Category Archives: Recovery

Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction

Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction

Patrick Carnes is the author of Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual AddictionAs a therapist, we often utilize his materials to enhance the content of sessions with our clients.

Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction is an easy read and a great resource to help explain the addiction cycle for people specifically struggling with Sexual Addiction.

Here is an excerpt from the book that details the cycle of addiction:

For sexual addicts an addictive experience progresses through a four-step cycle that intensifies with each repetition.

Preoccupation—the trance or mood wherein the addicts’ minds are completely engrossed with thoughts of sex. This mental state creates an obsessive search for sexual stimulation.

Ritualization—the addicts’ own special routines that lead up to the sexual behavior. The ritual intensifies the preoccupation, adding arousal and excitement.

Compulsive sexual behavior—the actual sexual act, which is the end goal of the preoccupation and ritualization. Sexual addicts are unable to control or stop this behavior.

Despair—the feeling of utter hopelessness addicts have about their behavior and their powerlessness.

If you see any of these patterns in your life, please reach out to a licensed therapist who is trained in Sexual Addictions work. We enjoy working with people to find the right fit in a therapist.

Adam R Glendye, LPC, NCC

Sobriety During the Holidays

Sobriety During the Holidays

Eat, Drink, and be Merry! This is a popular holiday slogan that many of us are familiar with. Nevertheless, holidays are often a time that can be a trigger for individuals struggling with addiction and sobriety. Many people think that the holidays are just a time for happiness and time with family. However, addiction often…

Athletes: Listening To Your Body

Athletes: Listening To Your Body

Beep, Beep, Beep. I sleepily rolled over and looked at my alarm. The clock showed 6:15a.m. on Saturday morning. I lay in bed for a moment and had an internal debate. Should I put on my running shoes and get my 8 miles in? Deep down, my body ached; it felt exhausted and tired. My…

Divorce 911: Identify the Problems to Find the Solutions

Recently, GROW Counseling and Dr. Wendy Dickinson partnered with Divorce 911 to create a few short videos addressing common themes in divorce. In this video, they discuss how to deal with problems that are under your control or outside of your control.

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