Men's Program Frequently Asked Questions
Prodigals International is a Christian ministry dedicated to helping men, women and families overcome sexual addiction. Our proven 12-step program provides resources and support for the man who is struggling, the wife who is hurting, and the pastor or counselor who wants to help.
The key difference is stringent accountability through mentorship. Many men are unwilling to submit to the intensity of the program because it is uncomfortable. This article details our program philosophy and how we are different:
- Christ-Centered and Biblically Based
- 12 Step Program
- Led By Recovering People
- Highly-Structured and Intensive
- Accountability: Mentor centered
- Support for Local Ministries
Homecoming is the name of the Prodigals International men’s program which offers local recovery groups and mentorship for men desiring their own sexual sobriety. Weekly meetings are run independently of Prodigals International ministry.
Prodigals Homecoming groups are in 13 locations in Washington, Indiana, Alaska, and Alberta, Canada. To find a group near you, follow this link.
We adhere to the definition developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, the author of Out of the Shadows. For a detailed overview of sexual addiction see his web site SexHelp.com
It would be easy to tell you to just stop. The reality is recovery from sexual addiction does not have a quick fix. God has the power to help you stop and admitting it publicly (but anonymously) might help. You might also look at the article Coming Clean: Breaking the Bonds of Internet Pornography.
Like other types of addicts, some sexual addicts may never be "cured." Sexual addicts achieve a state of recovery, but maintaining that recovery can be a lifelong, day-by-day process. The Twelve Step treatment approach teaches addicts to take their recovery "one day at a time" - concentrating on the present, not the future. Source: Dr. Patrick Carnes, www.SexHelp.com
The weekly Homecoming meeting is free to all who need it. Program materials are available directly from Prodigals International in our Online Store.
The Prodigals International program takes 9-12 months to complete. It is expected that once a man completes the program they will mentor new men coming into the program.
Men participating in the program typically devote 30-60 minutes per day to reading, homework and prayer.
No. Typically sexual addicts that are in the early stages of recovery participate in Homecoming and attend counseling simultaneously.
Yes. See our men’s program Testimonial section.
Men from all walks of life attend Homecoming. The typical man attending the group is married and has obsessive struggles with sexually explicit material and/or situations. These include (but are not limited too) pornography, physical and/or emotional affairs, Internet chat rooms, and fantasy/lust of another person without their knowledge. Many single/divorced men attend as well.
Prodigals International is based in Redmond, Washington U.S.A., a suburb of Seattle
No. We are an independent, non-denominational ministry. Here is our Statement of Faith.
Prodigals International is an independent ministry and a 501(c)(3) that relies on donors for support. To donate, click here.
Yes. The women’s program, Partners in Process, is designed to support wives of men who struggle. It is not a program for female sex addicts. We do not have a program for female sex addicts.
No, we don’t currently have a program for teens.
Although the program was not designed for sex offenders, some men classified as low level sex offenders have found healing through the program. The program is not intended to satisfy the requirements of state and/or county mandated programs.