by Patrick J. Carnes
Facing the Shadow takes techniques used by thousands of people recovering from sexual addiction and shows, step by step, how to break free of this disease and live a healthier, more fulfilling life. This second edition adds timely material on cybersex and new science about arousal. This work sets the stage for the recovery tasks at hand, then provides practical, easy-to-follow exercises specifically designed to help understand and address those tasks. Facing the Shadow teaches why denial is so powerful and what can be done to break through it; how to face the consequences of your behaviors using recovery principles; how to respond to change and crisis due to addiction; how to manage life without dysfunctional behavior; how spirituality affects recovery; what to disclose and to whom; and how sex addiction starts and what an addict needs to know.