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Announcements: A Collection of Dov's Talks on GYE
Q & A: Can GYE members contact each other outside of GYE?
Prevention: 25 Steps to Beating Porn Addiction
 
 
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Announcements
 
A Collection of Dov's Talks on GYE
 

Finally, Dov's audio shiurim all in one place.

Q & A
 
Can GYE members contact each other outside of GYE?
 
By GYE

Question:

A GYE user sent me a message asking if I don't mind sharing my WhatsApp number so we could help each other.

So far, we have exchanged personal messages on the website and it was ok, but I wonder, are members of GYE allowed to talk via WhatsApp? I mean, there will be a picture of me there... Isn't anonymity a key thing?

Answer:

If you have been in touch with this user and feel he is "safe" and sincere in his desire to be clean himself and help you as well, then it would be great to be in touch with him by Whatsapp as well. After all, the more we are willing to get out of hiding and be honest about our problem with other SAFE people, the better it is over all for our recovery.

Additionally, you may consider getting an anonymous Google number (or using your real number if you're comfortable) and signing up for our phone partner program to get real-life connections with other safe GYE users.

Prevention
 
 
25 Steps to Beating Porn Addiction
 

Please check out the full guide to beating porn addiction in this and upcoming issues (For the first in the series, please refer to issue #1436). The creators of the infographic have taken each of the 25 strategies and provided clear practical actions to take in detail:

Join a Meet Up

    Use Meet Ups to embrace an old or new found passion or pastime. You can join one of the many thousands of Meet Ups around the world on just about any subject or interest.

    You could go see old movies with like-minded people, talk about science, life and the universe, join a debating society, a computer programming club, learn how to start your own business, or hang out with people who want to sing, walk, run, paint, write. Meet Up is the world in one place.

    Joining in with other people, taking up activities again or for the first time will fill your time with something other than porn. But crucially it will help you to see that your time is better spent this way, hanging out with new real friends than virtual porn stars online.

    Get a Pet

      The influence of pets or companion animals on our health and wellbeing is immeasurable. Research after research study shows how our animals keep us healthy in mind as well as in body.

      Former porn users have said that taking on more responsibility in their lives by owning a pet and transferring their attention to their needs, helped them beat their addiction. It got them exercising, reduced their stress levels and amazingly made them laugh more.

      The health benefits of owning a pet are enormous: from improving the health of your heart, to reducing anxiety and depression. In many ways owning a pet could reduce many of the triggers that lead you to view porn, as well as allowing you to care for something else in your life, which in turn will make you a better person.

      For more research about the impact of pets on your health visit the Center for Research.

      Remember to speak to your vet first before getting a pet to ensure it the right one for you.

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 help@pornanonymous.org to schedule a time to talk. For more information visit pornanonymous.org (Hebrew: p-a.org.il / Yiddish: pa-yid.org).

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 dov@guardyoureyes.org to schedule a time to talk. For more information visit www.sa.org.

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