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We'd like you to meet some of our friends. Don is a rising young attorney whose future holds great potential. He has a beautiful wife, Toni, three lovely children, a large home, and important social standing in the church and community. Yet despite these outward signs of success and a solid emotional and sexual relationship with Toni, two or three times a week Don compulsively visits porno shops and prostitutes.
Claire is a high-priced call girl. Like most prostitutes, Claire hates sex. But desperate for male affection, she attempts to prove her self-worth time after time by selling "love" to any man who will pay the price.
Jan is a 35-year-old church musician who grew up in a devout home. He attended a small Christian college and went on to seminary. Married with two children, Jan has been involved in homosexual activities since a professor seduced him in college. He came to us after being picked up for sexual imposition in the rest room of a department store.
These three are composites of people who have come to Spring Forth, College Hill Presbyterian Church's ministry for sexual addicts. As you can see, sexual addicts aren't always the dregs of society. Often they're men and women highly successful in their fields, yet they involve themselves compulsively in sexual activities through which they are bound to be caught and humiliated.
To show some of the dynamics of counseling the sexual addict, we've developed a scenario that outlines our ministry to Jan.
Jan called because he'd been arrested. The initial phone call came to Hal, director of our Spring Forth ministry. Hal listened carefully and compassionately to Jan's crisis and agreed to meet with him for more discussion the next night at 7:30. Hal told Jan the session would include another counselor because we always minister in teams of two persons who are usually the same sex as the counselee.
Before the appointment, Hal and Gary spent time in prayer. We wanted to be sure not to show repugnance toward ...