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Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction

Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction

by Patrick Carnes, 2001

The first and still the best book on sexual addiction. A source of compassionate understanding and a path to recovery, for both those suffering from this addiction and those who find themselves in relationships with them.

In the Shadows of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior (2nd edition)

In the Shadows of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior (2nd edition)

by Patrick Carnes et al., 2007

Provides understanding and great resources for overcoming this increasingly common addiction. Updated version of an already excellent book by a leader in the treatment of sexual addictions and his colleagues.

Treating Pornography Addiction: The Essential Tools for Recovery

Treating Pornography Addiction: The Essential Tools for Recovery

by Kevin B. Skinner, 2005

Clear and simple tools for understanding why one is drawn to pornography, overall and at specific times, and for overcoming what can be a very powerful addiction. Great resource for individuals and therapists.

Addiction & Recovery for Dummies

Addiction & Recovery for Dummies

by Brian Shaw, Paul Ritvo, & Jane Irvine, 2004

Don’t let the silly title fool you. This is a great book, written with deep understanding and compassion for what it’s like to struggle with any kind of addiction. It has lots of excellent information and resources, all very clearly presented. Plenty of good advice for family and friends too.

Willpower’s Not Enough: Recovering from Addictions of Every Kind

Willpower’s Not Enough: Recovering from Addictions of Every Kind

by Arnold Washton & Donna Boundy, 1990

Explains how most addictions are rooted in childhood experiences, how people turn to addictive substances and behaviors to escape unwanted feelings, how you can get stuck in addictive behaviors, and how to transform yourself and your life to avoid repeated relapses and truly recover for good.