Information on Sex/Love Addiction
Healthy Sex
Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health
Internet Behavior Consulting Company

It’s All About Love

12 Step Recovery Meetings for Sex/Love Addiction:
Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)
Co-Sex Addicts Anonymous (COSA)
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)
Sexual Compulsives Annonymous (SCA)

12 Step Recovery Meetings for Families of Sex Addicts:
S-Anon International (S-Anon)
Co-Sex Addicts Anonymous (COSA)
Recovering Couples Anonymous (RCA)

12 Step Recovery Meetings for Alcohol/Drug Addiction:
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

12 Step Recovery Meetings for families of alcohol/drug addiction:
Al-Anon/Alateen (Al-Anon)
Nar-Anon Family Groups (Nar-Anon)
Families Anonymous (FA)

12 Step Recovery Meetings for Compulsive Gamblers, Debtors and their Families:
Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
Gam-Anon (for families and friends)
Debtors Anonymous (DA)


For Couples and for Families of Sex Addicts

Beattie, Melody Codependent No More Center City, MN: Hazelden, 1986. Recovery has begun for millions of individuals with this straightforward guide. Through personal examples and exercises, readers are shown how controlling others forces them to lose sight of their own needs and happiness.
Carnes, Patrick The Betrayal Bond Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, 1997. How childhood trauma influences adult relationships.
Carnes, Stephanie Mending a Shattered Heart. Gentle Path Press, 2008.  Edited book for partners of sex addicts.
Schaeffer, Brenda Is It Love or is it Addiction? Second Edition Center City, MN: Hazelden, 1997. Useful for understanding healthy versus unhealthy relationships.
Schneider, Jennifer Back From Betrayal: Recovering From his AffairsNew York: Ballantine, 1988. The classic book for women involved with sex-addicted men.
Schneider, Jennifer Sex, Lies, and Forgivness: Couples Speak on Healing From Sex Addiction. Second Edition Tucson, AZ: Recovery Resources Press, 1999. A guide for couples who seek to rebuild their relationship.
Schneider, Jennifer, Corley, Deb Disclosing Secrets: When, to Whom, and How Much to Reveal With a straightforward, step-by-step approach, Jennifer Schneider and Debra Corley help readers discern the type of information that is advisable to share as well as develop a plan for constructive disclosure.
Spring, Janis After the Affair New York: Harper Collins, 1996. No matter the cause of the affair, this book describes how each party feels and how to recover.

Internet Addiction and Cybersex Addiction

Cooper, PhD, Al Sex and the Internet: A Guidebook for Clinicians This is the first professional book covering issues related to sex and the Internet. Leading scholars, clinicians and academicians in the field have contributed to this emerging and often misunderstood area.
David Delmonico, PH.D., Elizabeth Griffin, M.A., Joseph Moriarity Cybersex Unhooked
Greenfield, David D. Virtual Addiction Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Productions, 1999. Written in simple language, a book on how to break addictive connections to the Internet. Some discussion of cybersex addiction.
Jennifer Schneider, M.D., Ph.D. and Robert Weiss, M.S.W., C.A.S. Cybersex Exposed
Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., David L. Delmonico, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Griffin, M.A. In the Shadows of the Net
Young, Kimberly S. Caught in the Net New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998. The consequences of excessive involvement with Internet activities but not cybersex.


Hunter, Mic Joyous Sexuality Minneapolis: CompCare Publications, 1992. This book was written for those raised in families that were negative about sex, overvalued sex, or were sexually shut down.
Maltz, Wendy The Sexual Healing Journey San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1991. A step-by-step guide to recovery from sexual abuse offers first-person accounts of women and men at every stage of the sexual healing journey and includes exercises and techniques for survivors.

Understanding and Recovering From Sex Addiction

Carnes, Patrick Don’t Call it Love New York: Bantam, 1991. Results of research on over 1,000 sex addicts.
Carnes, Patrick Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual AddictionCenter City, MN: Hazelden, 1983. The groundbreaking book which explains sex addiction in easily understood terms.
Carnes, Patrick Sexual Anorexia The flip side of excessive sexual activities is avoiding sex while obsessing about it.
Earle, Ralph, and Gregory Crow Lonely All the Time New York: Pocket Books, 1989. Another easy-to-understand explanation of sex addiction.
Earle, Ralph, and Marcus Earle Sex Addiction: Case Studies and Management New York: Brunner Mazel, 1995. Good guide for therapists working with sex addicts.
Ferree, Marnie C. No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual ShameThis book is a definitive work on sexual addiction issues in women. It will no doubt inspire many who have suffered in silence to seek the professional help they need. Marnie shares her story in a powerful way that will encourage the reader in their personal journey of healing.