By Eddie Capparucci, LPC, CSAS, CPCS
Men, once again it’s time to make a real sacrifice. Are you done talking about making changes regarding your sexual struggles? Are you tired of the repeated failures? If so, then join the crusade and pledge to learn to successfully manage your pornography and sexual addiction.
Wednesday, March 6 kicks off our fourth annual “No Lust for Lent” crusade, where men are asked to stop watching pornography and/or engaging in destructive sexual behaviors. Efforts in the past three years have been met with great enthusiasm and successful outcomes.
“I decided last year to try and stop watching porn and masturbating,” said Carl, a 35-year-old who is married with two children. “Midway through the 40 days I decided to start working with a sex-addiction counselor and I later joined a support group. It was a great decision.”
“I had struggled with porn since I was 10,” said Alex who is a senior in college. “Last year I saw this on Twitter and decided to give it a try. It was great, and I will be praying throughout Lent that other men join this effort and free themselves of pornography.”
Removing lust from our lives allows us to experience freedom from shame and guilt that affects our self-worth. It also helps us to stop hurting those we love who feel betrayed by our actions.
“Everyday I see the consequences that result from a sexual and pornography addiction,” says Eddie Capparucci, a certified sexual addiction counselor with a private practice in Marietta, GA. “It not only brings shame to the men who engage in the behaviors but destroys relationships; ruins careers; and corrupts children by teaching them to objectify and degrade women. Some men believe their addiction is a life sentence, but that is not the way it has to be.
“The Give Up Lust for Lent Crusade is an excellent stepping stone to get men on the right track of recovery,” he continued. “There are many programs and services available to help men and their families who have been impacted by the addiction. In developing and implementing a well-prepared treatment plan, men can learn to manage their addiction successfully. But the first step is taking action.”
Men and women are being asked to show their support for “No Lust for Lent” by commenting on Twitter using the #NoLustForLent hashtag.
Christian pastors are also encouraged to ask their church members to participate in supporting the “No Lust for Lent” Crusade by speaking from the pulpit about the destruction of pornography.