Beating Sexual or Pornography Addiction on Your Own

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Beating Sexual or Pornography Addiction on Your Own

This is tough.  Beating an addiction, any addiction, on your own is hard work. When you get stuck, where do you turn?  What do you say to your loved ones to explain what is happening to you, to them, to your relationships?  Where do you turn to understand your addiction so you can make the lasting change you want?

I’m not recommending that you attempt to beat an addiction to sex or pornography on your own. But, there are some great books on the topic that can be very beneficial in understanding your addiction and how to start the process of getting better.

I’ve recommended all these to clients in group therapy and in individual therapy. We often refer to them in session to deepen the client’s learning and understanding.  Some of my favorite books on the topic are:

Out Of The Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction  by Dr. Patrick Carnes  This is a great read for the addicted individual and adult family members.

Treating Pornography Addiction: The Essential Tools for Recovery by Dr. Kevin B. Skinner  This book is for the addicted individual and is full of introspective exercises to shed light on your addiction and begin the process of moving through it.

Breaking The Cycle by George N. Collins, MA  This is another book for the addicted individual and explores Mr. Collins’ own battle and those of many clients he has worked with.

Will reading a book about sexual addition or pornography addiction restore your marriage, rebuild friendships, save your job or provide the lifestyle free of addiction that you’re seeking?  Probably not. But, when coupled with individual, group and family therapy your odds for beating your addiction go way, way up!

 

About the Author:

Dan Gabbert holds a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City, MO. Dan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (CSAT), a rigorous certification issued by The International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).