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Clinical Management of Sex Addiction

1st Edition

Edited by Patrick J. Carnes, Kenneth M. Adams


418 pages

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This is the first comprehensive volume of the clinical management of sex addiction. Collecting the work of 28 leaders in this emerging field, the editors provide a long-needed primary text about how to approach treatment with these challenging patients. The book serves as an excellent introduction for professionals new to the field as well as serving as a useful reference tool. The contributors are literally the pioneers of one of the last frontiers of addiction medicine and sex therapy.

With a growing awareness of sex addiction as a problem, plus the advent of cybersex compulsion, professional clinicians are being confronted with sexual compulsion with little clinical or academic preparation. This is the first book distilling the experience of the leaders in this emerging field. With a focus on special populations, it also becomes a handy problem-solving tool. Readable, concise, and filled with useful interventions, it is a key text for a problem clinicians must be able to identify. It is destined to be a classic reference.

Table of Contents

Preface, Carnes, Adams. Part I: The Early Stages.The Sexual Addiction Assessment Process, Carnes, Wilson. Intervention and the Sexually Addicted Patient, James, Fearing. Breaking Through Defenses, Canning. Strategies for Assessment and Early Treatment with Sexually Addicted Families, Matheny. Part II: Treatment and Therapy. Shame Reduction, Affect Regulation, and Sexual Boundary Development: Essential Building Blocks in Sexual Addiction Treatment, Adams, Robinson. Manifestations of Damaged Development of the Human Affectional Systems and Developmentally Based Psychotherapies, Schwartz, Southern.Clinical Boundary Issues with Sexually Addicted Clients, Tays, Garrett, Earle. The Integration of Psychotherapy and 12-step Programs in Sexual Addiction Treatment, Parker, Guest. Recovery for Couples, Laaser. Disclosure of Extramarital Sexual Activities by Persons with Addictive or Compulsive Disorders: Results of a Study and Implications for Therapists, Schneider, Corely. Art Therapy: Treating the Invisible Sex Addict, Wilson. The Value of Group Psychotherapy for Sexual Addicts, Nerenberg.Psycho-pharmacologic Intervention in Addictive Sexual Behavior, Sealy. Dual and Triple Diagnosis: Addictions, Mental Illiness, and HIV Infection Guidelines for Outpatient Therapists, Sealy. Part III: Special Populations. Sex on the Superhighway: Understanding and Treating Cybersex Addiction, Delmonico. Females: the Forgotten Sexual Addicts, Ferree. Sexual Acting-out in Borderline Women: Impulsive Self-destructiveness or Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity? Rickards, Lasser. Pastors and Sexual Addiction, Lasser, Adams. Sexually Addicted Healthcare Professionals, Irons. Clinical Case Management and the Homeless Sex Addict, McGill. Treatment Concerns for Gay Male Sex Addicts, Weiss. Adolescent Sex and Love Addicts, Griffin-Shelley. Classifying Problematic Sexual Behavior: A Working Model Revisited, Delmonico, Griffin. Part IV: Clinical Practive and Resources. How to Build a Sex Addiction Practice, Turner. Resources.

About the Editors

Kenneth M. Adams, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in clinical practice since 1981, and clinical director of Program for Sexual Health and Addiction, a comprehensive outpatient treatment program for sexual addiction and other intimacy-based disorders. He is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trauma, addictive, and intimacy disorders.

Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D., C.A.S., is clinical director for sexual disorder services a The Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona. The educational and therapeutic services for sexual disorders available at The Meadows are built on the technology developed through Dr. Carnes' landmark study of the recoveries of 1,000 sex addicts. Dr. Carnes is a nationally known speaker on addiction and recovery issues.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health