So You Are Looking for Treatment for Your Teen

A significant fact is that porn and sex addiction among teens is a relatively new problem—and fast growing! It is an urgent problem because teens are at a critical stage in their overall development. This addiction can seriously impair them emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. It casts a dark cloud over the prospect of their very future.

One mom, whom we’ll call Mrs. B, said this of her teen son: “Larry’s (not his real name) counselor recommends further treatment in addition to the current counseling for his sexual addiction. We’ve been in family therapy for months, but Larry continues to look at porn and make inappropriate contacts online. I feel sad that our 15-year-old son has such a severe addiction problem but I also feel relieved that he will soon be getting more intensive help.”

This mother is not alone in her situation. With the advent of the Internet, parents are finding it increasingly difficult to shield their teens from pornography. Consider these statistics:


72

Hours per week using electronic media—Internet, TV, games, music

87

Percentage of teens online

11

Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography

90

Percentage of 8-to-16-year-olds having viewed pornography online


The Intensive: A uniquely designed treatment for teens

Because teens have a special set of issues, they belong in treatment that is uniquely designed for them and with a competent professional. A Teen 3-Day Intensive is a special program designed to meet the unique needs of each participant. An intensive might be right for you if:

  • You have tried weekly sessions in outpatient therapy without success.
  • You need more than one or two sessions per week but less than inpatient or residential treatment.
  • You may want to determine if residential treatment is needed.
  • You want to quicken the healing and growth process.
  • You want to strengthen the focus on healing hurts and relationships.
  • You want to prevent a current problem from growing to the point of inpatient or residential treatment.
  • You have hit an impasse in your teen’s recovery.