Finally, an Official Diagnosis for Sexual Compulsivity! – Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S

  For a long time, sexually addicted/compulsive people did not have an official diagnosis delineating the criteria for diagnosing and treating their disorder. Nor could they get insurance companies to directly fund much-needed treatment for this debilitating issue. This did not by any stretch of the imagination mean that sexual addiction/compulsivity did not exist, because it did. (For a comparison, think about alcoholism, which was officially recognized by most medical and psychological organizations as a diagnosable and treatable disorder in the 1970s. But that hardly means the issue did not exist prior to that time.) The good news is that the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the latest version of its diagnostic manual, The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), will include “Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder” as an official diagnosis. For those who are not familiar with this manual, I’ll simply state that it’s the most commonly used medical… Continue reading

This One Thing Could Change Your Life -Jeanne Foot 

  The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” – Johann Hari As humans we are wired for comfort and will recoil from any discomfort which is why Addiction is such a pervasive disorder and is hard to treat.  In fact, it happens to have a very poor recovery rate compared to other chronic conditions. When life feels like it is giving out more than our share of what we can handle, it may not seem surprising that we will do anything to distract ourselves from the uncomfortable feelings that will steadily rise to the surface, until it is virtually impossible not to self sooth in ways that we have grown accustomed to. It may start with having that drink you know will deliver that ‘oh so good’ feeling that you have been chasing all day.  It may be more subliminal like a creative project such… Continue reading

What Triggers Sexually Addictive Behaviors? – Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S

  Sexually addictive behaviors are typically triggered by one of two things: a strong desire to escape an uncomfortable feeling, or a strong reminder of the pleasure experienced through sexual fantasy and activity. Either type of trigger will induce, in sex addicts, the craving to act out sexually. It is important to note that addiction cravings are not the same as a non-addicted person craving a bag of potato chips or a scoop of ice cream after a hard day at work. Addiction cravings are more like the need for air after holding your breath for a minute or more. Once addiction cravings are triggered, they are beyond conscious control. They escape reason and logic. They are so powerful that they overwhelm and take control of the addict’s thought process. This is why sex addicts (and other addicts) find it so difficult to establish and maintain sobriety, despite the promises… Continue reading

New Sober Moms Guide Website – By Rosemary O’Connor

I’m so excited to announce the launch of the Sober Moms Guide website. http://www.sobermomsguide.com/ This is a dream come true! I have longed to develop a dynamic website to provide all kinds of resources for moms to get sober, stay sober and live an amazing life. The website is designed to support: A mom struggling with drugs, alcohol and/or other addictions. A mom in recovery who wants to enhance their journey of fulllfillment in sobriety. A professional who helps moms. A family member or friend of a mom. Wherever you’re coming from, you’ve come to the right place. Stop by the Sober Moms Guide website today to see all the new free tools and resources available to you. Here’s what’s waiting for you right now… My free ebook, A Sober Mom’s Guide to Overcoming Guilt. If you wrestle with guilt and shame, this is the ebook for you! My book for moms, The Sober Mom’s Guide to… Continue reading

My Weight Loss Journey – By Charlie Baulm

When I was 16, I was 5’8 and 115 pounds. I was able to run a five minute mile and had complete control over my eating habits. Fast forward 12 years later, I am 28-years-old and over 200 pounds and cannot even jog a block before getting winded, I don’t know where things exactly went wrong but here I am, living in my new body and feeling shame for letting myself go. Marriage, the stress of a career, juggling school and the generalities of life had taken its toll since high school and I felt miserable. I felt like no matter how many times I moved forward I would always take a step back with my poor eating habits. The first time my excessive weight gain had become apparent was during a trip to my Grandparents’ house. The trip was excellent, but upon returning home I was confronted with a… Continue reading