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Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction Paperback – May 23, 2001
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"We recommend Patrick Carnes's Out of the Shadows...to every sex addict and codependent we treat...This (book provides) a tremendously powerful experience, helping both sex addicts and codependents realize that they are not alone and not destined to eternally be at the mercy of the disease."
--Dr. Ralph Earle and Dr. Gregory Crow, Lonely All the Time
"Out of the Shadows has become a guidebook for sufferers and counselors alike."
--Roda Salter, Keene Sentinel
About the Author
Patrick J. Carnes, PhD, is an internationally known authority and speaker on addiction and recovery issues. He has authored over twenty books including the bestselling titles Out of the Shadows: Understanding Addiction Recovery, Betrayal Bond, Don't Call It Love, The Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps and The Gentle Path through the Twelve Principles.Dr. Carnes' research provides the architecture for the "task model" of treating addictions that is used by thousands of therapists worldwide and many well-known treatment centers, residential facilities, and hospitals. He founded IITAP (International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals), which provides CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) training and certification as well as cutting-edge information for addiction professionals. Dr. Carnes currently serves as a Senior Fellow and Executive Director for the Gentle Path Program at The Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona.For more information on his work and contributions: www.patrickcarnes.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter: @drpatrickcarnes.
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Although there are parts of the book designed to help sex addicts, it is not primarily a therapy book. It does not contain various exercises to help the addict, instead, it refers addicts to the available 12 step programs, which are invaluable.
Its value is helping the sex addict recognize who he is, and that he is not alone in his struggle.
I do not agree with all of his assumptions, including that masturbation is morally neutral. Furthermore, some of the descriptions of sexual acts may arouse some addicts, but there may be no way to fully avoid this problem.
Take what you like, ignore the rest.