulfilling life.
Written by psychologist David Bissette from Washington, DC, this site includes a special section on sexual addiction with articles for recovering people and family and friends, suggestions on getting an internet filter, and numerous worksheets and helps for recovery.
Addicted to cybersex?
(This looks legitimate to us, however we have not investigated it and offer no guarantee that it is legitimate – so please be aware that if you enter into this person’s research its at your own risk)
Researcher is looking for people interested in sex via the Internet! Rather than looking for a virtual tête-à-tête, I am looking for people who would like to share and discuss their experiences with me. Using cybersex can be a healthy complement to your offline sexual life. Some people, however, experience problems in relation to their cybersex use. In the context of my doctoral research, I am conducting a study that aims at exploring the virtual context of Internet sexual behaviors and the experience of addiction to engaging in sexual behaviors on the Internet. Do you use social networking sites, chat rooms, messengers or websites containing adult material to engage in cybersex? Do you have an overwhelming urge to use the Internet for sex? Do you spend increasingly more time using the Internet for sex? Do you avoid negative feelings by using the Internet for sex? Do you feel irritated, anxious, angry or disappointed when you can’t use the Internet for sex? Do you experience any problems because of your cybersex use, such as problems with your partner or problems at work/university? If you think that any of these questions apply to you or your friends or partner, I would like you to participate in my research. If you agree, I will ask a series of questions about your own experience of using the Internet for sexual purposes. This includes the kinds of Internet sites you use, how you feel when using cybersex and if you think that your online behaviors are causing problems in your real life. The interview will be conducted online using chat and/or messengers. Your data are absolutely anonymous and confidential. Also, I will use your information only for the purpose of this research. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in participating and if you have any questions or comments. You will find my contact details below. Your participation is voluntary and I appreciate your time and honesty very much! I am looking forward to hearing from you! My contact details:
Daria J. Kuss
Tel: + 44 (0) 758 741 8820
Supervisor: Dr. Mark D. Griffiths, Tel. + 44 (0)115 848 2401
International Gaming Research Unit
Nottingham Trent University
Chaucer Building, Goldsmith Street
Nottingham NG1 4BU, UK
Have you been affected by sex addiction?
Perhaps you’re a recovering addict , or are in a relationship with an addict? We are producing a documentary on Sex Addiction for the National Geographic Channel and are seeking those affected by the disorder and their partners to be interviewed for the programme. We are seeking to understand the problems that sex addicts face and how they overcome them with the help of counselors, therapy and self-help groups. Our aim is to shed light on this “hidden” addiction by letting the participants tell their story and hopefully help other addicts in a similar situation. Participants will be treated with the utmost respect and confidentiality and will be supported to share their experiences. We have strict procedures in place to maintain anonymity and names and identities will be withheld upon request. If you are interested in taking part, we would love to hear from you. Please email us with your contact details and convenient times to reach you and we will call you back:
Questionnaire for Research (posted 2-22-10):
Are you male? Are you age 21 or older? Do you have sex with men? Do you have sex a lot?
If you answered Yes to these questions, then consider participating in an on-line Internet study. Why? Because we want to learn more about the experiences of men like you to create an on-line and in-person peer education training program. Then peer educators can assist men just like themselves in being as safe as possible—reducing the risk of transmitting HIV, etc…. How? We need study participants to complete an on-line survey (15-25 minutes) and review an on-line HIV/AIDS prevention peer education training curriculum (10-15 minutes). The whole activity should take about 25-40 minutes of your time, depending upon you. What can you win? The first 200 people to complete the survey will be entered into a random drawing where there is a 3 in 200 chance of winning a bar coded gift certificate ($100, $100, $50) for Amazon.com.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XW65QQN and participate in an online study for adult men who have sex with men (a lot). THANK YOU!
Ty Barrett, Doctoral Candidate;
Global HELP – Health and Education Leadership Program, Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College Columbia University, Box 114, 525 W120th Street, New York, New York Tvb2002@columbia.edu
Barbara C. Wallace, Ph.D., Director,
Global HELP – Health and Education Leadership Program, Department of Health and Behavior Studies
Teachers College Columbia University, Box 114, 525 W120th Street, New York, New York
Study Contact Number: 267-269-7411; Bcw3@columbia.edu
(posted 4-27-09) Cameron Miller, a doctoral candidate at the San Francisco Bay Area campus of Argosy University, is conducting a study of the effects of early attachments and parenting styles on adult sexual addiction. If you are (or someone you know is) in recovery and therapy for sexual addiction, you are invited to participate in this study. Participants will be asked to read and sign a consent form, be interviewed over the phone (5-10 minutes) and fill out an online questionnaire, in which you will be asked about your thoughts, feelings and experiences regarding early attachments with caregivers, your relationships and sexual addiction, which will take approximately 30-45 minutes. This study will be begin on May 5th, 2009 and will continue through June 29th, 2009. If you are interested in participating in this study, please call me at (309) 798-7061 or email me at CameronMiller84@gmail.com. Thank you. Cameron Miller
ReadyToQuit includes information on addiction categories such as sex, nicotine, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, prescription drugs, gambling and eating disorders.
Focused on understanding and treating an addictions in general.
Linda Hudson is an Atlanta-based sex addiction specialist who runs intensive outpatient workshops that last a week or less. Hudson Consulting’s workshops focus on restoring sexual health, and improving family and couples relationships. She also has a good list of sex addiction resources on her site.
The Lifetime television movie of the memoir, Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey Through Sexual Addiction, will premiere Saturday, April 19 2008, and stars Sally Pressman and David James Elliott. It will air again on Monday, May 26, at 9 pm Eastern time (but check local listings) as well as on Tuesday, June 3, at noon Eastern time (check local listings).
The book is now out in paperback (in bookstores or at http://www.amazon.com/Love-Sick-Journey-through-Addiction/dp/0393333000/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207663677&sr=8-1 )
http://www.soberrecovery.com/ This site is mostly about drug and alcohol addiction
National resources for sexual recovery
There are 12 step recovery meetings daily in numerous cities throughout the U.S. for sexual addicts and their partners. The list below gives a brief description of the programs, their focus and attendance. Local information hotline numbers can provide specific meeting information.
How to contact and attend a 12 step sexual recovery meeting:
Some meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend, while others are “closed to members only” or are gender specific. It is best to check ahead by calling a local hotline number, this will help determine the best choice of meeting. The hotline numbers will usually confidentially take your name and call you back with meeting information or provide a recorded announcement.
Here are the basic 12 Steps:
- We admitted we were powerless over addictive sexual behavior – that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God* as we understood God*.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God*, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other sex addicts and to practice these principles in our lives.
*For people who have trouble with the word God or Higher Power, it is often suggested to think of the group of people in the program as your Higher Power. You do not have to believe in God to be part of any 12-step program. You can have any beliefs you have and still participate.
Sex Addicts Anonymous (S.A.A.)
PO Box 70949
Houston, TX 77270 San Francisco Bay Area Site: http://bayareasaa.org/
San Francisco Bay Area Online Meeting List:
An international 12 Step program which encourages participants to define their sexual sobriety through the boundaries of a “Sex Plan” which is evolved by working with other recovering members. Population is mixed, primarily men, bi-, homo-, and heterosexual with some female attendance.
SAA Online & Phone Meetings -NEW!
There are Online meetings (via computer), Phone meetings and Telemeetings. This website explains how to participate in each.
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (S.L.A.A.)
1550 NE Loop 410, Ste 118
San Antonio, TX 78209
General Questions/Meeting Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Order Queries: email@example.com
Website Questions Only: firstname.lastname@example.org
San Francisco – East Bay Website:
San Francisco Bay Area Online Meeting List:
Sobriety is self defined. Open to men and women, straight, gay and bisexual.
SLAA Online Meetings
Check out this site for SLAA online meetings
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (S.C.A.)
P.O. Box 1585, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10011
12 Step program found in major urban areas nationally. Participants define their sexual sobriety through the boundaries of a “Sex Plan” which is evolved by working with other recovering members.
Sexaholics Anonymous SA
P.O. Box 3565
Brentwood, TN 37024
Phone: (615) 370-6062
Toll-free: (866) 424-8777
Fax: (615) 370-0882
Sobriety= No sex outside of legal marriage relationship. Lust is the addiction. No sex with ones-self.
Sexual Recovery Anonymous SRA
P.O. Box 1296
Redondo Beach, CA, 90278
Sobriety= No Sex Outside of Mutually-Committed Relationship, which includes freedom from masturbation.
S-Anon International Family Groups
P.O. Box 111242
Nashville, TN 37222-1242
Co-Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, (CO-S.L.A.A.)
A 12 step program of recovery for family, friends, and significant others whose lives have been affected by a sex and love addict. Not open to sex and love addicts.
COSA National Service Organization
Post Office Box 14537
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Groups for partners and family members. Codependents of Sex Addicts (C.O.S.A.)
Recovering Couples Anonymous (R.C.A.)
World Service Organization of RCA
P. O. Box 11029
Oakland, CA 94611
HIV Anonymous; great website and online meetings and more for people with HIV.
12 Step program which helps partners who are addicts or co-addicts work on issues of commitment, intimacy and mutual recovery, with a focus on improving the significant other bonds. All couples, married, non-married, homosexual or heterosexual are welcome.
Groups for Sexual Trauma Survivors
Survivors of Incest Anonymous (S.I.A.)
P.O. Box 21817
Baltimore, MD 21222
Incest Survivors Anonymous (I.S.A.)
P.O. Box 17245
Long Beach, CA 90807
*not to be used as a hotline, answering machine only
Sexual Assault Recovery Anonymous (S.A.R.A.)
P.O. Box 16
Surrey, BC, V35 424 CANADA
Web Pornography Filters
One of the best sites on the internet to stay current with the software products.
David Bissette’s page on selecting internet filters.
Not really a filter, but an accountability tool that can work better than a filter. All Internet activity on your computer will be monitored by their servers and periodically passed on to the accountability partners you choose in the signup procedure. The list is scored specifically for pornography. Internet access is never blocked. They also provide porn filters now.
Provides Internet Protection software, including parental controls and internet filtering software, computer cleaning utilities, anti-phishing controls, and more.
Problem Pornography’s self-exclusion program will help stop you, your child, or your significant other from accessing pornographical web sites by filtering your existing web connection. This powerful Internet blocking service will guard your computer from any content providing adult content of a sexual nature. Problem Pornography.com will not provide a subscriber with an uninstallation key during an active exclusion period. However, you may cancel your service subscription and after the exclusion period expires the filter will automatically become inactive.
An internet filtering service designed to help pornography and sexual addicts. What makes the service special is that most filters on the internet today are easily turned off, removed, or uninstalled offering the addict no protection in their time of weakness. This service is secure and cannot be turned off or removed without calling the technical support service. In the account you can dedicate removal only with the permission of a particular person, creating a secure back-up in times of weakness.
In the News
SF Chronicle interview with Drew Tillotson on Porn Addiction:
A directory of counselors treating sex addicts and their partners.
Provides categorized links to various topics in psychology. Links are categorized as Information for Professionals, Students and Mental Health Resources for the General Public.