"When I entered LifeSTAR I felt like there was little to no help for me.  I thought that I was a disgusting human being, having struggled with my addiction to pornography for the last 17 years of my 31 year life.  I was on the brink of losing everything, my wife and family, my job. This was not who I wanted to be, but it was who pornography and addiction made me to be. A friend referred me to LifeSTAR. Starting a new program was scary at first, the fear was not as great as the relief and strength I gained each week.  LifeSTAR saved my life.  I am forever grateful to the people at LifeSTAR for showing me that I do have worth and value, despite my struggles and imperfection. Thank you LifeSTAR!!"

Recovering, Name Withheld, Clovis, California

"The first week I attended LifeSTAR I knew it would be a program that would change my life, with or without my partner. Just knowing I was not alone in how I felt and that other partners were going through the same things as me was amazing. The connection I made in those first weeks with another partner has tremendously made a difference in my recovery from the trauma I have felt because of my spouse's addiction. I cannot imagine trying to do this without LifeSTAR's program and support! I highly recommend that all partners participate in their addict's recovery and come to the program with them. It is life changing."

Spouse, Name Withheld, The Central Valley, California

"I struggled with sexual addiction for as long as I can remember. Late childhood to early teens was marked as a happy time, but scattered throughout were seeds of shame and fear.

I battled with a world of secrets in internet pornography. Throughout my marriage it has been an up and down battle. Deep in my heart I knew that overcoming this addiction would require a change that was deeper and more comprehensive than ever before.

For months I worked regularly with my individual therapist and started attending group. I learned more about the biochemistry of addiction as well as the effects that shame and my early relationships had on my ability to connect with others. Perhaps the greatest moment in my recovery was learning to love myself.

Now I don’t fight a daily urge to act out. Instead, I focus on the positive behaviors of healthy living that bring pleasure, structure, and balance to my life."

Recovering, Name Withheld, Fresno County, California