When they were faced with the negative impact of pornography addiction in their own lives, Bruce and Jeannie Hannemann, founders of Elizabeth Ministry International, began to seek out ways to minister directly to individuals and families touched by the devastation of pornography addiction and other unhealthy sexual behaviors.
After researching many programs for recovery, Bruce and Jeannie discovered Candeo. Candeo, a brain science research and addiction recovery organization, uses innovative brain science combined with new technology to help individuals overcome unhealthy sexuality, depression, and substance abuse for good. Bruce and Jeannie personally enrolled in Candeo's anonymous online recovery program and quickly realized its amazing potential as it enhanced Bruce's own healing from pornography addiction.
Throughout their experiences with the program, Bruce and Jeannie began to recognized how this online, science-based recovery program complemented Theology of the Body and other Catholic teachings. They confirmed this observation with a variety of Catholic clergy and psychotherapists.
Candeo's tested and proven online recovery program was effective for more than just Bruce and Jeannie; it has been used by more than 8,000 individuals in over 80 countries. Under the guidance and direction of Bishop Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, Elizabeth Ministry International partnered with Candeo in 2011 to create a Catholic-based online program for recovery called RECLAiM Sexual Health.
Today, RECLAiM Sexual Health has expanded beyond just the Online Recovery Program through online, audio, and print resources as well. The audience has expanded to include not only individuals who want to reclaim God's plan for their sexuality, but also the parents and spouses who have been impacted by their loved ones' unhealthy sexual behaviors. We also provide resources for clergy and counselors who want to help their constituents break free from the addiction and compulsions of pornography, masturbation, and sex addiction.