Breaking the Cycle: Free Yourself from Sex Addiction, Porn Obsession, and Shame

Breaking the Cycle: Free Yourself from Sex Addiction, Porn Obsession, and Shame

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by George Collins, Andrew Adleman
     
 

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Anyone who has struggled with sex addiction knows that living with constant sexual compulsions can be extremely difficult. But summoning the courage to find help for this condition can be even more of a challenge. If addictions to pornography, strip clubs, massage parlors, prostitutes, phone sex, or chat rooms have made you feel trapped, this book can help you find

Overview

Anyone who has struggled with sex addiction knows that living with constant sexual compulsions can be extremely difficult. But summoning the courage to find help for this condition can be even more of a challenge. If addictions to pornography, strip clubs, massage parlors, prostitutes, phone sex, or chat rooms have made you feel trapped, this book can help you find a way to break free.

Written by a former sex addict who specializes in counseling people who suffer from sexually compulsive behavior, Breaking the Cycle presents a step-by-step plan to enjoying a life of productivity and purpose. You can free yourself from the powerful, compulsive urges that may have damaged your career, finances, or relationships with friends and family. The exercises in this book will show you how to regain control of your life and build meaningful intimate connections with others.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Breaking the Cycle by George Collins is a 911 call that can save your life and those you love from sex addiction, porn obsession, and shame. Honest, stark, hard-hitting and yet hopeful, Collins lays out the steps required to wrestle self-control back from your sexually compulsive impulses. In your darkest time, Breaking the Cycle brings the light you are looking for!”
—Don Elium, MFT, adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University and author of Raising a Son

“Prior to reading this book, I had been acting out my sexually compulsive behaviors for forty years. Each chapter is filled with specific experiences and emotions that I have struggled with in the past. As a result of the techniques described in this book, my addiction has faded away."
—Ralph, sex addict in recovery in Rhode Island

“This book offers a raw look into the world of sex addicts. George Collins’ courageous self-revelation of his own sex addiction has helped hundreds of men and women to find what is essential for rehabilitation inside themselves. His ‘I’ll pay you to just be honest’ conversation with the sex worker and client was itself worth the cost of the book!”
—Don L. Mathews, MFT, director of the Impulse Treatment Center

“This is gripping stuff, and a real page-turner of a book. The real-life stories have the ring of truth, and the dialogue is unmistakably real. The use of trenchant, memorable lines, like, ‘you can’t get enough of what won’t satisfy you,’ really get the message across.”
— Bob, sex addict in recovery in California

“Collins' take on the mental obsession leading to physical addiction and subsequent negative consequence is pure poetry for the troubled romantic soul. Even if you are NOT an addict, you will find this book a useful GPS to navigate new neighborhoods of abnormal thinking in people you know or will encounter someday. On a personal note, I am honored to be mentioned and I am grateful he didn't abbreviate First Thought Wrong even one time. Thank you, George, for taking First Thought Wrong from sexual to helpful, hopeful and safe.”
—Mark Lundholm, internationally recognized stand-up comedian and creator of The Recovery Board Game and the DVD series Humor in Treatment

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608820856
Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
119,931
File size:
329 KB

Meet the Author

George N. Collins, MA, is founder and director of Compulsion Solutions, an outpatient counseling service in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in the treatment of sexually compulsive behavior. www.compulsionsolutions.com

Andrew Adleman, MA, is a writer and book editor in the greater Los Angeles area.


George N. Collins, MA, is founder and director of Compulsion Solutions, an outpatient counseling service in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in the treatment of men who suffer from the results of sexually compulsive behavior. A former sex addict himself, Collins is a professional member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and is recognized as an expert on sexually compulsive behavior.


Andrew Adleman, MA, is a writer and book editor in the greater Los Angeles area. He has formerly worked in the movie industry and as a psychotherapist.

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Breaking the Cycle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Harakiri41 More than 1 year ago
When it comes to understanding and battling sex addiction, George Collins has a lot of credibility. A former sex addict, George has put the practices that worked him deal with his own compulsive sexual behavior down on paper. A dedicated and devoted therapist, George has a brass-tacks style of tackling one of the most stigmatized of addictions. In a way that instantly will connect with readers that are struggling themselves or those that want to understand addiction, George preaches a method of disassociation with compulsive thoughts, incorporating Eckhart Tolle's philosophies in The Power of Now, as well as "dialoguing" with yourself. By opening up the dialogue to be honest with your own thoughts, desires and behaviors, anyone personally fighting their addiction to sex will begin taking major steps forward in their recovery by identifying with the person that they are deep inside and the person that they want to become. You can change your mind. You can change your life. George's book "Breaking the Cycle" will help. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can personally tell you that this book is the real deal and not just some theoretical self help book. I used to spend more then 8 hours a day on the inter net and I was calling phone sex services running up thousands of dollars in bills. I am an executive of a mid size company and I have 2 teenage childern. The methods and techiniques that George Collins use were not only effective in changing the behaviors but they also changed my life in the most positive ways possible. My marriage has improved and I am proud to say that I no longer act out in any abnormal behavior at all. What once seemed impossible is now my reality. I was able to do this by following the methods in this book which allowed me to become aware of what was driving me to do these things. I had been living in a compulsive and reactive world my entire life. When I encountered any form of stress or adversity I would turn to my compulsion rather then deal with life. Today I deal with the stress and realities of life and I am free from the priosn of my addiction. Thank you George Collins. You saved my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is hope! That is the message Breaking the Cycle sends and George Collins delivers. The truth is, this book and the tools it offers provide you with an opportunity to break free from ANY addiction holding you in its grip. Whatever your poison- be it sex, drugs, alcohol, or a relationship, they all do the same thing- provide you an escape, albeit temporary, from the "story" that ails you. George offers us an opportunity to understand and recognize what our own story is. He then walks us through the process of turning the page and beginning a new chapter..... This time our "true self" is the author, not our parents, siblings, bosses, or ex-lovers. This isn't for the weak. The work is hard. It takes time. And it is worth it. If you've lost hope- this book is for you. If you know too well the "hung over" feeling that settles in your gut after swimming in your addiction, you are only steps away from the journey towards freedom. I speak from experience. I am a middle aged woman who came onto Mr. Collin's teaching by what can only be called serendipity. My life will forever be changed for the better. Yours can be too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this for my husband and he's liking it. Very workable and practical. The best investment we've made into our relationship. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book changed my life.wow easy to understand and practice ,so powerfull.thanks dear Gorge collins i respect you .you showed me how to get out.thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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