How to Heal Your Brain and Life from Sexual Addiction
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How to Heal Your Brain and Life from Sexual Addiction

Learn how Sexual addiction affects the brain, relationships, and quality of life AND how to heal from it.
4.8 (16 ratings)
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Last updated 1/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand what sexual addiction is and how it is similar to other addictions.
  • Understand the addiction cycle
  • Learn how pornography and sexually acting out behaviors affect the brain in similar ways as cocaine, heroin, or meth.
  • Gain greater understanding of how pornography and compulsive sexual behaviors affect relationships
  • Realize the impact of relational trauma
  • Explore the nature of relationship attachment and addictive behaviors
  • Increase awareness of how the family of origin may have impacted where you are today
  • Understand shame and develop tools to reduce shame
  • Learn better ways to increase healthy connection with the most important relationships in your life
  • Develop tools for recovery and healing
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  • We know that this is a sensitive issue. You will most likely experience some intense emotions as you take this course. That is one of the reasons why having an in-person group or individual therapist is recommended. The process is going to stir up thoughts, emotions, and memories that you may not want to experience. We ask that you trust the process. Our goal is to provide a safe place where healing can begin..
  • This course should not be construed or considered to be treatment. It provides educational content to better understand the nature and course of treatment for addiction and relationship trauma.

This course is for individuals who struggle with addiction as well as the family or partners of those who struggle with sexual addiction or similar compulsive behaviors. It is designed to give the basic platform for understanding addiction, how it got started and how to heal from it. It is the designed as a first step in the healing journey from an addiction that affects more than 1/3 of all marriages and 50% of American Households.

This introductory series will take about 2 - 3 hours to complete. There are lectures and small quizzes along with a helpful handout to aid in recovery. This course does not take the place of therapy. However it does provide an excellent starting point for recovery to begin.

Do not delay healing any longer. Enroll today.

Who is the target audience?
  • It is recommended that those in serious or committed relationships take this course together. However, single individuals or those whose partner is not interested in attending are also welcome to participate in the course.
  • This course is best suited for individuals and couples who are enrolled in an-person treatment group such as the Lifestar program. Information on the LIfestar Program can be found at Those who are not enrolled in an in-person treatment group can still gain valuable information from attending this course, but workbook materials discussed in the course will not be available.
  • This course is designed to help those struggling with compulsive sexual behaviors or for the loved one of someone who is struggling.
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
What is happening in the Brain
9 Lectures 01:29:22

Addiction is defined as: Using any substance or any behavior to numb pain or control how we feel, that cannot be stopped even in light of serious consequences and whose life becomes unmanageable as a result. In this lecture students will explore this definition further and gain greater clarity into what are the underlying causes of addiction.

Preview 19:51

See how well you learned about the addiction cycle and how sexual addiction affects the brain.

Addiction Defined
3 questions

The addiction cycle always starts with pain and then progresses to preoccupation followed by ritualization. Eventually, if the addict doesn't pull themselves out of the cycle, they will end up acting out. This only increases the pain and the shame they were originally feeling. The cycle starts over again.

Preview 06:13

How well do you remember the addiction cycle?

The Addiction Cycle
3 questions

    Students will learn about Dr. Daniel Amen's 6 types of addiction based on the different part of the brain.

    These are:

  1. Impulsive Type
  2. Compulsive Type
  3. Combined Type
  4. Sad Type
  5. Anxious Type
  6. Temporal Lobe Type

    Students will increase understanding that acting out is simply a way of trying to medicate parts of the brain that are not functioning properly.

Preview 14:03

Review the 6 types of Addiction

Six Types of Addiction
5 questions

Students will learn about Supernormal Stimulus and how that phenomenon also happens with humans. Students will see pictures of SPECT scans that show how addiction affects the brain.

Preview 10:58

This lecture explores some of the common signs of addiction. If you are wondering whether you have an addiction, take a look at how many of these you have experienced.

Preview 11:15

This brief lecture explores the difference between a relapse and a slip. After watching this video, students are encouraged to think about and write down what their bottom lines are. Students are also encouraged to take a look at what kind of triggers can lead a person to start slipping towards relapse.

Slips versus Relapse

We have explored how addiction affects the addict. Now let's explore how addiction affects the partner or significant other.

This is typically the wife or girlfriend of the addict, but not always. Sometimes, it is the female who is the addict and the male who is the partner. The issues discussed here can happen to either gender.

Preview 15:57

Students will learn the fundamental secret that significantly increases the chances of full recovery from addiction and trauma.

Preview 07:07

This article written by the instructor covers 10 strategies that the current pull-up world record champion used that an addict can also use in order to be successful!

10 Strategies to Find Success
4 pages
About the Instructor
Troy L. Love, MSW, LCSW
4.5 Average rating
22 Reviews
154 Students
4 Courses
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Troy serves as the President and Clinical Director of Courageous Journeys Counseling and Consulting Services. He has over 17 years of experience in the mental health field. Troy received his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, PA in 2000 and much of his training has focused on addiction recovery. Troy has also been trained in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy (EFT), the only research verified couples counseling model in existence. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements while participating in EFT.

Troy specializing in working with individuals trauma related concerns, couples struggling in their relationships, and individuals who numb their pain through compulsive or addictive behaviors. Troy also helps couples and individuals who are experiencing sexual issues that reduce the ability for physical intimacy.

Troy's clinical focus is to help individuals make the changes in their lives that they want to make while helping them remove the barriers, traumatic emotional responses, and belief systems that keep them stuck.

Troy is currently the Lead facilitator of the LifeStar Network, a sexual addictions program. Troy is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona Western College for over eight years. In addition, Troy is certified as a Human Resources Professional and has over six years of experience as a Leadership Consultant providing leadership coaching, conflict mediation, and strategic planning.