In the world we live in today, pornography is readily available and young people are exposed to it in record numbers. It is estimated that before age 18, 90% of boys and 60% of girls are exposed to pornography (http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/). As we learn more about how pornography affects the brain, it has become evident that pornography acts much like a drug and is highly addictive. Young people who excessively use pornography may experience deep feelings of shame, depression, and a negative self-image; they may find themselves unable to stop despite the consequences.
If you have discovered that your teenager has been exposed to pornography or is making habitual unhealthy sexual choices, YouthSTAR offers help and hope. Our program is designed to help young people heal from addictions to pornography, compulsive masturbation, and other compulsive sexual behaviors. In YouthSTAR, trained therapists guide adolescents through classes, workbooks, and therapy experiences that are focused on healing sexually addictive behavior and dealing with the underlying causes. We also provide a parent education component, teaching parents how they can best support their teenager throughout the program and the rest of their life.
If you know or suspect your teenager is experiencing these types of challenges, we encourage you to call us. Providing your child with the support they need now will make a lasting difference in their lives, for generations to come.