Pornography is a threat. Most of us hear the word "addiction" and think of drugs - not images. However, the images portrayed in pornographic material are addictive, and the threat of pornography addiction is rising in the United States.
This page is meant to be a resource for those who are currently struggling with an addiction to pornography. There are also resources available for concerned spouses, parents, and other loved ones.
Disclaimer... listing does not mean these are endorsed by Healthy Sandy or their partners.
Safety Net - Resources to Protect Your Family from Pornography
Organizations Against Pornography
"LifeSTAR is a three-phase treatment program aimed at helping individuals who struggle with pornography addiction and unwanted sexually compulsive behaviors. The phases of treatment build on one another providing a long-term and comprehensive approach to eliminating addictive/compulsive sexual behaviors.
"LifeSTAR is a nationally recognized treatment program run by licensed therapists who are trained in sexual addiction recovery. Participants receive workbooks and other materials to help them through the recovery process. The phases are specifically designed to gently uncover and heal patterns that create and maintain addictive behaviors.
"The primary feature setting LifeSTAR apart from other treatment programs is the support offered to spouses and partners of addicts. A major focus in each of the three phases is providing spouses and partners with educational information and tools that help in the healing process. Couples are encouraged to attend together, but single adults and those who are married but would rather come alone are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
"LifeSTAR provides participants with a combination of group therapy, education, tools, and resources to help overcome unwanted sexually compulsive behaviors. Partners receive strong support and guidance as to how they can best manage their life as they live with someone struggling with sexual addiction."
"The Utah Coalition Against Pornography (UCAP) was founded in 2000 under the direction of The Most Reverend George H. Niederauer, former Bishop of the Utah Catholic Dioceses, and Steven D. Kohlert, former Public Affairs Chairman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. UCAP is a state-wide organization represented by individuals and organizations who promote community standards in the fight against pornography. UCAP serves individuals, parents, spouses, youth leaders, community leaders, ecclesiastical leaders, professionals and community organizations.
"The Utah Coalition Against Pornography (UCAP) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, which is comprised of diverse religious, social, and cultural groups offering leadership, education, and resources to organizations seeking to combat the harmful effects of sexually explicit material on individuals, children and families. The main purpose in bringing together these organizations in combating pornography, is to provide resources, information, and hope to the community, individuals, and families.
"The Coalition convenes opportunities each year for the various organizations and members to come together and discuss their ideas, projects, and goals related to pornography issues.
"UCAP's main educational program is an annual conference on "Protecting Children and Families from Pornography and Other Harmful Material." In addition to the annual conference, UCAP sponsors educational meetings for parents and students at Jr. High & High Schools throughout Utah; provides educational materials, such as DVD's, books; and, resources, such as links to reputable therapists, programs and tools.
This website is a resource to those interested in actively fighting against accessible pornography. It includes various articles aiming to help those struggling with an addiction and educational information. Particularly prominent on the site is information related to stopping the development of Sexual Oriented Businesses in your community. The site gives visitors valuable tips in engaging with government leaders in order to make your voice heard on this issue.
This website is a collection of sermons and articles written from a Christian viewpoint, aimed to explain the dangers of pornography. They also share success stories of addiction recovery, as well as resources for those that are currently struggling.
Resources for those with Pornography Addiction
The Light a Candle Society is a registered nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate the threat of pornography. The website contains a variety of action programs aimed to help those with an addiction as well as proactive ways to fight the public display of pornography. Also, members of the lighted candle society can choose to receive monthly newsletters to stay informed.
Freedomfrompornaddiction.com includes a quitting program for those that suffer from an addiction. Users can create free, confidential accounts where they receive helpful and encouraging messages and resources. There is also a collection of reviews and testimonials of other programs. This is a primarily Christian resource.
This resource is for those interested in fighting pornography addiction. If you are suffering from an addiction to pornography, this site contains facts on the harmful effects of pornography, as well as resources to help get over your addiction.
This is a 21-day program geared to help those with a pornography addiction. You can contact them via email, a phone call, or an anonymous live chat online. The program is part of the Theta Welness Center, with locations in Sandy, Salt Lake City, Provo, and Idaho Falls, ID.
Additional support for those battling pornography addiction may be available from counselors and therapists in the Sandy area. Numerous websites list therapists, counselors, social workers, psychologists and other resources who offer support in this area.
Internet Filtering Support
Wikihow.com is a public site (similar to Wikipedia) when the public can contribute to community articles. This article is the collection of community suggestions on how to filter pornographic websites on your own personal computer.
Contentwatch provides a variety of website filtering programs dedicated to filter out pornographic websites. Contentwatch includes products for the home, school, or business.
A non-profit foundation that brings together technology options and integrates them into a package that can block unwanted material from your home or business computers.
A website listing the top-ten internet filters in the market.
Faith Based Resources
Choosing Joy! is a spiritually-centered mental health practice, designed especially for Latter-Day Saints and other Christians. Our goal is to help you find authentic, lasting resolution of anxiety, depression, troubled relationships, and addictions.
This resource, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints, contains a database of articles and links meant to help those with a pornography addiction. There is also a great supply of resources for the families and loved ones of those affected by an addiction.
Covenant Eyes is a filtering program you can download on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. This helps parents to monitor what those in their household are viewing/accessing on the internet. Via a master dashboard, the administrator (usually a parent) can see what words have been types into search engines and what questionable videos have been viewed on sites like YouTube. You can also set how many hours in a day a certain family member is allowed on the internet.
This article gives practical tips toward fighting the battle with pornography.
A number of ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are considering a new way to fight pornography.
Statistics on pornography usage and reach in the United States and abroad.
In this article, the different stages of pornography addiction are discussed, as well as various lies that are propagated in pornography. Support for recovery is also displayed through Christian principles.