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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568383606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568383606
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Covington, coauthor of Leaving the Enchanted Forest: The Path from Relationship to Intimacy (HarperCollins, 1988), offers this guide for women recovering from abuse, addiction, or dysfunctional relationships. She uses case histories mixed with practical suggestions on how to change past behavior and work toward healing. Particularly helpful are her appendixes, which discuss the sexual response cycle and women and AIDS. Bibliographies and resources are also included. Although titles on recovery proliferate, this book fills an important niche.
- Marguerite Mroz, Baltimore Cty. P.L.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

One of the most neglected issues for women in recovery from addiction and trauma is sexuality. With candor and compassion, Dr. Covington reminds readers that recovery "is about living life fully and completely, and sexual recovery is integral to the fullness of your life." Awakening Your Sexuality gives women the tools to process their sexual histories, understand their sexual selves, and create the fulfilling sexual lives they want. Honest, sensitive case studies and relevant exercises provide gentle, step-by-step guidance to help women confront guilt, shame, and addiction; become aware of their body images and behavioral patterns; honor and accept their pasts; and begin the liberating journey of sexual recovery and growth.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Dr. Stephanie S. Covington is a nationally recognized clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer. She is a pioneer in the field of women's issues, addiction, and recovery. She has developed an innovative, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed approach to the treatment needs of women and girls that results in effective services in public, private, and institutional settings.

Her presentations, staff-development seminars, and technical assistance focus on systems change and the development of caring, compassionate, and empowering therapeutic environments. They provide professionals an opportunity to learn new skills for dealing with personal, institutional, and societal changes and are always in demand, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Covington's clients include the Betty Ford Treatment Center, the Hanley Center, Pine Grove Women's Center, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in Washington, D.C., the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and numerous other treatment and correctional settings. Dr. Covington was a workshop chair for the women's treatment improvement protocol (TIP) and the trauma TIP (published by CSAT) and is the co-author of a three-year research project, Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders, for the National Institute of Corrections. This publication received the University of Cincinnati Award for its outstanding contribution to the field of corrections in the U.S. and Canada.

Educated at Columbia University and the Union Institute, Dr. Covington has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and the California School of Professional Psychology, and she is a former chair of the Women's Committee of the International Council on Alcoholism and Addiction. She is a board-certified Diplomate of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Board of Sexology and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Psychological Association. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Women's Services for the federal agency SAMHSA.

Dr. Covington is based in La Jolla, California, where she is co-director of the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice, which seeks to expand gender-responsive policies and practices for females who are under criminal justice supervision.

Among the many articles and books written by Dr. Covington are:
* Women and Addiction: A Gender-Responsive Approach
* Awakening Your Sexuality: A Guide for Recovering Women
* Leaving the Enchanted Forest: The Path from Relationship
Addiction to Intimacy

She also has program materials to help meet the needs of women and girls. The following curricula include training manuals for professionals and complementary materials for participants:
* Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction
(with a special edition for the criminal justice system)
* Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women
* Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls
* A Woman's Way through The Twelve Steps

For a list of Dr. Covington's recent articles, and descriptions of her current seminars for professionals, visit: www.stephaniecovington.com and www.centerforgenderandjustice.org.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1997
Format: Paperback
The author's writing style combined with expertise create an easy to read guide on a most challenging topic. It's focus on the hope for healthy recovery with very practical tools, aid the reader to map a secure path to success.
Telling the truth about the way it may be for recovering persons, shatters the prison walls of isolation, which is a key first step. Choices and a gentle, respectful approach to individual paths and pace invite the reader to trust and take action.

For the professional, this tool neatly weaves together key areas of dysfunction/disease to serve those still hurting and misdirected and keeps it simple. A sound reference index is included for in-depth support.

It is a MUST resource for the individual and professional who encounters addictions, sexual problems and denial.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Julia on August 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Extremely disappointing and even frustrating at times since this book emphasizes on addictions and recovery - from addictions.
When I purchased this book I thought that recovery meant turning things around - no matter what the cause might have been. This book mentions over and again addictions which makes it all the more difficult to relate if you have never gone down that road.
I wouldn't recommend it unless you are a recovering alcoholic or are considering taking part in a 12 step programs.
For all others, check out ''Sex Smart - How your childhood shaped your sexuality and what to do about it'', you might find it more enlightning.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Stephanie Covington writes with candor and sensitivity as she addresses how women's sexuality is shaped by a male-based society; how dysfunctional families influence a woman's sexuality; what the sexual revolution did for and to women; how women are affected by alcohol, drugs, and AIDS; what the connection is between sexuality and spirituality; and how sexual addiction and sexual abuse recovery groups address sexual issues. Awakening Your Sexuality is thoughtful, considerate, responsible, highly recommended reading which also provides personalized exercises and positive, step-by-step guidance for women needing to deal with issues of guilt, shame, addiction, destructive body image and behavior patterns, and begin the liberating journey of sexual recovery and growth.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Chick on August 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
I thought this book went overboard. Emphasis on the nitty-gritty. Reduces to clinical -- what is so much more. Biased. Posturing her own perceptions. Covington assumes she has authority on what is now natural, good and right .. touting her credentials.

She misses the forest for the trees.

Left me cold. Not for anyone alive & well -- or a trace of romance in their soul... But if you are easily manipulated .. go for it.
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