Archive for March, 2015

the courage to love

March 22nd, 2015

Yesterday I went to a screening of a documentary entitled “The Courage to Love.” It tracked the lives of four recovering sex addicts including the story of the filmmaker himself. Because sex addiction is still often misunderstood, it was a valiant effort to dispel the myths that still abound out there. Four brave souls retrospectively shared details of their lives from the time they were immersed in the compulsive search for sex until today when all of them have moved through the darkness and into a lighter place of hope.

Because of my own experience in this territory, I found the film especially poignant, and it struck a very familiar and bittersweet chord in me. After the film, the Sexual Recovery Institute of Los Angeles sponsored a panel discussion which brought together some of our local pioneers in the field including Mike Alvarez and Sharon O’Hara. Because they’ve been in the field for 25+ years, it was refreshing and hopeful to hear about the successes as well as the mistakes we’ve all made as clinicians during this time as well as the clinical adjustments we’ve made through the years.

Sex addiction is here to stay (and may have existed for many centuries), but how we now choose to treat our clients is a tremendous challenge and opportunity both on a micro and macro level.


March 4th, 2015

Last week I attended the Annual Meeting of the American Group Psychotherapy Association in San Francisco and had the opportunity to present a workshop based on my recent book “From Now On: Seven Keys to Purposeful Recovery”. Because it was a group therapy conference, it was even more exciting to share information related to second-stage recovery as the participants in the workshop had very little familiarity with coaching and positive psychology and how these models fit into sustainable, purposeful addiction recovery.

Once again I found the curiosity and desire for information infectious, and I look forward to deepening the understanding of addiction treatment within this group therapy community. Because my workbook is based on a workshop I developed, the material is near and dear to my heart and provided an opportunity to create more visibility and awareness throughout the conference.

I’m also a proud member of the addiction recovery Special Interest Group at AGPA which is a small but spirited group of therapists who specialize in this area. Because I try to attend AGPA on a regular basis, it appears that the word is spreading and the professional subgroup in AGPA is growing slowly but surely.