Don't Call It Love: Recovery from Sexual Addiction

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Bantam Books, 1992 - Self-Help - 439 pages
"Dr. Patrick Carnes is a creative,  pioneering, and courageous human being. His books are  changing the lives of  thousands!"

"I lost three marriages, all because of affairs."  "I became suicidal because of multiple intense  involvements."

"I spent money on sex when I  needed it for children's clothes."

"I  lost promotion opportunities and a special  scholarship because my co-workers found out about my sex  life."

Every day they face the possibility of  destruction, risking their families, fiances,  jobs, dignity, and health. They come from all walks  of life: ministers, physicians, therapists,  politicians, executives, blue-collar workers. Most were  abused as children--sexually, physically or  emotionally--and saw addictive behavior in their early  lives. Most grapple with other addictions as well,  but their fiercest battle is with the most  astounding prevalent "secret" disorder in  America: sexual addiction. Here is a ground-breaking  work by the nation's leading professional expert on  sexual addiction, based on the candid testimony of  more than one thousand recovering sexual addicts  in the first major scientific study of the  disorder. This essential volume includes not only the  revealing findings of Dr. Carne's research with  recovering addicts but also advice from the addicts and  co-addicts themselves as they work to overcome  their compulsive behavior. Positive, hopeful, and  practical,Don't Call It Loveis  a landmark book that helps us better understand  all addictions, their causes, and the difficult path  to recovery.
 

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User Review  - Jim - Christianbook.com

Excellent book on the subject of sex addiction and sexual compulsive behaviors.I have read everything I could find on this subject and this is the one I found most helpful personally. Carnes is the ... Read full review

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User Review  - peonygoat - LibraryThing

A very good overview of sex addiction and what to do about recovering from it. Read full review

Contents

Amatomy of an Addiction
9
Transformation of an illness
177
The Tasks of the First Year
210
Rebuilding
259
Working a Program and Healthy Sex
299
Family of Origin and Child Abuse
328
Family Renewal
350
Toward a New Culture
383
Notes
390
Selected Data Sets
414
Index
427
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"This clear,  helpful, well-organized guide... points the way  toward healing twisted relationships and reclaiming  healthy sexuality."--Publishers  Weekly

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