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  Breaking Free Chizuk #1428  
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Editor’s Note: Shortcut to GYE
Image of the Day: How Important are Parental Controls on Household Electronics?
Daily Dose of Dov: Can the 12-Step program help someone deal with SSA (same-sex attraction)?
Practical Tips: Public Transportation
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Editor’s Note
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Image of the Day
How Important are Parental Controls on Household Electronics?
How Important are Parental Controls on Household Electronics?
Daily Dose of Dov
Can the 12-Step program help someone deal with SSA (same-sex attraction)?
By Dov

Dov writes:

Sometimes guys write to me about SSA. I responded to a couple of them with this (below) as a start to the right conversation:

As far as myself, I do not see any similarity that homosexuality bears to addiction. Do you? It seems like a separate issue and therefor needs to be accepted completely and then dealt with just as any illness. But why call it an addiction if it isn't?

Perhaps you are referring to sexually acting out with other men and you are seeking recovery from your sexual addiction. If that's so, then I see no difference whether the acting out is with same or other sex ... do you? Based on what you wrote above, it sounds like the attraction to the same sex is your concern here. Correct me please.

Would it be different in any way if your desires were with members of the opposite sex? Would you be here asking me this question? Please be patient with me and clarify.

GYE Responds:

What Dov says above makes sense. But - many guys see SSA sort of like "porn." It's something that is just "wrong" for a frum yid and they will seek help for it, even when they are slipping up occasionally, i.e. a frum person will "hit bottom" much quicker (with porn or SSA) than a non-frum/non-Jew would, because the "double-life" aspect is more painful for him. It means that his life will become unmanageable much faster with SSA or porn than another person's. Which means that the 12-Steps can help him, where it would normally not help a non-Jew yet at that stage. In other words, a frum Jew has a much higher "bottom" than other people with these things.

Dov responds:

But then, why is it that actually more of the frum who I meet in recovery meetings have used prostitutes (many times more) than the goyim I meet in recovery have?

I hear what you are saying as a 'bottom.' But that is mainly for GYE, which only involves opening up to a fake person, for reaching out for some chizzuk but not for actual help changing their lives or doing anything really uncomfortable - for real recovery. I do not consider that 'hitting bottom'. I call that being ready to anonymously whine.

Practical Tips
Public Transportation
Someone had a slip/fall due to public transportation. He shared it with his wife, but she took it hard and asked GYE for advice and support. After writing her back, this was her response:
By the.guard

Thank you for your mail. It helps me to find the strength to face this situation, without being overwhelmed. I knew that being mad and so upset was neither appropriate nor helpful reaction to his fall, but I could not find my way out of my painful feelings. When I read your answer, I instantly felt it was the right thing to do: shifting from pain and resentment to helping him in growing from this fall.

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Do you think you may have a porn addiction?

Do you have a problem with obsessive and compulsive porn use? Have you seriously tried the tools on GYE and feel that you are not getting better? Maybe it’s time to consider joining a 12-Step program.

Porn Anonymous (PA)
If you’re compulsively acting-out with pornography and masturbation we suggest you explore joining Porn Anonymous (PA). If you need help deciding whether to join PA, call Michael at 347-699-2368, or email to schedule a time to talk. For more information visit (Hebrew: / Yiddish:

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
If your compulsive acting-out has progressed beyond the screen (with other people, paid sexual services, etc.) we suggest you explore joining Sexaholics Anonymous (SA). To figure out if SA is for you, call Dov at 917-414-8205, or email Dov at to schedule a time to talk. For more information visit

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