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Show Notes

Earlier this season, Nicole Breining spoke about her husband’s pornography addiction that resulted in betrayal trauma and a serious strain on their relationship. But what impact does pornography addiction have on the rest of the family? Do kids experience a similar type of trauma when they learn parents struggle with a problematic sexual behavior? How should parents respond if and when they discover their children are viewing pornography? In this episode of Crosspoint, Dr. John Thorington addresses these questions. 

John is a licensed professional counselor and certified sexual recovery therapist, and he has a private practice in Huntsville, Alabama, called Restoring Hearts Counseling. If you haven’t already, listen to his first episode with Crosspoint from its first season, titled “The Theological Implications of Addiction.” 

John talks about how parents might navigate a conversation with kids when a parent is struggling with problematic sexual behaviors, how to set boundaries in recovery, and what resources to use in next steps. We then flip the script to talk about how parents can move forward when they learn their child is the one struggling with problematic sexual behaviors, turning to God’s design rather than the world’s during ongoing conversations.  

Check out the various resources mentioned throughout this episode: 

As you listen to this conversation with John, here are a few questions to ponder in your personal time, with a small group, or with a mentor: 

  1. What is the value of backing up promises with action when navigating recovery from addiction with your family?
  2. If you’re a parent finding out that your child is viewing pornography, how can you make sure you respond well so that your relationship is not damaged?
  3. What can we learn from Jesus’ example as He interacts with the woman at the well in John 4:1-26?
  4. How can you be proactive in educating your kids about God’s design for sex and sexuality in a world where we often see a rebellion against that design?
  5. John talks about the potential harm we can do by framing conversations about sex in a negative light. How ought God’s design and His positive view of it shape how we talk about sex? 


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