By confidence
7/23/2011 10:26:36 AM
***Ok, so I know this topic can lead to some discord. I know some don't like companies like Lifestar because of several reasons. PLEASE, don't bring in why you dislike them.
--->However, if you have been in the program, and it didn't work, please share.***

So, for those of you that have been in the program, how did you like it (or not)?
How much does/did it cost?
How often do/did you go/month? Time invested?
Did you work with one or more therapist(s) for you, spouse and both?
How effective is/was it?

...Anything else - please share!...



I give lifestar an A minus    
"We have been doing lifestar since april. We are only in the first section where you learn about addictions, emotions, shame cycles, child roles, etc. It provides basic vernacular to understand why you react the way you do to situations.. (ie: you start off angry and shouting at people and then end up in a fetal position under the bed..)

So, for those of you that have been in the program, how did you like it (or not)?
How much does/did it cost? We pay ~100 per hour but we are in solo sessions rather than group sessions.. Its my understanding that lifestar was built as group therapy

How often do/did you go/month? Time invested? We go weekly for now. We use a lot of our sessions for basic marriage counseling so we are going slower than the plan. the real time spent and the value of the program is doing the homework. If you spend the time required to fully investigate all those times that you were cranky, controlling, mean, sad, falling apart, rescuing etc and learn to understand why you do that. Then you will have real progress. The progress comes from self reflection. If you just read the workbooks and say.. Yup. got it.. you will get limited use.

Did you work with one or more therapist(s) for you, spouse and both? I still see a separate IC to help me work through my own disorted thought patterns. WE use the Lifestar therapist for couples counseling (he plays referee), wife has startd seeing a IC as well.

How effective is/was it? You get what you put into it and what you change about yourself.. Ultimately most therapy teaches you to be happy on your own terms and not as a result of someone else. Its hard to do.

I think that the couples counseling is just as important as the lifestar counseling.

thats my 2 cents.. "
posted at 09:25:31 on July 24, 2011 by Hurtallover
You don't know what u don't know    
"I just started phase II last week and am thoroughly happy with it. I have over 6 yrs going to LDS 12 step mtgs and something was missing for me but did not really know what until I started in Lifestar. I t has opened my eyes to my emotional self: the emotional trauma I carry and how unhealthy I have been emotionally in my life from a young age. Now I can work on healing it. I do the group therapy in Denver and paid $440 for 6 weeks, 3 hours per week. Worth every penny. 2nd phase is like $250 and less time per session. I still love my 12 step mtgs but this gives me a chance to focus on and learn what is all-around healthy living, something I have never known. I have only heard great things about it form others that have done it out here as well. Like was stated the homework is key."
posted at 16:46:29 on May 6, 2014 by Anonymous
Use Everything you can    
"I notice that Anonymous commented on a post from 2011 where many of those brethren don't even post anymore - however, I am glad that Anonymous did bring it back because I would like to add my endorsement of LifeSTAR. I have just completed my Phase III and because of this program have seen things about be that I never understood; I have reclaimed my life because of it. I would also like to endorse the LDS 12 Steps, Covenant Eyes,, InnerGold, sonsofheleman and several books - most importantly the scriptures. I have used all of these and several friends stories and have taken from each something that has helped me greatly in gaining my sobriety and control of my fleshly desires. Please don't just look at one program, but look at several and then some - there is always something you can learn and then take it and use it to your betterment.

WarriorOn while remaining WarriorStrong - No Matter the Cost!!"
posted at 15:35:38 on May 12, 2014 by warrioron

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"If, through our unrighteous choices, we have lost our footing on that path, we must remember the agency we were given, agency we may choose to exercise again. I speak especially to those overcome by the thick darkness of addiction. If you have fallen into destructive, addictive behaviors, you may feel that you are spiritually in a black hole. As with the real black holes in space, it may seem all but impossible for light to penetrate to where you are. How do you escape? I testify the only way is through the very agency you exercised so valiantly in your premortal life, the agency that the adversary cannot take away without your yielding it to him. "

— Robert D. Hales

General Conference, April 2006