BYU offers a variety of resources for students seeking help in overcoming a pornography addiction, including clubs, lectures, and podcasts.
According to Live Free Community, a group focused on finding resources for men struggling with pornography, 49% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 say that all or most of their friends regularly use pornography.
BYU’s Un-Alone Club is a resource any student can use to find “help, hope, and real resources” for issues such as overcoming porn addiction or trauma. Club President Emi Bass started the club in 2021 to create more conversation on the subject and provide support to those in need.
“Of course people struggle with pornography, because we don’t know how to talk about it,” Bass said. “I wanted to create a space where we could find resources that were actually going to work and connect with them in an environment where people wouldn’t be ashamed.”
Un-Alone Club meetings are held every Tuesday on Zoom at 8:30 p.m. Students can choose to attend anonymously. Meetings often include guests speakers like life coaches, therapists or those who have overcome pornography themselves. If club members have questions, they can submit them and share their experiences.
Another resource comes from Women’s Services and Resources, which holds an annual pornography conference each February. This year, the conference will take place on February 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wilkinson Student Center. Topics include the definition of addiction, women’s experience with pornography, and pornography in relationships.
Women’s Services and Resources Marketing Coordinator Carissa Mitchell believes the conference is designed for everyone. Professionals from BYU Counseling and Psychology Services will speak on the subject of pornography to dispel misconceptions.
“It’s important to have a healthy dialogue on the subject so that we can have open conversations,” Mitchell said. “The conference will be good for anyone, anyone can benefit from it.”
There are resources that students can also use from the comfort of their own home. Reach10, a non-profit organization, launched its Breaking the Silence podcast in 2019. Their podcasts are designed to help people navigate porn and create an understanding of healthy sexuality.
Former co-host and BYU alum, Creed Orme, said Reach10 no longer comes together to produce new content, but the resources they put together are still there for people to use on their site. website. The Breaking the Silence podcast consists of 82 episodes and can be listened to on Apple Podcasts.
“I hope this podcast and the Reach10 resource will resonate with those looking for information on how to help themselves from pornography if they’re struggling with it, but also how to talk about healthy sexuality,” Orme said.
Orme said he hopes those who listen to the podcast can replace fear, shame and silence with courage, passion and connection on these topics.
Students can also use CAPS and talk to a therapist who can help students overcome pornography.
“Those of us who have struggled with porn have struggled with it for different reasons,” Orme said. “Just by searching for connection, courage, or compassion – just by searching after trying to be better, you’re doing a great job. You’re still a worthy being. You’re still capable of loving. There’s a great hope that you can become better, you can change, you can stop using porn.