Many who struggle with compulsive pornography use have turned to these and other related behaviors to escape from or cope with different forms of trauma, relational attachment issues, and other deep emotional triggers. This session will address how long lasting recovery needs to focus on these important issues. We will also discuss preventive measures to help our youth avoid turning to destructive, addictive behaviors in order to cope with life.
The presentation was given at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography conference in Salt Lake City in 2013. Dan refers to the Still Face Baby experiment video from Dr. Edward Tronick that we do not have permission to show, but you can view it here.
Dan Gray, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in addictions counseling. He has a master’s degree in social work and is a CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist). He is also certified as an addictions counselor with the National Association of Forensic Counselors. He maintains a busy private practice, lecturing regularly and providing training and consultation to numerous civic, religious, and professional organizations throughout the country. He is the clinical director of the LifeSTAR Network program, which provides help for individuals and couples who are dealing with problems related to sexual addictions and compulsive behaviors. He has co-authored and edited 2 books: Confronting Pornography: A Guide to Prevention and Recovery for Individuals, Loved Ones, and Leaders and Discussing Pornography Problems with a Spouse: Confronting and Disclosing Secret Behaviors. Dan is married and the father of four. He enjoys fly fishing, hiking, biking, and basically, anything outdoors.