1st Edition

Practicing Prodependence The Clinical Alternative to Codependency Treatment

By Robert Weiss, Kim Buck Copyright 2022
    226 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In Practicing Prodependence: The Clinical Alternative to Codependency Treatment, Drs. Weiss and Buck present a new social and psychological model of human interdependence-focused treatment for families and loved ones of addicts.

    Unlike Codependence, Prodependence celebrates the human need for and pursuit of intimate connection, viewing this as a positive force for change. This strength and attachment-based model is focused on accepting and celebrating human connection in ways that are healthy and life affirming for each person – even in the face of addiction. In this way, Prodependence presents a new paradigm through which loved ones can learn to love more effectively, without bearing shame or judgment for the valuable help they give.

    This book will assist counselors, therapists, and addiction professionals in improving the ways they treat loved ones of addicts and other troubled people, teaching readers how to offer clients more dignity for their suffering than blame for the problem.

    Foreword Preface Acknowldgments Section One: Understanding Codependence 1. The "Diagnosis" of Codependency 2. The Sociological Failings of Codependency Section Two: Understanding Prodependence 3. Connection, Attachment, and Abuse 4. What is Prodependence? Section Three: Conceptualizing Prodependent Treatment 5. The Underpinnings of Prodependence Treatment 6. Foundations of Clinical Practice 7. Clinical Applications of Prodependence Section Four: The Workbook Section FIVE: Prodependence FAQs Prodependence Clinical Guide List of References Index


    Robert Weiss, PhD, LCSW, is Chief Clinical Officer of Seeking Integrity LLC, working with sex, porn, and substance/sex-addicted men. He is an expert in the treatment of adult intimacy disorders and related addictions. A clinical sexologist and practicing psychotherapist, he has created intimacy-focused clinical treatment programs in the US, overseas, and for the US military. He serves as a subject matter expert for major media outlets including CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and Newsweek, among others. He is the author of ten books, including Prodependence, Sex Addiction 101, and Out of the Doghouse. His Psychology Today blog, "Love and Sex in the Digital Age," has had over 20 million readers, while his podcast, "Sex, Love, and Addiction," has generated more than 900,000 eager listeners since its inception in 2019.

    Kim Buck, PhD, LPC, is the owner of Aspire Counseling Services and an executive team member at Family Strategies Counseling Center. Dr. Buck is a practicing licensed professional counselor and clinical sexologist, who is highly specialized in the treatment of adult problematic sexual behaviors and the challenges associated with intimate betrayal. She creates curriculum, trains and supervises clinicians, and educates the public in a variety of forums. She gratefully serves as a clinical consultant to the HOPE Mental Health Foundation (501(c)(3)) that raises funds to provide specialized mental health services to local underserved communities. Kim resides in Arizona with her husband of 31 years, and together they have two adult children.