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Sexual Addiction


Google: search page for books on sex addiction.

Questia: search page with 67 books, and 38 journal articles on sex addiction.

Recovery Monologue: A Sex Addiction Recovery Forum. Blog and 12 –Step on-line forum.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous: A Twelve Step fellowship open to adults of any sexual preference and addiction. Includes U.S. and international meeting locations.                  

Selected Books

Allen, Susan.  The healing choice guidebook: How to move beyond betrayal. Waterbrook Press, Colorado Springs, CO.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Welcome - Preparing for the Journey – Reeling from Shock to Anger – Moving from Mourning to Hope – Red Flags – Fear ; Passive Responses – Counterproductive Reactions – When a Boundary is Breached p- Boundary Enforcement – Why a Man Takes this Detour – The Whole Truth … in Love – Decision: Stay or Divorce- Deciding on Separation  - What’s Really Possible - Help Pave the Way for Others
NOTE: From the Publisher: “You’ll discover how to:recognize your spouse’s emotional cycles and patterns of behavior—and your own; sort through your emotions in healthy and effective ways; gain deeper personal insights through the Bible and prayer; engage in a support group in ways that encourage healing; establish boundaries and ascertain whether it is safe to trust again and more.”
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Carnes, Patrick (2008) Facing the shadow: Starting sexual and relationship recovery. Gentle Path Press, Carefree, AZ.
NOTE: From the Publisher: “An innovative workbook that helps readers begin meaningful recovery from an often misunderstood addiction. This book guides readers through the first seven tasks in Dr. Patrick J. Carnes' researched-based thirty-task model of treatment—the most respected therapy model available for treating sex addicts.” 

Carnes, Patrick and Adams, Kenneth, Eds. (2002) Clinical management of sex addiction. BrunnerRoutledge, NY, NY and  Hove, East Sussex, England.
NOTE: From the Publisher: “This is the first comprehensive volume of the clinical management of sex addiction. Collecting the work of 28 leaders in this emerging field, the editors provide a long-needed primary text about how to approach treatment with these challenging patients. The book serves as an excellent introduction for professional new to the field as well as serving as a useful reference tool. The contributors are literally the pioneers of one of the last frontiers of addiction medicine and sex therapy. With a growing awareness of sex addiction as a problem, plus the advent of cybersex compulsion, professional clinicians are being confronted with sexual compulsion with little clinical or academic preparation. This is the first book distilling the experience of the leaders in this emerging field. With a focus on special populations, it also becomes a handy problem-solving tool. Readable, concise, and filled with useful interventions, it is a key text for a problem clinicians must be able to identify. It is destined to be a classic reference.”
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Carnes, Patrick Delmonico, David L. and Griffin, Elizabeth. (2001, 2007) In the shadows of the net: Breaking free of compulsive online sexual behavior. Hazelden, Center City, MN.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: The Shadow Side of the Net -  Have a Problem with Cybersex? - Understanding Problematic Sexual Behavior on the Internet - Courtship Gone Awry - Boundaries - Taking That First Step - The Loss of the Cybersex Relationship - Changing the Way You Live - Maintaining the Changes You’ve Made
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Corcoran, Maurita. (2011) A house interrupted: A wife’s story of recovering from her husband’s sex addiction. Gentle Path Press, Carefree, AZ.
NOTE: From the Publisher: “With the growing public awareness of how pervasive sex addiction has become in our culture, this memoir answers the questions that spouses must face in building lives of self-respect and confidence. Filled with actual raw journal entries, this first-hand account will help any spouse or partner who needs to know more about this devastating addictive disease….Maurita Corcoran and her husband have been in recovery for more than a dozen years. They have raised four children, and they remain happily married.” Preview in Google Books

Danos, Gregory J. (2002) Theory and treatment of sexual addiction: A review of current literature. Biola Univ., La Miranda, CA.

Griffin-Shelley, Eric. (1997) Sex and love: Addiction, treatment, and recovery. Praeger Pub., Westport, CT.
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Hunter, Mic. (1987) Hope and Recovery: A Twelve Step guide for healing from compulsive sexual behavior. Hazelden, Center City, MN.
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Hunter, Mic. (1994) Hope and Recovery: The workbook. Hazelden, Center City, MN.
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Laaser, Mark. (2004) Healing the wounds of sexual addiction. Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: What Is Sexual Addiction? - Addiction - The Roots of Sexual Addiction - Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction - Healing the Wounds of the Church
NOTE: From the Publisher: With today's rampant availability of Internet pornography, sexual addiction has become a national epidemic that affects up to 10 percent of Christians….This book offers a path that leads beyond compulsive thoughts and behaviors to healing and transformation. Sensitive to the shame of sexual addiction without minimizing its sinfulness, Dr. Mark Laaser traces the roots of the problem, discusses its patterns and impact, and maps out a biblical approach to self-control and sexual integrity.
Previously titled Faithful and True, this revision includes an all-new section that deals with sexual addiction in the church. Other important changes reflect cultural trends, incorporate current research, and place a greater emphasis on spiritual growth. This book also addresses the unique needs and issues of female sex addicts.
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Magness, Milton S. (2009)  Hope and freedom for sexual addicts and their partners. Gentle Path Press, Carefree, AZ.
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Maltz, Wendy and Maltz, Larry (2010) The porn trap: The essential guide to overcoming problems caused by pornography. HarperCollins, NY, NY.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: The Hidden Power of Porn -First Encounters - The Porn Relationship - To See or Not to See the Consequences of Porn - Partners in Pain - Hitting Bottom - Getting Motivated to Quit Porn - Six Basic Action Steps - Handling and Preventing Relapses - Healing as a Couple - A New Approach to Sex - True Freedom and Fulfillment - Resources NOTE: From the Publisher: “The Porn Trap will help you to: decide whether it’s time to quit using porn; learn how to stop using porn and deal with cravings; improve self-esteem and personal integrity; Heal an intimate relationship harmed by porn use; and develop a healthy sex life.”
Note: First person account of a Christian woman coming to grips qwith her husband’s addiction. Preview in Google Books

Schwartz, L. J. (2009) Out of bondage: Memoirs of a sex addict.  RoseDog Books, Pittsburgh, PA.
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Stoeker, Brenda, and Allen, Susan. The healing choice: How to move beyond betrayal. Waterbrook Press, Colorado Springs, CO.
NOTE: From the Publisher: “The healing choice reveals the hope-filled stories of two such women, authors Brenda Stoeker and Susan Allen, who draw on their own experiences and those of many others to offer step-by-step advice for rediscovering intimacy with God and finding the support you need to move toward genuine spiritual and emotional restoration.”
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Wilson, Meg (2007) Hope after betrayal: Healing when sexual addiction invades your marriage.  Kregel Pub.. Grand Rapids, MI.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Blackout Brutal Betrayal - Shrouded Waiting for Direction - First Shimmers Seeing the Obstacles - Lanterns Safe People - Laser Friend or Foe - Shadowlands Avoiding Dark Places - Glowworms Absorbing and Applying Grace - Firefly The Glowworm with Wings - Prisms Accepting God’s Design - Path Lights The Road Ahead - Refraction My Husbands Perspective – Journaling - Resources


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