Treatment Process

The program is divided into the following phases:
     Phase I:    Getting Started
     Phase II:   Recovery/Healing
     Phase III:  Advanced

The LifeStar program is designed to for both addicts and their partners.  Our dedicated therapists provide participants with the tools and support needed to find hope, healing, and lasting recovery from sexual addiction and sexually compulsive behaviors.  Simply stopping the behavior may not be enough to achieve lasting sobriety.  Our effective therapy addresses the underlying issues to create a permanent, long -lasting recovery.  Partners will experience a personal healing journey through group support of other partners and trained therapist direction.

PHASE I
Getting Started
Find Hope

What to Expect:
All participants (addict and partner) meet with facilitators for an orientation.
After orientation, 8 weekly group meeting start. Through a variety of materials and exercises, you will explore the nature of addictive behaviors, understand the visceral nature of relational trauma, and find hope for successful recovery and healing.
Addicts and partners attend Phase 1 together but will split into separate groups for a portion of each group meeting for an opportunity to process. Phase I is facilitated by two licensed counselor and utilizes workbooks that provide education and promote insight. 

Recovery is hard work and requires a willingness to be open and vulnerable. Those attending are asked to actively participate in the group process and to come with a non-judgmental attitude. Each individual chooses what and how much to share. 

Who Attends:
Addicts and their partners for the orientation
Addicts and partners attend group together but after the educational part of the group session, addicts and partners split into separate groups for the second half of the group session.

All participants will be screened prior to enrollment and asked to sign a confidentiality statement committing to not disclose the information they learn about other group participants before a group begins. 

8 weeks for Phase I.

PHASE II
Recovery
Learn Skills to Achieve Sobriety & Heal Trauma from the Sexual Betrayal

What to Expect:
Participants meet in a group format one time per week for 90 minutes for both therapeutic treatment and support to achieve sobriety.  Workbooks take the participants on a personal recovery journey leading to new behaviors, lasting lifestyle changes, and restoring trust for healthy intimate relationships.  Partners discover what they need to feel safe and recover trust in themselves and in the relationship.  

Who Attends:
Addicts and their partners meet in separate groups.

Participants typically continue with the same group members as in their previous Phase. 
​Confidentiality guidelines remain in effect.
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Approximately 6 to 12 months of group meetings.

PHASE III
Advanced
Build Lasting Recovery & Strengthen Relationships

What to Expect:
Participants are involved with treatment processes that address trauma, abuse, and neglect that may have contributed to the impulsive sexual behaviors previously used as a coping mechanism while focusing on building lasting recovery.  Partners continue their healing process while gaining a greater understanding and appreciation of their journey. 

Who Attends:
Addicts and their partners meet together and in separate groups.

Participants typically continue with the same group members as in their previous Phase.
​Confidentiality guidelines remain in effect.

​Length of Phase III various by individual.