Sex addiction can be profoundly difficult to face. It destroys relationships, marriages, families, and careers. Anyone afflicted with sex addiction, as well as the people who love them, will find invaluable assistance in this essential guide that is filled with in-depth information and delivered with deep understanding and compassion.
As a therapist for over forty years, in the field of substance abuse/addiction treatment, I have met many remarkable people and have been privileged to assist them in their journey of recovery. Over the years, I have gained an assortment of insights, tips, and practical advice, shared by my clients, that many have found useful in their own recovery. I have come to call this knowledge “Collective Wisdom.” Together with twelve cognitive-behavioral themes, this information provides an effective framework for establishing long lasting sobriety.
“It introduced me to one of the most promising recovery approaches I have known in the 45 years I have devoted to the substance abuse field. Case after case cited in detail will give hope to those persons needing help. These cases will also stimulate professionals to consider the use of the Paradigm Developmental Model of Treatment (PDMT), described in the book, as an addition to any treatment in use or as a total recovery paradigm change.”—Frances L. Brisbane Ph.D., MSW, Professor, School of Social Welfare (Former Dean, School of Social Welfare) Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
“Paradigm Change-the Collective Wisdom of Recovery is truly a one-stop shop for a lifetime of recovery treatment wisdom.” —Carole, Los Angeles (19 years sober)
From the outside looking in, John Bielinski had it all—combat action as a United States Marine, professional success, a terrific family. He ran marathons, completed an Ironman, won countless martial arts battles. And yet, haunted by the demons of anger, ego, and alcohol, he came to a devastating reckoning that began in a jail cell, threatened his fragile marriage, and jeopardized his career as a respected physician assistant and national medical lecturer. Compelling and relatable, Before the Calm traces Bielinski’s journey downward to that fateful night and through the anguishing months and years that followed, until he emerged with genuine faith and sense of purpose. With the wry, self-aware humility that has made him one of the most popular lecturers in his field, Bielinski shows how our lowest points can become a trapdoor to success. Today, Bielinski is an accomplished international lecturer and founder-owner of one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States. By turns moving and maddening, Bielinski’s story reveals the power of love, forgiveness, and faith as he struggles to rebuild his life while launching a new business. Before the Calm invites us into his darkest moments where he wanted to blame anyone but himself, and shows us how honesty and vulnerability can help transform our lives. For anyone wrestling with personal demons, Before the Calm shows a way forward to clarity, purpose, and hope.
Denial is the true-life story of David Wagner, a married father of five children and millionaire entrepreneur. He gives generously to family, friends and causes he believes in, and he is easily the funniest guy in the room. Yet beneath his boisterous, carefree shell the lingering effects of sexual abuse he suffered by a priest at age 12 lure him into a secretive double life that ultimately consumes him.
David prays daily for forgiveness, but never feels worthy of God’s gift of grace. Fear fuels his denial, the fear that even God can’t love the broken, sinful person he has become…until one day the truth will be denied no more.
Denial is a gritty, yet ultimately hopeful true-life story, told to inspire survivors of childhood sexual abuse to break its spiritual stronghold and embrace an abundant life of wholeness and peace.
Two longtime lovers: spray paint artist, Chor Boogie, and yogini and performance artist, Bast.
One shocking drug relapse—after more than a decade clean.
Then the disheartening discovery: 90% of narcotics addicts relapse in the first year in our Western medical system.
The lovers navigate the treacherous labyrinth of addiction and ultimately chose to pursue treatment with an obscure indigenous African sacred plant medicine called iboga, used since ancient times for shamanic initiation and spiritual healing, and proven to have powerful addiction breaking effects. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s seems to be worth the try, considering the alternatives.
This medicine is only available well beyond the borders of the United States. There is hope for healing, if they can both make it to the shaman in time.
Have you ever wondered if social drinking has unintended consequences to your health, family, relationships, or your profession? Have you ever thought that losing control of your drinking couldn’t happen to you or someone you love? All the women you know are too smart. Too rich. Too kind. Too together. Too much fun. Pick one.
We live in a boozy culture, and the idea of women and wine has become entrenched. Is your book club really a “wine club”? Do you crave the release a drink can bring to cope with anxiety, parenthood, the pressures of being a mom, a wife/partner, a professional? In Raising the Bottom, mothers, daughters, health professionals, and young women share their stories of why they drank, how they stopped, and the joys and rewards of being present in their lives once they kicked alcohol to the curb.
When you are in the grip of anxiety, fear, or worry:
Do you feel powerless to stop your reacting?
Does your life feel unmanageable?
Does your craving for control interfere with your life?
Do you feel hopeless for a cure?
If you answer "yes" to these questions, you anxiety has become an addiction. It acts like a drug that excites, numbs, and possesses you, causing you to avoid a full life. Viewing anxiety as an addiction, Dennis Ortman, Ph.D. guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to find relief from your anxiety. He shows how the Steps offer practical wisdom on how to transform your anxious habits of thinking into constructive action. The Steps invite you to stop, look, listen, and then consciously act to create a new life, awakening your true self.
Is it possible to overcome the powerlessness of addiction? Joining forces to answer this age-old question, coauthors Anderson Spickard Jr., a doctor with over forty years’ experience in addiction medicine, and James B., a recovering addict, candidly describe the harsh challenges and clearly outline the necessary steps toward healing and recovery.
Combining firsthand accounts and simplified medical insights, The Craving Brain addresses how adolescent binge drinking plays a role in the development of alcohol addiction, explains why addicts don’t need to hit rock bottom before they can recover, and responds to some of the most compelling mysteries of addiction, including:
Why are some people at a higher risk?
Is an uncontrollable craving a moral failing or a brain injury?
Why can’t addicts see their problem and just quit?
Are interventions helpful or dangerous?
How effective are twelve-step programs?
How is brain science transforming addiction recovery and improving treatment outcomes?
As hopeful as it is unapologetically realistic, this groundbreaking guide is a must-read for anyone who suffers from addiction or knows or works with addicted individuals. With courage, determination, and the right support, recovery is indeed possible.