3 Tips for Talking to Your Teen about Porn

The best time to talk to your teen about sex is before you think there is a problem. While you might not relish the thought of talking with your teen about sex, you can be sure that your teen is getting his information about sex from somewhere. Teens are curious about sex. They have questions.…

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Oxbow Academy Honors Kevin Bailey

Kevin Bailey is a clinician at Oxbow Academy. As a native of Sanpete County, Kevin has known about Oxbow for many years. He heard about Oxbow’s positive reputation in both the local community and treatment community. That positive reputation made Kevin decide to seek out an opportunity to work for Oxbow, and we are fortunate…

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What Are They Thinking? Distorted Thought Patterns of Sex Addicts

This week we are continuing our look into the minds of people who suffer from sex addiction. Last week, you learned about toxic core beliefs. These core beliefs form the foundation for destructive patterns of behavior and ways of thinking. With the help of In the Shadows of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online…

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What Are They Thinking? Beliefs and Thought Patterns of Sex Addicts

If you suspect your son suffers from sex addiction, you have probably struggled to understand why he makes the choices that he makes. It is obvious to you that your son’s choices only cause him to hurt himself the people that he loves. You might wonder why he cannot see that for himself. However, people…

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Oxbow Academy Leads the Way in the Treatment Community

The Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Addiction is a handbook for professionals who treat sexual addictions. Oxbow Academy clinicians Todd Spaulding and former Research Director and therapist, Maria Watters contributed to a chapter to this handbook. The chapter helps other clinicians learn the best practices for treating adolescents with sexual addictions, such as pornography addiction.…

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Cybersex by Numbers: Statistics about Online Sex Addiction

Admissions Director Tiffany Silva, LCSW, compares teen online sex addiction to an iceberg. Parents can see the tip of the iceberg, but there are often greater dangers that they do not see. Because cybersex or viewing online pornography can take place in the privacy of a teen’s bedroom, parents are seldom aware of the extent…

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Helping Troubled Teens Recover from Technology Addiction

There are numerous personal accounts of teens who are addicted to technology. However, the DSM-5, the manual which psychologists use to diagnose mental illness, does not recognize technology addiction. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized online Gaming Disorder only this year. The lack of recognition of technology addiction is a problem for parents seeking help…

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Recognizing Sex Addiction

By Trenna Ahlstrom   The World Health Organization (WHO) recently recognized compulsive sexual health disorder as a mental disorder. “I think it’s a game changer, really,” said D.J. Burr, a Seattle-based psychotherapist, and sex addiction specialist. Burr received his training from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). He is a recognized authority…

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Porn and Sexism

Two recent surveys suggest a link between watching porn and subscribing to the belief that women are sex objects. These surveys are concerning for anyone interested in a more equitable future. This includes parents who would like their children to grow to have relationships based on love and not exploitation.     Age of Exposure…

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Being Smart About Your Teens’ Smartphones

by Contributor   While tech companies alone cannot make the digital world safe for teens, many tech companies are stepping up to give parents better tools to support their teens’ digital safety. We previously reported about Parental Control Apps like Circle which can help keep your family safe. Using these tools, and common sense low-tech…

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