Archive for the ‘My Journey’ Category

By Brandon McDonald

I grew up in a household and a religious culture where it was frowned upon to show weaknesses and vulnerabilities. I recall from a young age that I never wanted my parents, friends, or church leaders to see me be anything but perfect. The consequences of imperfection seemed very scary to me and I didn’t […]

By Brandon McDonald

Is it smart to ditch a smart phone to help with porn addiction?

By Brandon McDonald

When I was mired in my addiction, I remember thinking how impossible everything felt. Overcoming porn addiction wasn’t even a possibility I could entertain. Imagining a life without porn addiction seemed like a fantasy. I couldn’t seem to muster the willpower to go a week without giving in to my addiction and asking for even […]

By Brandon McDonald

I can’t emphasize enough the role that habits have played in my recovery. I believe so much in the beneficial influence of habits that I now teach a seminar on habit change to the clients at Desert Solace.   One trap that I want to avoid here, however, is to oversimplify this idea. Habit change […]

By Brandon McDonald

I can’t tell you how many times in my own experience with pornography addiction I’ve felt trapped. Stuck. Hopeless. I spent 26 years spinning my wheels in my addiction. Investing that much time and energy into anything will make you believe that it is a permanent part of yourself. When it’s something you don’t want, […]

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