Porno 'Boot Camp' Helps Teens Tackle Addiction

Oxbow Academy in Utah has room for only 24 kids

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 17, 2012 3:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Know a teen who's hooked on porn? The Oxbow Academy, a boot-camp style facility in Utah, is treating teenagers with pornography addictions by using holistic therapy, banning phones, and insisting on lie detector tests, the Daily Mirror reports. Dubbed the Porn School, Oxbow charges heavily—nearly $9,000 a month—but is trying to tackle a problem that increasingly afflicts those who can't refuse the easy access, experts say.

“Most porn addicts get agitated when they’re deprived of their online sources,” says school director Stephen Schultz. "One boy from Chicago actually got the shakes, like a drug abuser." In the morning, the teens go through therapy, then after lunch have holistic therapy using horsemanship, art, and music. Afternoons are dedicated to regular school classes. With room for only 24 students, Oxbow has a waiting list, but may inspire similar boot camps in the US and abroad.

A 'boot camp' in Utah is trying to help teenagers overcome their pornography addiction.
A 'boot camp' in Utah is trying to help teenagers overcome their pornography addiction.   (Shutterstock)
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