Men's Facing the Shadow Group

The Men's Facing the Shadow Group is a Task-Centered Sex Addiction Recovery Support group that uses Patrick Carnes's workbook  Facing the Shadow [3rd Edition]: Starting Sexual and Relationship Recovery

"For all addicts, a moment comes when they realize they have a problem. There is sudden clarity—the insight that life has become unmanageable. That moment, however, is fragile. It is easily lost to craving and denial. People struggling with sex addiction find the old refrains creeping back into their thinking: My situation is different. . . . This will all blow over. . . . People are overreacting to my behavior. Or, This is hopeless. I'm just too perverted to change.

"If any of those thoughts occur to you, you are exactly where you should be," notes Dr. Patrick Carnes in the introduction to Facing the Shadow. Starting with those gentle words, he guides readers through a series of reflections and exercises that pierce denial and light the path to healing from sex addiction.

"Facing the Shadow, used by thousands of therapists with their clients, is based on the thirty-task model of recovery from addiction that forms the basis of Carnes's work. This newly revised and expanded edition takes readers through the first seven of those tasks, including specific performables that are built into the exercises. The model also supports Twelve Step recovery programs."  - Amazon.

The group repeats in an approximate 22-week cycle in which participants can work on the thirty-task model of recovery with group feedback and time for some processing.

Participants can join the group at any time. To enroll they need to schedule first a session with the facilitator for orientation.

The group meets on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Central (Houston) time.

To learn more or sign up, contact or call 855-602-2554.


The cost to participate is $80 per weekly session.

The Facilitator

Marcos Leon is a spiritual director, a biblical counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas. He is a CSAT and an APSATS MPTM-Trained therapist. If you'd like to contact Marcos for more information about the group, email him directly at

Group Covenant

  1. Group participants will renew their commitment to participate in the group three times per year (approximately 22-24 weeks each time: Jan - April, May - Aug, and Sep-Dec). At the end of every commitment time, they will have the opportunity to continue or discontinue their participation in the group.
  2. Group’s size will be up to 8-9 participants.
  3. To drop out from the group, participants will be asked to give two weeks’ notice.
  4. Participants who are absent more than 3 consecutive times will lose their spot in the group.
  5. Absences need to request cancellation 48 hours in advance to avoid charges. Participants can request cancellation online through the DV’s platform or by calling the DV’s front desk.
  6. Group sessions will include a 10–15-minute education piece summarizing parts of the workbook content. Exercises from the workbook will be assigned to be completed between sessions.
  7. Weekly, participants commit to present to the group aspects of their personal recovery work using the Facing the Shadows workbook. Participants can also process relevant circumstances from their lives.
  8. Participants will be invited to give and receive feedback to and from other participants if that is their preference.

To learn more or sign up, contact or call 855-602-2554.

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