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Claudia Black: Claudia Black, PhD is a renowned addictions and codependency expert, author, and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Since the 1970s, Dr. Black’s work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children. She has offered models of intervention and treatment related to family violence, addiction, relapse, anger, depression, and women’s issues. Dr. Black designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, addiction, and correctional services. She serves on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation.

Dr. Black is the author of It Will Never Happen to Me; Changing Course; My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A Disease; Repeat After Me; It’s Never Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood, Relapse Toolkit; A Hole in the Sidewalk; Depression Strategies; Straight Talk; The Stamp Game; Family Strategies; Anger Strategies; and Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies, and Secrets. She has produced seven audio CDs addressing issues of addiction and recovery. They are A Time for Healing, Putting the Past Behind, Triggers, Emotional Baggage, Trauma in the Addicted Family, Imageries, and Letting Go Imageries. And, she has over 20 DVDs for professionals to use working with families and clients. The Wisdom of Hope is her first title for Central Recovery Press.

Dr. Black is the Senior Clinical and Family Services Advisor for Central Recovery Treatment and Senior Editorial Advisor for Central Recovery Press.

Cara Tripodi: Cara Tripodi, LCSW, CSAT-S, received her MSS from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in 1991. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania, and since 2001 has been the Executive Director and owner of an outpatient treatment center specializing in sex addiction-STAR-Sexual Trauma and Recovery, Inc. in Wynnewood, PA. She has also been a workshop leader at the Pine Grove Behavioral Health program in Hattiesburg, MS. Pine Grove was founded by Patrick Carnes, and is one of the most renowned sex addiction treatment programs in the US.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Central Recovery Press (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936290936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936290932
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having researched and written several books and scholarly papers about partners of sex addicts, I was naturally very interested to read the latest book on this subject, by Claudia Black and Cara Tripodi, both professionals with extensive expertise in the area of helping partners affected by sex addiction. I wasn't disappointed. I am a big believer in the value of professional counseling as well as attendance at self-help meetings of other men and women whose lives have been shattered by a partner's infidelity. But that doesn't mean that additional work on their own isn't of additional value. On the contrary, if your partner is a sex then this excellent self-help manual can really help your recovery. Because this is a workbook, you can expect to do a lot of thinking and writing, and if you do, you will reap much benefit. Here is what you will learn. First, Black and Tripodi will validate your pain. Then they provide exercises to get you through the necessary grieving process. They will help you explore the behavior problems common to partners. These are are often related to your childhood experiences, which may have resulted in unhelpful beliefs and self-defeating behaviors, which have affected your current relationship. Next are exercises to help you take charge of your life, solidify your recovery plan, set goals for yourself, and move forward. The book will help you reclaim the power to affect your own behavior, make healthy choices, and regain your self-respect. I highly recommend this book!
Jennifer P Schneider, M.D., Ph.D, author of Back from Betrayal: Recovering from his Affairs; Sex, Lies, & Forgiveness: Couples Speak on Healing from Sex Addiction; and Surviving Disclosure: A Partner's Guide for Healing from the Trauma of Intimate Betrayal.
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This workbook was recommended to me by a supposed trauma therapist a year ago. I was so upset by what I perceived, at the time, to be the pro-addict stance that I threw it out. But then I decided I was just probably too reactive to see it clearly, and I got it back out and saved it for when I was more recovered. Now, a year later, after a lot more trauma (some from the therapy industry, and a lot from the legal system, since I live in a "Father's Rights" state), but also one really great therapist and a LOT of progress on recovery, I decided to try it again. I am much more confident in my ability to see it clearly, now. Unfortunately, it just looks even worse:

This ended up being a "self hatred" book. ("Disappointment" doesn't cover what I feel about this book. It's downright revolting.) The authors' premise seems to be: Every individual trait of the victim/partner of the sex addict, and everything that he or she has ever felt, or thought, or done, is not only incorrect, but is BAD and WRONG. What's more, that's unchangeable. The only way to "heal" and "recover" is to accept that the addict has every right to do what he/she does, and treat you the way he/she does. Not only can you not make the addict change, but you shouldn't *want* him or her to do so! You really need to accept that it is, at this time, and, in fact, has always been, YOUR FAULT THAT THE ADDICT IS AN ADDICT. If you (and your sick, twisted family) weren't so completely screwed up, and if you weren't so thoroughly (albeit unconsciously and instinctively) manipulative, then you, the partner of the addict, would have long since caused the addict to have such a happy and balanced life that the addict wouldn't *need* to be an addict anymore.
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I truly wish they put a different cover on this book. I do love all of the journally prompts so will simply cover the shamefilled woman on the cover. Recovery actually brings about much hope and even joy will creep back into your life! So ignore the cover and even the title.....
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I've been scouring books for help in my recovery. This is the best book that I have found. Of course, the book ended too early and I would love more helpful direction as I move forward. I was married to a sex addict for 17 years. We divorced. Afterwards, I thought I had forgiven and healed. I felt confident and ready to move on. However, after starting a new relationship several years later found that I have triggers and episodes of reliving deepest fears and hurt. I am at a place ready to and hopeful about fully recovering, so I find this book truthful to experience and very relevant for me. Thank you to the author! Well presented work.
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While there is important and useful information in the book, I was disappointed to see that the codependency model is still being used by Claudia Black, though she does include the trauma model as well. I know that Barbara Steffens who wrote "Your Sexually Addicted Spouse" and whose work has been incorporated in the certification for sex addiction therapists, CSAT, says she rarely ever uses the word codependency. I recommend Barbara's book.
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Claudia Black and Cara Tripodi have written one of the best books available for partners of sex addicts. Intimate Treason is a workbook that helps the partner navigate the painful trauma of discovering their loved one's sexual addiction to a place of healing. Along with the hope and support provided, it is full of thought provoking and empowering exercises. Claudia and Cara are insightful and compassionate about this work and their book is a wonderful contribution to the family members of sex addicts AND the clinicians that treat them. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, I have already recommended it to all the partners I treat and will be using it in the groups I facilitate.
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