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How Much Porn Before You're a Sex Addict?

How Much Porn Before You're a Sex Addict?

Many people want to understand pornography addiction, perhaps when trying to evaluate a loved one, or when trying to understand their own behavior. But “how much porn before you’re a sex addict?” may be the wrong question. Perhaps in our search to understand pornography addiction, we should be asking not about quantity, but about the relationship between the viewer and pornography use.

Men and women addicted to pornography cannot be spotted simply because of the type of porn they choose. Fetish, violent and other disturbing pornography is not an automatic indication of addiction, though escalation in extremes of porn content is common to porn addicts. Instead, other characteristics of addiction are more important to look for. Read more at

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The New Monogamy Challenge

Once upon a time, in the pre-Internet days of yore, monogamy in marriage was a given, and sexual infidelity was very definitely frowned upon. Nowadays, however, in our highly digitally sexualized, divorce-accepting world, infidelity is no longer such a big deal culturally.

Read more from Rob Weiss on Psychology Today...

Join Us THIS SUNDAY in Los Angeles

We're sponsoring the 19th Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference Antioch University in Culver City, CA, this Sunday, Nov. 16th. SRI's founder, Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, is the keynote speaker. Our Joseph Verrone, LCSW, CSAT and Marty A. Simpson, LMFT, CSAT will be offering a workshop on Sexual Addiction in Gay Men: Caught in the Cycle.

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Connect with us for the latest news and information on issues around sexual addiction, including serial infidelity, porn addiction, compulsive masturbation, and the inevitable crises that accompany these behaviors.

Two-Week Intensive Treatment Programs begin December 1st!

The SRI Two-Week Intensive is a program of therapy and education designed to help our clients identify and eliminate all sexual acting out behavior, and to develop the skills and tools needed to prevent sexual relapse.

The Two-Week Intensive Program at SRI is a cost-effective and more time-effective alternative to the traditional 4-6 week hospital stay or residential treatment programs. It is our belief, based on our decades of experience, that most sex addicts do not require a lengthy stay in a controlled environment. Our program offers many similar benefits while minimizing the disruption in our clients' lives.

Learn more about our Two-Week Intensive Program or Contact us to Reserve a Spot.

Check Out the New SRI Video

There are several directors at SRI – a clinical director, a program director admissions director - but you might not expect to find a video director. SRI Intake Coordinator Tim Devitt, wrote, produced, edited and, yes, directed a new video for the SRI website.

As a former television commercial director, Tim brought his experience and skills to bear for the SRI video. Tim says the new video helps people who may be considering treatment at SRI better understand what we do. One client told Tim, “That’s me there. I can tell you get this.”

Watch the video now!

Jump Start Your Recovery with Our New Evening Intensive Program

The Sexual Recovery Institute is proud and excited to announce our new 6-Week Evening Intensive Program.

”The SRI Evening Intensive provides local Los Angeles residents an opportunity to jump start their recovery or to gain traction if they are struggling to maintain their sobriety,” said SRI Clinical Director Sharon O’Hara, MFT, CSAT-S.

The Evening Intensive package will offer:

  • Group Sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening
  • Psycho-educational and group therapy components
  • Weekly individual sessions
  • Weekly Trauma Model based partner group
  • Additional couple’s sessions or individual sessions for partners
Over the last 20 years, SRI has gained a reputation as a premier sex addiction treatment facility. We have accomplished this through many years of helping clients turn despair, shame and secrecy into hope, intimacy and recovery.

For more information and upcoming dates, visit

Recovering from Infidelity Group

Addiction Specialist Marty Simpson, LMFT, CSAT, hosts a weekly group therapy session focusing on recovering from infidelity. The group is psycho-educational and process oriented.

In a safe and affirming environment, group members receive information about the trauma of infidelity and the experience of PTSD.

A focus is placed on exploring issues of trust and vulnerability, developing effective communication skills, and creating and sustaining healthy boundaries. Members are empowered to define goals for healthy, fulfilling relationships and begin living their best life now.

Members have an opportunity to process feelings and share their experience with others who are dealing with similar issues in a supportive environment facilitated by a clinician with years of experience in treating partners of sex addicts.

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Two Hour Couples Class

SRI's Sarah Knowlton, MFTI, CSAT-3, hosts weekly couples class. Couples class includes:

  • Learn about the roles couples affected by addiction fall into
  • Assess what your default setting is: victim, persecutor, or rescuer
  • Gain insight into how these roles keep couples stuck
  • Acquire tools for breaking out of dysfunctional patterns
  • Find pathways towards becoming relational rather than reactive
  • Practice these tools in session with each other
  • Work together towards the recovery of your coupleship
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