Recovery Groups

CPCC is a LifeStar Bay Area Program Affiliate in partnership with the Addiction Recovery Center in San Jose. The LifeStar program is designed to provide addicts and their families with the tools and support to find hope, healing, and lasting recovery from sexual addiction and compulsive behaviors. Through individual and group therapy, addicts learn how to reclaim their lives, reestablish trust, and restore hope in their future. Effective and long-lasting recovery is more than temporarily stopping the behavior. Effective therapy addresses the underlying issues in creating a permanent, long lasting recovery.

To accomplish this, the LifeStar program is divided into 3 levels of intensive group therapy. We strongly suggest that participants also participate in individual and/or couples therapy, along with a 12-step SAA program. Highly trained and licensed therapists lead each group and phase. Workbooks, along with other materials and exercises, are used throughout the program and are included in the price. The program is divided into the following phases:


Phase I is designed for the addict, and the partner when applicable. We strongly recommend that couples come together so they can begin the process of education and healing together. However, the workshop is also for single adults and for those clients whose partners are not able or willing to attend.

Phase I teaches tools and principles that will help participants better understand the underlying causes of addiction. The basic structure is established for both individuals and couples for long-term, life-changing recovery. The primary focus is to educate. When clients are well-informed about the underlying issues that influence unhealthy behaviors, they become empowered to take a more proactive approach to recovery and life.

Phase I is held over 6 weeks, typically Mondays 7-9pm. 


Phase II groups are designed as separate groups for the addict and the partner when applicable. Groups are gender-based, (i.e., men's groups or women's groups). Participants are required to attend and complete Phase I before participating in Phase II.

In Phase II, deeper, and more personal work is done in this phase for all participants. The addicts get to the root of their addiction, become accountable for their actions and sobriety, and form a close-knit support group with the other group members. The partners focus on deep recovery work from the trauma they have experienced. This safe environment and group support is vital as they support one another through recovery.

Phase II shifts from an educational approach, to a ‘working recovery’ approach. Participants will complete tasks and assignments, and hold one another accountable. These tools and principles lay the groundwork required for lasting recovery. The workbooks in Phase II focus on providing a deeper look at denial, the addiction cycle, fantasies and objectification, relapse prevention, and healthy living. Participants should stay in Phase II until they have established a solid sobriety, are implementing an effective treatment plan – including a network of support – and have a detailed understanding of their addictive system. Partners in Phase II take a deep look at their own issues, and learn to recognize co-dependent behaviors and establish healthy boundaries.

Phase II participation averages 8-12 months.


Participants in Phase III are required to attend and complete Phases I and II before participating in Phase III.

Phase III addresses the issues that underlined the addiction in the first place, such as faulty core beliefs, trauma, and abuse. Once the addiction has been stopped and the underlying issues have been addressed, healthy lifestyle changes are reinforced in order to keep the addiction from reappearing. For couples in the program, this is the time to practice their new lifestyle and new way of relating to each other. In Phase III, they put into practice all of the identity and boundary training they have received throughout the first two phases. Once again, expect to work hard and expand beyond your comfort zone. This is where the true lifestyle change occurs to ensure lasting recovery.

The addicts in the third phase of treatment have demonstrated a solid sobriety from the sexual acting out behaviors and are ready to do the more delicate work of healing shame, attachment, and other emotional issues that the addiction covered up. Once the underlying issues have been addressed, healthy lifestyle changes are reinforced in order to keep the addiction from reappearing in the future. Men also learn how to improve their relationships with their wives, children, extended family, co-workers, and friends. Most women have moved past the crisis of betrayal in Phase III and are now able to work on healthy emotional expression, healing trauma, decreasing shame, and improving their most important relationships. Women in the third phase rediscover their best selves and build patterns for long-term healthy living.

For both men and women, Phase III is a chance to practice living life without the constant threat of the addiction and helps each of them secure the gains from the two previous phases.

Phase III participation averages 18 months.

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