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"I think this book is a great read for anybody struggling with sexual addiction: both partners, the one who 'has' sexual addiction as a pattern & the one dealing with the effects of that on the relationship.  For me it was a useful book because it looks in depth at how healthy relationships work."  "review on wizzley.com"

"I'm in awe with the information & real life stories I read in this book. It's intriguing & was a book that was hard to put down.  I had no idea sexual addiction could be so complicated & most importantly, are they willing  to take hold of the situation & repair damaged relationships as a result."  Review on Blogfully.net

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Paldrom Catharine Collins helps couples work through their sexually addicted relationships at Compulsion Solutions, an outpatient counseling service. Previously a Buddhist nun, she is married to a former sex addict.  For the past 7 years, through her depth of awareness, sensitivity and her kind & compassionate qualities, she has been integral in helping individuals & couples find more love, deeper peace & meaning in their lives.  She lives in Pleasant Hill, CA.

George N. Collins, MA is a former sex addict and founder and director of Compulsion Solutions, an outpatient counseling service that addresses sexually compulsive behavior. George is also a professional member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. He lives in Pleasant Hill, CA. Find him at CompulsionSolutions.com.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (December 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440512213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440512216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By reg guy on November 26, 2011
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I cannot express how refreshing it was to see how the problems that I have been dealing with my entire life and for the 26 years that I have been married were so eloquently laid out in this book. When reading this book Paldron breaks down in practical terms what a sex addict is and all of the behaviors associated. Once she has done this Paldron clearly lays out what is needed to be done to put back or in my case create the foundations of a healthy and functional relationship. The book is written in practical and day to day terms and is not theoretical. Being a sex addict for my entire adult life and having a dysfunctional marriage I feel this book has helped me find something I never had which is love and intimacy.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Eric&Shauna on April 15, 2013
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My husband WAS a porn/sex addict. He read George Collins first book ("breaking the Cycle") and called him for help through his counseling services. It changed our life and our marriage and I will always be grateful to Mr. Collins for having the courage to write his book. "Breaking the Cycle" and Compulsion Solutions did more than any "expert" or "professional" for us. They author as well as his counselors are REAL experts- they overcame their addiction. No degree can replace real life. In regards to the second book geared toward couples, I must be honest, I can tell his wife wrote most of the second book. To me, it's very wishy-washy and contradictory in parts...which is not AT ALL how the first book was. She is probably a nice lady and they both meant well in authoring this together, but she simply hasn't' lived through the hell. She gets the "cleaned up" version of George and the luxury to not be deeply offended by porn..all porn. She was not the one who had her heart ripped to pieces by him and then asked to "bear with him". I felt at times the second book was patronizing and I could spot from a mile away that she had never truly suffered from his previous sexual addiction. My proof for this theory actually came pretty quick, on page 10, when she says something to the effect of, "pornography is OK in normal and healthy relationship." That sentence broke my heart all over again. I ripped out that page and even threw the book away after I struggled to get through it. I think she undid alot of his work with that statement. Porn is not "victim-less". It's not a light-hearted tool to use in the bedroom. It has consequences. It hurts those viewing it and those in it. To condone it in a book that tries to undo porn's damage is simply idiotic.Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Einbinder on January 23, 2012
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This book is a life saver for couples who have been lost in the misery and pain of sex addiction.
The real life stories of couples who have not only survived, but thrived, are inspirational. This book is warm,loving and full of valuable information. The tools offered are beautifully written and encouraging. I recommend this book to couples everywhere who are in need of guidance and just plain help.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Hall-Whitney on September 1, 2012
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Trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again is how I can best describe my marriage to a sex addict. If you decide to try and put it together again, where do you start? Surround yourself with a ton of support and read books like this. It's a great guide for couples trying to recover from such a taboo and insidious addiction. The Collins have provided a simple (not always easy) guide to help couples navigate and endure the slow, difficult, and often painful process of rebuilding a relationship. Thank you Paldrom and George!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By snoogums on April 24, 2013
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This book is a must read for all couples who want to save their relationship once they have been affected by porn or sex addiction. Whether you are just discovering it or learning how to deal with it. Its a real eye opener and it really hits what you are feeling perfectly. In order to learn you must feel and confront your feelings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mavrodaphne on September 18, 2013
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This book is a written in a straight forward, intelligent and organized style. The author tells it like it is with wisdom. The organization of each chapter not only makes for easy reading but provides clarity and comprehension of a most difficult situation that one faces in their life. I particularly liked at the end of each chapter how the author summarized and then offered what to expect in the next chapter. I will re read this book several times over until I can easily put to use the information provided. I thank the author for writing this book which I view as an anchor or life saving device to keep me afloat during these difficult times of reconciliation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill on March 14, 2013
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I have read this book twice and started all over again. after being in in recovery this makes every day easer
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By Alive on August 1, 2012
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When you are in the throes of sex addiction, and spiraling back to sanity you need a place to get simple information you can use to help save your relationship. This book has it. It's a book for the couple in the trenches.

If you're at the place where you have decided that you'd rather have a real woman instead of a prostitute or pixels this book is for you. Buy it to show your woman that you want to save the relationship. It's better than flowers, trust me.

This book is exactly what it says it is, a step by step guide. Good luck.
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