Resources in Overcoming Pornography
Some of the resources listed below can help individuals overcome a problem with pornography. Others are organizations who help in the fight against the continuing expansion of the availability of pornography. I have also created a handout I use in counseling adults and youth.
Addiction Recovery Program (arp.lds.org) is a program to help people overcome addictions with pornography, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, inappropriate sexual behavior, gambling, codependency, and eating disorders. It is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Learn more about the ARP program.
Candeo (candeocan.com) is a confidential, online program to help individuals overcome pornography addictions, using sound approaches to learning and behavior modification. Their Web-based education and support program provides a highly-successful recovery model developed and used by clinical therapists for more than a decade. They offer a free mini-course that explains some of the core principles taught in the Candeo program, including some of the training segments from the program.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints publishes the pamphlet Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts as online text, PDF, and a free printed pamphlet in dozens of languages. The website OvercomingPornography.org provides resources for individuals, spouses, parents, youth, and leaders on how to avoid pornography or overcome the effects of its use. You can also reach this site through the entry “Pornography” in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org. Learn more about the Overcoming Pornography website and other articles and videos.
Citizens Against Pornography (citizensap.org) is an organization of LDS people who focus on (1) raising awareness about the harms of pornography, (2) protecting standards of decency in our communities and (3) fortifying homes and families against the destructive and pervasive influence of pornography. They promote legislation to require Web site ratings, recommend filtering technologies to assist parents, and have developing a DVD and printed material to assist parents and others. Their Web site provides help for individuals, parents, and spouses.
Covenant Eyes (covenanteyes.com) is a Christian-based program to help your family stay clear of pornography. The strength of the program is that it combines filtering with a system of accountability. This program helps families escape the temptation by removing the secrecy of the Internet. Accountability software monitors and reports all Web activity to an Accountability Partner of your choice. The reports score Web sites to easily identify mature Web addresses, searches, and links. The full-featured filter may be used with the accountability service or by itself. You can choose which services are used by each person in your family: accountability, filtering, or both. They also offer Internet Accountability for the iPhone, iPod touch®, and iPad® and are developing applications for other mobile devices. For $8.99 a month, I think this is one of the strongest programs of its kind. I believe in their system so much that I’ve set up an affiliate relationship with them to help spread the word. Get 30 days free if you use the code SAINTS.
CP-80 Internet Channel Initiative (cp80.org) promotes the use of Internet channels (ports) to categorize and organize content on the Internet, creating separate channels for general-public content and mature content, such as pornography. The Web site provides information about the impact of pornography and free courses on the problems and solutions.
Cyber Secrets: The Problem of Pornography (byub.org/secrets) is a series of presentations given at a special conference sponsored by Women’s Services and Resources, a department of Student Life at Brigham Young University. The Web site offers the presentations in streaming audio or in print.
Fight the New Drug (FightTheNewDrug.org) is a grassroots, youth oriented, non-religious, non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the harmful effects of pornography. This youth-led movement focuses on the science and the demonstrable effects of pornography on the brain, relationships, and society. They offer a free program for youth struggling with pornography. Their global viral campaign attempts to build an army of young adults who will unite to decrease the demand for pornography. They invite you to help them spread the word to those around you. Sign up on their website to get involved, get educated, become a Fighter, and unite with others in the fight against pornography.
Internet Filtering and Accountability Programs. See K9 Web Protection (free), Internet Filter and Parental Control Software Reviews (free), x3watch.com (free and paid versions), OpenDNS (free and paid versions), Top Ten Reviews, Free Internet Filter Reviews, Content Watch (25% discount to LDSMediaTalk readers).
LDS Addiction Recovery Program (AddictionRecovery.lds.org) for alcohol, drugs, tobacco, coffee, tea, pornography, inappropriate sexual behavior, gambling, codependency, and eating disorders. The program is an LDS adaptation of traditional 12-step programs that have been used successfully for years. LDS Family Services runs these groups to assist individuals who desire freedom from addiction and a better life through gospel fellowship.
LDSMediaTalk (LDSMediaTalk.com) search for the word “pornography” to find various helpful blog posts.
Lighted Candle Society (lightedcandlesociety.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of moral values. Their Web site contains information about the evils and extent of pornography. They also offer a DVD and other materials.
National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families (nationalcoalition.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending biblical truth about sexuality. Their Web site has information about avoiding pornography and protecting children from it, as well as links to other organizations.
OvercomingPornography.org (OvercomingPornography.org) provides resources for individuals, spouses, parents, youth, and leaders on how to avoid pornography or overcome the effects of its use.
PornographyAddiction.com (PornographyAddiction.com) is a free resource with helpful articles about pornography addiction, videos that give perspective and advice, and forums to communicate with others working to overcome addiction.
Strengthen the Family (strengthenthefamily.net) is a non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen families and protect communities by helping them establish child-appropriate public display standards. The Web site has articles on the dangers of pornography and Internet safety ( including practical advice for parents) and articles on sexual addiction. Listen to a talk given at BYU education week in 2001 (see byub.org/findatalk and search for speaker “JoAnn Hamilton”).
Utah Coalition Against Pornography (utahcoalition.org) is a multi-faith community effort. Their Web site has information about education, statistics, and links to helpful sites. They also provide conferences and helpful materials.
Women for Decency (womenfordecency.org) is a grass-roots statewide women’s organization. Their Web site contains online articles and references to other resources. They also engage in political action.
Free Educational Resources
- An Introduction to Parents about Online Safety
- Are You Addicted to the Internet? Questions to ask the potential addict
- Is Your Teen Addicted to the Internet?
- What is Cyberbullying?
- Addressing Pornography Temptations in Your Church