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Recovering from Sexual Abuse, Addictions, and Compulsive Behaviors

“Numb” Survivors, 1st Edition

By Carlton Munson, Sandra L. Knauer


398 pages

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Explore the connection between sexual victimization, addiction, and compulsive behaviors!

This book demonstrates clearly what lengths survivors of sexual abuse will go to in attempting to avoid dealing with the pain resulting from their sexual abuse. Anyone who has been sexually abused is likely to have one of the addictions or compulsive behaviors described herein. The information in Recovering from Sexual Abuse, Addictions, and Compulsive Behaviors regarding codependency is especially useful to survivors of sexual abuse who now find themselves in abusive relationships.

Survivors of abuse who have gone without treatment sometimes become either sexual perpetrators or sexual addicts and may experience many different types of psychological dysfunction. Recovering from Sexual Abuse, Addictions, and Compulsive Behaviors examines issues that survivors often have regarding:

  • trust and friendship
  • sexuality and sexual addiction
  • marriage and family
  • religious addiction as opposed to spirituality
  • alcohol and substance abuse
  • workaholism
  • weight issues and eating disorders
  • violence as the result of shame, fear, and depression caused by abuse
Recovering from Sexual Abuse, Addictions, and Compulsive Behaviors is more than a litany of the problems that survivors face. This valuable work will show you:
  • HOW the survivor came to employ addictive or compulsive behaviors
  • WHY the survivor continues to employ these self-abusive behaviors despite the pain caused by the addiction
  • WHAT the survivor needs to do to aid recovery
  • WHERE the survivor can turn to obtain the help that is needed to recover from addictive or compulsive behaviors
With its complete bibliography and up-to-date information on sexual abuse, addictions, and compulsive behaviors, Recovering from Sexual Abuse, Addictions, and Compulsive Behaviors will show you the full course of sexual abuse and its aftermath, bringing you from the beginnings of sexual abuse through the steps that lead to addiction and compulsion, and ultimately, recovery.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: The Development of Addictive and Compulsive Behaviors
  • Chapter 1. The Need for Anesthesia
  • Chapter 2. The Nature of Addictions, Compulsion, and the Trance State: An Addict's Limited Range of Dysfunctional Choices
  • Chapter 3. Family-of-Origin Issues: How the Stage Is Set for Addictions and Compulsions
  • Chapter 4. Feeling “Less Than”
  • Chapter 5. Life Through Gray-Colored Lenses
  • Chapter 6. Fear As a Catalyst for Addictive Behaviors
  • Chapter 7. Violence As an Outgrowth of Shame, Fear, and Depression
  • Chapter 8. Drugs and Alcohol as Anesthesia
  • Chapter 9. Weight Issues, Eating Disorders, and Disturbed Body Image As Anesthesia
  • Chapter 10. Codependency As an Addiction
  • Chapter 11. Sexual Addiction and Sexual Codependency
  • Chapter 12. Religious Addiction versus Spirituality
  • Chapter 13. Assorted Addictions and Compulsions Commonly Seen in Survivors
  • Chapter 14. Switching Addictions
  • Part II. The Recovery Process
  • Chapter 15. Establishing Healthy Boundaries
  • Chapter 16. Addictions As a Spiritual Issue
  • Chapter 17. Using the Twelve Steps for Healing from Sexual Abuse, Addictions, and Compulsive Behaviors
  • Appendix: Letters from the Survivor's Groups
  • Support Groups and Resources
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Compulsive Behavior
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health