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Breaking the Cycle: Free Yourself from Sex Addiction, Porn Obsession, and Shame Paperback – October 1, 2011
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“Breaking the Cycle by George Collins is a 911 call that can save your life and those you love from sex addiction, porn obsession, and shame. Honest, stark, hard-hitting and yet hopeful, Collins lays out the steps required to wrestle self-control back from your sexually compulsive impulses. In your darkest time, Breaking the Cycle brings the light you are looking for!”
—Don Elium, MFT, adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University and author of Raising a Son
“Prior to reading this book, I had been acting out my sexually compulsive behaviors for forty years. Each chapter is filled with specific experiences and emotions that I have struggled with in the past. As a result of the techniques described in this book, my addiction has faded away."
—Ralph, sex addict in recovery in Rhode Island
“This book offers a raw look into the world of sex addicts. George Collins’ courageous self-revelation of his own sex addiction has helped hundreds of men and women to find what is essential for rehabilitation inside themselves. His ‘I’ll pay you to just be honest’ conversation with the sex worker and client was itself worth the cost of the book!”
—Don L. Mathews, MFT, director of the Impulse Treatment Center
“This is gripping stuff, and a real page-turner of a book. The real-life stories have the ring of truth, and the dialogue is unmistakably real. The use of trenchant, memorable lines, like, ‘you can’t get enough of what won’t satisfy you,’ really get the message across.”
— Bob, sex addict in recovery in California
“Collins' take on the mental obsession leading to physical addiction and subsequent negative consequence is pure poetry for the troubled romantic soul. Even if you are NOT an addict, you will find this book a useful GPS to navigate new neighborhoods of abnormal thinking in people you know or will encounter someday. On a personal note, I am honored to be mentioned and I am grateful he didn't abbreviate First Thought Wrong even one time. Thank you, George, for taking First Thought Wrong from sexual to helpful, hopeful and safe.”
—Mark Lundholm, internationally recognized stand-up comedian and creator of The Recovery Board Game and the DVD series Humor in Treatment
From the Publisher
In Breaking the Cycle, sex addiction specialist George Collins offers a powerful, no-nonsense program for helping readers identify their unhealthy sexual patterns, overcome sex addiction, and start living more productive lives.
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Collins offers compassion to heal the shame felt by those who suffer with sex addiction. He gives creative and brave ways for therapists to assist their clients. I highly recommend this book to all therapists treating sex addiction, to anyone suffering from sex addiction, and to the wives and husbands of partners with as sex addiction.
George takes the mystery out of this challenge, helping all involved. He lets you know that nobody is alone and there is a way to recover, transform, and find deep peace. He offers exercises for therapists to use with clients, and for people who are suffering to use themselves.
George paves the way for what has been a closeted conflict, to be openly addressed and healed.
Thanks to this book, my clients are finding deeper relief, peace, and forgiveness (of self and other).
Additionally, George Collins is entertaining in a meaningful and moving manner, courageous, and unique as therapist/writer. His sense of humor makes an emotionally charged topic, much easier to address.
Dr. Laurie Moore, LMFT, CHT
I had to be willing to go with the flow at the outset because the lessons and strategies seemed somewhat foreign and quirky at first. Then, not long into the book, everything started to click. The strategies are pretty straightforward to understand and implement, and there's a definite "learning by doing" component - I'm not saying everything is always easy to internalize and fully appreciate right away, but like most worthwhile things, you get out of it what you put into it. I found the more I just stuck with it (What did I have to lose? I hadn't been successful left to my own devices before) and practiced what was recommended, the more it made sense, and the more easily I could persist and improve.
And then I found myself scratching under the surface of the basic lessons, and saw that they were really about skills for leading a sounder, more peaceful life in general - practices that can go so far beyond the immediate need of breaking a compulsion. Of course, it was first things first - I absolutely had to stop the madness of my compulsion; but somehow, I managed to make a ton of progress almost instantly. I was really, really ready to stop that madness. Then it hit me that I could apply the same practices to almost every aspect of daily life - the practices are, basically, about being so much more aware of what's happening in your head every moment (in the "Don't believe everything you think" vein), catching all that negativity/fear/reaction/overreaction/worry as soon as it crops up, understanding that it's just the way the mind works and that you have the power to control it, and then swiftly and skillfully converting negative thoughts to constructive alternative thoughts that allow you to really see and appreciate and engage with people and experiences around you. Amazing, amazing stuff. Simple yet powerful.
So I would suggest to prospective readers of this book...first, just give in, suspend your assumptions, and give it a try if you don't connect with it right off the bat...the skills that Collins coaches you to apply may not resonate with you instantly but little by little they will make a lot of sense and eventually come together as a great package. (Stick with it. Belief follows action.) Use it to address your urgent sex/porn compulsion issue of the moment, and if you use it only to address your compulsion, great - you will have accomplished a tremendous task, and congratulations. But why stop there? If you choose to apply the skills at another level, it offers so much more. Relationships, friendships, work, dealing with challenges and life in general can get a lot better just by stretching a bit to extend the principles and practices across all facets of everyday life.
My original intent was to pull myself out of porn hell - I had no idea that would be only the start of an incredibly rewarding ride. There is really good stuff in this book - it's up to you to get it out.