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Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction: A comprehensive guide for people who struggle with sex addiction and those who want to help them, Second Edition
Hall, Paula
Routledge / Softcover / 2018-08-01 / 0815362285
Gender Studies / Recovery / Adult Children of Alcoholics
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202 pages
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Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction demonstrates why people’s lives are being destroyed by compulsive sexual behaviourand what we can do to help them. The book examines the latest research into these conditions and outlines the new integrative C.H.O.I.C.E. Recovery Model, a practical, sex-positive model which incorporates CBT, ACT and psychodynamic theories to help people enjoy lifetime recovery.

This new edition has been updated throughout, with new material covering pornography addiction, ChemSex, internet offending and female sex and love addiction. Written in a clear and informative manner, this book contains support and advice for both the clinician and for those who suffer from sex addiction, and provides tools for securing confident and rewarding recovery.

Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction is essential reading for anyone looking to make an enduring recovery from these conditions, as well as for clinicians new to the field and those wanting to update their skills and knowledge.


'Paula Hall’s thoughtful update to Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction makes this already excellent and highly useful book as current and inclusive as possible in our increasingly sexually diverse and constantly changing world. This material is required reading for anyone with an interest in adult intimacy disorders like sex and porn addiction.'

Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT, author of Sex Addiction 101

'Hall’s new edition allows readers to benefit from her vast experience on the front line treating those adversely affected by problematic sexual behaviours as she aids them in establishing healthy, fulfilling sex lives. Her accessible, straightforward, well referenced explanation of the relevant science reveals a solid analysis of the preponderance of the evidence in this rapidly evolving field.'

Gary Wilson, author of Your Brain On Porn; founder of

'Paula’s book takes our knowledge and understanding of sexual addiction to new levels using her own developing experience and knowledge along with a grounded theoretical understanding. It seems to me the greatest value of this update on the original ground-breaking book is in the clarity of Paula’s description of the C.H.O.I.C.E. model that is instantly applicable to any therapist, irrespective of their modality.'

Peter Saddington, Chair of COSRT

'Paula Hall is one of the leading psychotherapists in the field of sex addiction and writes in a clear, engaging manner. This new edition will surely prove as useful to both therapists and those affected by sex addiction, and ChemSex, as her earlier books.'

Dr Stephen Higgins, Clinical Psychologist (Sexual Health)

Table of Contents:


Part I - Understanding Sex & Porn Addiction

Chapter 1 – Defining Sex & Porn Addiction

Chapter 2 – Assessment

Chapter 3 – How Addiction Starts

Chapter 4 – How Addiction is Maintained & Reinforced

Chapter 5 – The Impact on Partners & Relationships

Part II – Socio Cultural Differences

Chapter 6 – Female Sex & Love Addiction

Chapter 7 – Sexual Diversities & ChemSex

Chapter 8 – Faith Communities & Spirituality

Chapter 9 – Sex Offending

Part III – The CHOICE Recovery Model

Chapter 10 – Challenge Core Beliefs

Chapter 11 – Have a Vision

Chapter 12 - Overcome Compulsive Behaviours

Chapter 13 – Identify Positive Sexuality

Chapter 14 – Connect with Others

Chapter 15 – Establish Confident Recovery


Further Reading & Resources

About the Author

Paula Hall is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, specialising in sex and porn addiction. She is Clinical Director of the Laurel Centre who provide treatment services around the UK and accredited diploma level training to professionals. She is also founder of the Hall Recovery Course and a founder trustee of ATSAC.

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