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Porn Addiction, Bulimia, and the Birth of New Dreams

Last Updated: June 16, 2021

Victory Stories

Every day at Covenant Eyes we hear inspiring stories of victory over porn. Here are just a few of them.

Veronica and I met in October 2000. I had been clean for one month. That September, I accepted Christ while sitting on my forklift at work. I gave up my entire lifestyle . . . friends, parties, drugs, alcohol, everything. When we met, neither of us were interested in a relationship. As a matter of fact, she was still partying pretty hard.

We hung out and got to know each other, and that November I told her I had been praying and felt that I was supposed to ask her to marry me. She actually said, “No! And don’t ever say that again!” I just told her to pray about it. A few weeks later, she said, “Well, do you want to go look at rings?” We were married January 19, 2001. Everyone thought we were absolutely crazy.

That is when the masks began.

The Web of Sin

She introduced me to the Internet, and it wasn’t long until I discovered that the World Wide Web was more like the Wild West. I started sneaking out of bed to go get online. I would have a fling with my computer from 11:00 at night till 4:00 in the morning. I thought it was hidden and I definitely didn’t think this affected my wife.

Veronica figured out pretty quick what was going on. She chose not to confront me about it though. She said that she thought it was her fault. She thought she wasn’t pretty enough or skinny enough to please me. So that is why she figured I was getting online all the time. Rather than addressing the problem with me, she actually fell back into an eating disorder that she struggled with in high school. She fell hard into bulimia. I had absolutely no idea that it was going on. We hid our secrets from each other and everyone else.

We wore a perfect mask for each other and everyone else. I was playing drums at church on Sunday and traveling in a Christian rock band, and she was singing on stage every Sunday at church as well.  People would ask how we were doing, how’s our marriage, etc. And we would just wear our masks and tell everyone life is great and God is good. Unfortunately, neither of us were relying on God to help us through our problems.

Finally, after a year, Veronica had had enough. Obviously her solution wasn’t fixing anything; it was only making life worse. So one morning I snuck back into bed, and she simply said, “I know what you’re doing.” We had to have a “sit-down” talk over all of this. I had no idea that my personal, hidden addiction had this much of an impact on her. She confessed that she had been struggling with an eating disorder due to my addiction.

Our first solution was to shut off the Internet. That was nothing compared to her leaving me—which, according to the world, she could have done several times with good reason. We realized we had to lean on God to get us through this time. We became an open book to each other. We were both fallen soldiers and chose to fight this battle together. We said “I do” not only to each other, but also to God.

This is where the dreams began.

Dream Weaver

I started waking up in the middle of the night and felt like someone was pulling me out of bed. I had no clue why. I started to get up every night and write down the dreams I had. I decided that I was supposed to be in the battle against my addiction, and at first I thought I was supposed to start a merchandise company called “X-Porno Junkie.” I didn’t know that millions of men had the same addiction because it is so hidden. So I figured if I could help create awareness, it might help other people to become free of their addiction.

I kept asking Veronica for money to make this happen, but she didn’t want anything to do with it, and honestly was still mad.

Well, the dreams continued. I started to write storyboards, music, stage ideas, monologues, etc. I have been a drummer for 23 years, so all of my music revolves around drums. That is the gift God has given me, and He was preparing me to use that gift for his purpose. Finally, Veronica agreed that I could have a little money to do “something” with my dreams.

We knew we’d have to have the Internet in order to do any kind of business. So our agreement was that we would be online but we would have to have accountability software downloaded onto our laptop. I agreed, but the temptation was too strong. The very first email report she received showed that I dove head first back into my addiction. I actually tried to deny it at first, but she told me that the report shows when and how long I was on the sites. It showed that I had gone back to a certain page over a few days. I had to ask for forgiveness and we agreed that if it ever happened again, the Internet was gone. I’m happy to say that my reports have been clean ever since that day. That doesn’t mean that the temptation isn’t there and as strong as ever.

Well, the dreams continued and I asked my buddy Philip if he wanted to mess around on a few songs with me. I told him about my dreams about the performance, message, and videos, and he loved the idea. Veronica still wasn’t sold. I taught drums out of my house, so we had two kits set up at all times. So she didn’t mind that Phil and I would retreat to the drum room to write songs.

When God Yelled “JUMP”

On July 16, 2006, I was in Minnesota at a festival. Veronica was leading worship at church and there was a guest speaker. He was a full time missionary and had sold everything to move to India. He spoke about the American dream and asked, “What are you really living for? If you died today, would you be proud of the life you have led and would you be proud of the crown you would lay at Jesus’ feet.” She said that God yelled JUMP that day. Veronica managed a multi-million dollar company, she’s got a degree in marketing, and aside from the 2.5 kids, we had the American Dream. She called me in between services and said, “Whatever you’ve been dreaming about and writing down, God told me today that we’re doing it. We’re selling everything we own to show what God has done for us.” I thought she was crazy or on drugs.

Turns out, by the time I got home, she had a business plan, a budget, and now we’re an LLC. Her business mind is exactly what I needed to get this moving. We told a few people about our plans. Most of them thought we were nuts and never thought we would really go through with our plan. A few people, including our pastor and his wife, were 100% supportive. That was so critical, because if they would have spoken negativity into our lives, we would have been second guessing everything.

l_e15864c9755846bd97642a83ea5295ceRight away we started filming the videos because I already had the complete storyboards. Our buddy Travis Joiner, from 777 Productions, totally caught the vision, supported us from the beginning, and he filmed/edited all of our videos. We hit the studio in January and were able to start putting the live show together. Throughout this time I was still having dreams and we were preparing everything. Later that year, I had a dream about a female bass player. I told Veronica about it and she said, “Cool, I can’t wait to meet her!” But I told her: “The dream was about you!” She was supposed to play bass. This is funny because she’s never played an instrument. But she trusted my dream and started to learn.

God has used two drummers and a girl who doesn’t even play bass to deliver His message. This is proof that God cares more about your availability than your ability. Veronica quit her job in May, 2008, and (P)hilip quit in October. With the help of friends, we purchased an RV (Harvey) and a trailer to haul our gear. Aside from what is in the RV and trailer, we sold everything else because that is what God told us to do. We sold our cars (including a 1966 Austin Healey Sprite Mark III) and we closed on the sale of our house on March 10 of this year—which is a story in and of itself. You can read about it in a blog we posted on our website.

We have been traveling across the country to share our story. To show others that they are not alone and you can rise from your mistakes. It has been an absolutely amazing experience and we look forward to what God has in store. He has shown us that through faith and obedience, you can truly live the life God promises.


TD Benton

TD Benton is a member of White Collar Sideshow. This band, with its one-of-a-kind presentation, is on tour and is addressing the issue of porn addiction and temptation.

  • Comments on: Porn Addiction, Bulimia, and the Birth of New Dreams
    1. Andrew on

      Thank you so very much for the brutal honesty and how God changed your lives.

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    2. Tim Crummett on

      I have had the pleasure of having WCS at the Youth Center twice. They are the most dedicated and professional group we have had. I cannot say enough about these guys. The response from our young people was overwhelming. If you ever have the chance to see them or have them perform, Do not pass it up. You will be blessed.
      tiM

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    3. Rhiannon M on

      Saw you all Tuesday in Lakeland. Thank you for the “wake up call!” Thank you for being open & for sharing yours & God’s heart. I needed to hear so much of what you said! I found this quote and wanted to share it with you…because you all are the epitome of this and I pray God will allow me to live like this as well.

      Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

      I am praying for you all and for your ministry. Be blessed and keep doing the work of the kingdom. Hope to see you all again soon!

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    4. Brian Jones on

      Tyler you and your band The White Collar Sideshow are truly an inspiration to us all I am very proud of You Bro i know how the addiction feels I have that problem too Bro and I try very hard not to give in to Temptation it takes alot of strength God Given Strength to get through it stay safe and God Bless and Good Luck on your Journey

      Brian Jones

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    5. Jeremy on

      I just saw you guys in Snyder, Texas at the Red Letter Rock Fest. I want you to know that your presentation really touched me. I to am a person that struggles with the evil that is porn addiction. It is an everyday fight.
      I want you to know that sharing your story through your music has really touched me. I play with our worship team at church and my closest times with the Lord is when I am playing music. Your story and music has not only truly touched me but is strengthening my resolve even more than it already is. God has truly blessed you and your ministry and you can’t possibly realize how much your ministry has helped me realize what God can truly do. I play my music for Him just as you do. God bless you and your ministry. I may have to fight everyday, taking it one day at a time, one step at a time, but I have Christ fighting right along side me and I also know that you will pray for me as well to help keep me strong during this battle. Yours is the most interesting presentation that I have ever witnessed to spread the gospel of Jesus and how much he loves us. God be praised for your passion and sharing your gift with all of us this past weekend.
      I am so grateful that we worship a God that can lift us up and use us even in our darkest times. He has great things in store for me and I know he has great things in store for you and your family as well. God bless you my friend. Keep up the good work.

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    6. Sara on

      so you came to my church (QQC) and i was sitting just two rows from you. had no clue who you were untill one of my friends sandra told me who you were… i got intrested in finding out your storys and listening to your music and fell in love with it. i have been struggling with being bulimic for almost four years, and cant stop any suggestion V? im so lost how did you stop?
      thanks a ton you have helped me realize stuff you didnt even know…
      sara

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    7. Jimmy Herring on

      Thank you for spreading the word. Sara PRAY for all things are possible with God, I will keep you in my prayers(I use to weigh 108 for like 15 yrs, 155 ish now). Hey Jeremy I was at Red Letter Rock Fest too, what a show(my first christen concert well worth the 5 hr drive). God took away my porn addition a few months ago. God also took away the desire to smoke after a long lung surgery in April(one hard month), can’t believe T went through 7 WOW. I smoked for 18yrs. I still struggle with alcohol and pot(also 18 yrs), but God makes it possible. I know how hard porn addition can be, PRAY for God to take away that desire and he can.
      God Bless you all and I’ll pray for your safety,
      Jimmy

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