This book provides an understanding of how sexuality and addiction are intertwined, helping those who counsel substance abusers and individuals who have experienced negative sexual messages or experiences to improve their sexual health and enjoyment.
|Publisher:||Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Raven L. James, PhD, is a sexologist, researcher, consultant, and assistant professor in addiction studies at Governors State University, University Park, IL.
Table of Contents
Foreword Douglas Braun-Harvey ix
1 Models of Sexual Health and Sexual Self-Esteem 1
2 Sex Talk 17
3 Sexual Identity for Geeks 35
4 The "Blue-Light" Special 65
5 Taking Care of Business and Safer Sex 91
6 Sensitive Issues and Challenges 115
7 Body Beautiful 137
8 Self-Love and Dreams 157
9 Good Sex! 173
10 Getting to Know You 189
11 Oh God! 203
12 Completing the Journey 211
Appendix A Sexual History Intake Questions Sensitive to Sexual Diversity 217
Appendix B Sexuality Comfort Self-Assessment 221
Appendix C Values Clarification 225
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book fills a critical gap. Too often people in addiction and those recovering from addiction don't recognize the unique challenges related to sexuality and addiction. Too often sexologists and sex therapists don't fully understand addiction to drugs and alcohol. Dr. James' brilliant work is the bridge that is so badly needed by both fields. This book is research-based while also accessible for the practitioner - as well as the person in recovery. This work will enhance the lives of everyone who reads it.
I have worked in the drug and alcohol field for over 15 years and have been met with resistance in most of the agencies I worked at regarding the incorporation of sexuality-related programming for my clients. Human sexuality education programs are so needed in treatment, as all the folks I worked with have had issues related to their substance abuse problems and relapse that are related to sexual issues. The main venue for sex-related talk in treatment relates to HIV prevention, but this is not enough. Dr. James book provides a much needed perspective for counselors to understand the links between substance abuse and sexual health. Her ideas for incorporating lessons into treatment groups is invaluable. This book is a must have for all clinicians who are working in the counseling field, in particular, substance abuse counselors. The interviews and excerpts from clients in this text illustrate the importance of including sexuality programming into addiction treatment. Excellent resource!