10 Great Books on Sex Addiction and Recovery from Sex Addiction

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If you’re dealing with sex addiction, a sex addict in your family or cyber sex, the following books will help you understand the disease of sex addiction and help with your journey to recovery from sex addiction.

Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction

Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.

Dr. Carnes’ book has been praised by many sex addiction experts. It adeptly captures the mind of an addict in detail and provides an analysis of the particular behaviors. If you want to get into and understand the mind of the sex addict, this book is the right place to begin.

Don’t Call It Love: Recovery from Sex Addiction

Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.

In this book one can find useful advice from recovering addicts and their partners, as well as more of Dr. Carnes’ compelling research. If you are seeking helpful advice about your recovery or your partner’s recovery, this book is a good beginning.

Hope After Betrayal: Healing When Sexual Addiction Invades Your Marriage

Meg Wilson

Ms. Wilson’s book is written from firsthand experience, and is an essential for any woman who feels hurt, betrayed, or shunned by her husband’s sexual addiction. There are religious tones to this book, which some people may not find useful, but nonetheless its pages are full of healing stories and hope for the survival of relationships after sex addiction.

Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal

Barbara Steffens, Ph.D. & Marsha Means

This book presents the idea that partners of sex addicts are not co-dependent as traditionally thought, but rather victims of post-traumatic stress. Dr. Steffens has done extensive research into this topic, while Means writes from personal experience, which brings individual insight to the book.

In The Shadows of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior

Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.

In a day and age when pornography is easily accessed for free on the Internet with the click of a mouse, a book such as this one is extremely valuable. This book provides insight and information for modern day sex addiction with the advent of the Internet.

 The Sex Addiction Workbook: Proven Strategies to Help You Regain Control of Your Life

William T. O’Donohue, Ph.D. & Tamara Penix Sbraga, Ph.D.

This book is heavily based on the strategies utilized in cognitive behavioral therapy. While this book alone is unlikely to cure someone’s sex addiction, the strategies presented in its pages are helpful for day-to-day maintenance and behavioral thinking.

Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction

Dr. Mark R. Laaser

Dr. Laaser’s work has been found to be healing, having roots in the Bible and Christian teachings. One of the best features about this book is it outlines the unique needs and features of female sex addicts.

Breaking the Cycle: Free Yourself from Sex Addiction, Porn Obsession, and Shame

George N. Collins, MA & Anthony Adleman, MA

This work discusses how sex is all around us all the time, in magazines, on billboards, on TV, on the Internet, and just about anywhere else you can think of. Naturally, this makes recovery difficult for sex addicts. This book presents ways to free yourself from the sex that surrounds you, and how to rebuild your relationships.

A Couple’s Guide to Sexual Addiction: A Step-by-step Plan to Rebuild Trust and Restore Intimacy

Paldrom Collins & George N. Collins, MA

Sex addiction can tear a couple apart, and even the recovery process may feel like each spouse is fighting a separate battle. This book helps to bring couples together in the recovery process and work mutually towards the goal of bringing life back into their fractured relationship.

Lust, Anger, Love: Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Road to Healthy Intimacy

Maureen Canning, MA

This book focuses on the development of addictive and aggressive behaviors as a result of childhood abuse, and how feelings of anger are translated into sexual arousal. This is a must-read for sex addicts who experience aggressive tendencies.

If you have any suggestions on books on sex addiction or have read any of the above please comment below:


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