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The Sex Addiction Workbook: Proven Strategies to Help You Regain Control of Your Life (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) Paperback – August 1, 2004

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"This is a excellent book. It speaks directly to individuals with sexual addiction problems in a down-to-earth and respectful manner. The easy style does not disguise the fact that sexual addiction problems are serious and damaging both to victims and the individuals themselves. The quality of the psychological knowledge contained in the book is first rate and the book is beautifully written. It is obvious that Sbraga and O'Donohue have total mastery of their subject matter and are compassionate yet challenging therapists. This book would be an ideal adjunct to therapy or a valuable treatment resource for individuals wanting to work on sexual addiction problems on their own. I am sure it will become a classic."
—Tony Ward, Ph.D., clinical director of the School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and coauthor of Sexual Deviance: Issues and Controversies and Remaking Relapse Prevention with Sex Offenders

From the Publisher

The only scientifically supported treatment method for sex addicts.

· Explore the root causes of your addiction

· Reduce high-risk sexual behavior and the use of online porn, phone sex, strip bars

· Put an end to affairs forever

· Rediscover a healthy attitude toward sex

· Learn skills to help you increase your motivation to change

· Improve your intimate relationships

Two leading clinical psychologists specializing in the treatment of sexual self-control problems offer the first workbook to use proven cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, strategies to help sexual addicts. Individuals who risk their finances, reputations, marriages and even their lives for a quick sexual fix learn easy, step-by-step strategies to help them overcome their addiction to sex and restore their relationships.

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Product Details

  • Series: New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243767
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Anthony B. Ward on October 5, 2004
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I am a professor of clinical psychology with over 150 publications primarily on some aspects of sexual offending and 15 years experience working with sexual offenders. I have also edited several books and authored two others on the explanation, assessment, and treatment of sexual offenders. In my view this is an outstanding publication which manages to combine excellent scholarship with sound practical advice for individuals with sexual disorders. It is written in a clear and straight forward manner and I think will engage offenders in the process of learning to manage their destructive actions and turning their lives around. It should prove useful as an adjunct resource for therapists and also provide individuals reluctant to seek therapy with some valuable strategies for controlling their sexually deviant behavior. This is an excellent addition to the treatment literature.

Tony Ward, PhD, DipClinPsyc
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Relocating Reader on June 23, 2008
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Any book that makes a spurious claim on its cover is off to a bad start. This one claims to be "The only scientifically supported treatment method for addicts." That claim is not supported by anything in the book. Sources and studies are generally not cited, though the authors do proudly point out that "most" people who used the book found it "helpful." Hardly scientific.

The text feels as if it were written by a college freshman trying to pad a term paper. It repeats itself and wastes a lot of paper and ink with platitudes like "If others can, you can too."

The authors seem to think addiction, which is a complex physiological condition, can be treated simply. Willpower, discipline and shame are emphasized. There's a great deal of blame placed on the porn industry. Recommendations are simplistic, e.g. Disconnect your computer if you use Internet porn, and don't drive down streets where prostitutes hang out.

About every other page, the authors remind you that if you don't stop it you'll go to jail or get AIDS.

Finally, this book seems to be directed at heterosexual males who are sexual predators to one degree or another. There's a lot of talk about molestation and forcing one's partner into rough sex acts. The authors spend at least half their energy trying to convince the reader that he is definitely a sex addict.

This might be useful for sexual predators in denial. But for anybody who acknowledges they have a problem with sex addiction or sexually compulsive behavior, this book offers almost nothing.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Antonuccio on September 28, 2004
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This book offers guidance for individuals who struggle with an addiction to sex. It is written in a practical, often entertaining, and always enlightening way. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with psychotherapy. I wish I had had this book in the past as an adjunct to conducting psychotherapy with my patients who have had such problems. I will be sure to use it with patients in the future.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Wagner on January 9, 2007
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As a pastoral counselor I found this book useful in getting in touch with core basics and how to methodically move through them. I have now used this book with 2 clients and have purchased the last one for a good friend who is struggling with his addictions to pornography. The authors show good insight into the realm of sex addiction and how to pull through it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LORRAINE LABARRE on August 23, 2007
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I, as a therapist who works with folks who have sexual addictions, have found this book to be a good resource to supplement the work we do together in sessions. It is well written and seems to address the issues in a gentle manner, allowing clients to work at a comfortable pace.
Lorraine LaBarre, LCSW
New London, CT
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al Borrelli on March 24, 2008
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This workbook is practical and empirically supported. Its exercises are clear and cognitively based and includes a survey to measure the degree of sex addiction. I use it in my work with patients in psychotherapy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nestor R. Mantilla on March 20, 2009
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Interesting and informative book for those working with clients and or patients that have sexual addictions. However, this book could have been improved by having a section or a chapter regarding Family Counseling and or Therapy for service providers working with individuals with sexual addictions.

Nestor R. Mantilla
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LambiePie on June 3, 2013
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I gave it a 4 out of a 5 because I think the workbook activities could be streamlined. Because I am working with a client who specifically has a pornogrpahy addiction and does not act out with others, I only use the material relevant to him. This book uses a good cognitive behavioral approach.
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