Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction
A comprehensive guide for people who struggle with sex addiction and those who want to help them
Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction demonstrates why people’s lives are being destroyed by compulsive sexual behaviour and what we can do to help them. The book examines the latest research into these conditions and outlines the new integrative C.H.O.I.C.E. Recovery Model, a practical, sex-positive model which incorporates CBT, ACT and psychodynamic theories to help people enjoy lifetime recovery.
This new edition has been updated throughout, with new material covering pornography addiction, ChemSex, internet offending and female sex and love addiction. Written in a clear and informative manner, this book contains support and advice for both the clinician and for those who suffer from sex addiction, and provides tools for securing confident and rewarding recovery.
Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction is essential reading for anyone looking to make an enduring recovery from these conditions, as well as for clinicians new to the field and those wanting to update their skills and knowledge.
Table of Contents
Part I - Understanding Sex & Porn Addiction
Chapter 1 – Defining Sex & Porn Addiction
Chapter 2 – Assessment
Chapter 3 – How Addiction Starts
Chapter 4 – How Addiction is Maintained & Reinforced
Chapter 5 – The Impact on Partners & Relationships
Part II – Socio Cultural Differences
Chapter 6 – Female Sex & Love Addiction
Chapter 7 – Sexual Diversities & ChemSex
Chapter 8 – Faith Communities & Spirituality
Chapter 9 – Sex Offending
Part III – The CHOICE Recovery Model
Chapter 10 – Challenge Core Beliefs
Chapter 11 – Have a Vision
Chapter 12 - Overcome Compulsive Behaviours
Chapter 13 – Identify Positive Sexuality
Chapter 14 – Connect with Others
Chapter 15 – Establish Confident Recovery
Further Reading & Resources
Paula Hall is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, specialising in sex and porn addiction. She is Clinical Director of the Laurel Centre who provide treatment services around the UK and accredited diploma level training to professionals. She is also founder of the Hall Recovery Course and a founder trustee of ATSAC.
'Paula Hall’s thoughtful update to Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction makes this already excellent and highly useful book as current and inclusive as possible in our increasingly sexually diverse and constantly changing world. This material is required reading for anyone with an interest in adult intimacy disorders like sex and porn addiction.'
Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT, author of Sex Addiction 101
'Hall’s new edition allows readers to benefit from her vast experience on the front line treating those adversely affected by problematic sexual behaviours as she aids them in establishing healthy, fulfilling sex lives. Her accessible, straightforward, well referenced explanation of the relevant science reveals a solid analysis of the preponderance of the evidence in this rapidly evolving field.'
Gary Wilson, author of Your Brain On Porn; founder of www.yourbrainonporn.com
'Paula’s book takes our knowledge and understanding of sexual addiction to new levels using her own developing experience and knowledge along with a grounded theoretical understanding. It seems to me the greatest value of this update on the original ground-breaking book is in the clarity of Paula’s description of the C.H.O.I.C.E. model that is instantly applicable to any therapist, irrespective of their modality.'
Peter Saddington, Chair of COSRT
'Paula Hall is one of the leading psychotherapists in the field of sex addiction and writes in a clear, engaging manner. This new edition will surely prove as useful to both therapists and those affected by sex addiction, and ChemSex, as her earlier books.'
Dr Stephen Higgins, Clinical Psychologist (Sexual Health)