Nov 1, 2010 9:58 PM by Jeannette Hynes
Dave DiNuzzo and a handful of members of a Catholic-based group called "The King's Men" protest in front of the First Amendment adult store on Fillmore Street in Colorado Springs Monday afternoon.
"I'm a recovering porn addict and I know what it can do to a man's life," admits DiNuzzo.
The protestors quietly carry signs. One sign says, "Real men don't exploit women".
DiNuzzo says he wants people during "National Pornography Awareness Week" to get help with sexual addiction, and to put places like the First Amendment out of business. He says his recovery from sexual addiction was difficult.
"Lots of prayer. Lots of struggle with it. I mean, it was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," says DiNuzzo.
For balanced coverage we talked to First Amendment manager Chris Hart off camera. He said of the protest, "We don't mind it. Everyone has a right to express his opinion. They have to do what they have to do."
Doctor Douglas Weiss of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs has helped people with sexual addiction for 20 years.
He says the problem isn't going away.
"Sexual addiction is hugely on the rise. The internet has taken it up to exponential growth," explains Weiss. "The addict uses the sexual act with self or with others to medicate, to balance their lives, but then it actually becomes a bigger problem in their lives. They're living a double life. They have all kinds of complications in their marriage."
Weiss says overcoming this addiction can be harder than overcoming alcohol or drugs, because the person is always with the vice. Weiss says people should know hope is available, especially in Colorado Springs. His office offers free assessments and free group meeting, including meetings of wives sex addicts.
DiNuzzo says help and support turned around his life.
"It has saved my marriage. It saved me as a father," says DiNuzzo.