Prodigals

FAQs for Men

Men's Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is Prodigals International?
What makes Prodigals different from other Sexual Addiction ministries?
What is Homecoming?
Where do I find a group?
What is Sexual Addiction?
How do I know if I have a problem?
What should I do if I’m struggling right now?
Are sexual addicts ever cured?
How much does it cost?
How long does it take the typical man to complete the program?
How much time will I need to commit to the program?
Does this replace counseling?
Are there any “success stories” for people who attend Homecoming?
What kinds of men attend Homecoming?
Where is Prodigals based?
Is Prodigals affiliated with a church/denomination?
How is Prodigals supported?
Is there a women’s program?
Is there a program for teens?
Is Prodigals meant for sex offenders?
How do I start my own Prodigals Homecoming group?
 
What is Prodigals International?
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.
 
What makes Prodigals different from other Sexual Addiction ministries?
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


What is Homecoming?
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.
 
Where do I find a Homecoming group?
Prodigals Homecoming groups are in 13 locations in Washington, Indiana, Alaska, and Alberta, Canada. To find a group near you, follow this link.
 
What is Sexual Addiction?
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
 
How do I know if I have a problem?
We have two checklists that may indicate if you struggle with sexual addiction:
Sexual Addiction Checklist
Internet Addiction Checklist
 
What should I do if I’m struggling right now?
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.
 
Are sexual addicts ever cured?
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
 
How much does it cost?
The weekly Homecoming meeting is free to all who need it. Program materials are available directly from Prodigals International in our Online Store.
 
How long does it take the typical man to complete the program?
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.
 
How much time will I need to commit to the program?
Men participating in the program typically devote 30-60 minutes per day to reading, homework and prayer.

Does this replace counseling?
No. Typically sexual addicts that are in the early stages of recovery participate in Homecoming and attend counseling simultaneously.
 
Are there any “success stories” for people who attend Homecoming?
Yes. See our men’s program Testimonial section.

What kinds of men attend Homecoming?
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.
 
Where is Prodigals based?
Prodigals International is based in Redmond, Washington U.S.A., a suburb of Seattle
 
Is Prodigals affiliated with a church/denomination?
No. We are an independent, non-denominational ministry. Here is our Statement of Faith.
 
How is Prodigals supported?
Prodigals International is an independent ministry and a 501(c)(3) that relies on donors for support. To donate, click here.
 
Is there a women’s program?
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.
 
Is there a program for teens?
No, we don’t currently have a program for teens.
 
Is Prodigals meant for sex offenders?
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.
 
How do I start my own Prodigals Homecoming group?
We would love to walk you through the process! Contact our ministry headquarters at (866) 910-9002 or contact us. This article provides an overview of the steps necessary to start a Homecoming program in your local church.