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Out of the Shadows

Understanding Sexual Addiction
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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Sex is at the core of our identities. And when it becomes a compulsion, it can unravel our lives. Out of the Shadows is the premier work on this disorder, written by a pioneer in its treatment. Revised and updated to include the latest research - and to address the exploding phenomenon of cybersex addiction - this third edition identifies the danger signs, explains the dynamics, and describes the consequences of sexual addiction and dependency. With practical wisdom and spiritual clarity, it points the way out of the shadows of sexual compulsion and back into the light and fullness of life.

©2001 Patrick J. Carnes, PhD (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Informative and challenging

This book has been insightful through it's use of numerous case studies to explain the process of sexual addiction. I found it personally challenging and illuminating. Bring an open heart, a notepad and a trusted friend to talk to as you read this book. Highly recommend.

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  • Dez Mudryk
  • 27-12-2016

Very Extreme

This is a good book. I have struggled with fetishes and porn and wanted help. The issue is while I felt like I couldn't relate to other books wherein the person struggled with masturbating once per week (seemed minor compared to my problems) I found I couldn't relate to this book for the exact opposite reason. The examples and illustrations are oriented for the extremely advanced sex addict. This book is geared towards not just child molesters and rapists but to those who do it non stop for years. This book contains the stuff nightmares are made of. Don't even think about it if you have a weak stomach.

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  • Nelle nell
  • 15-04-2017

expertly explains sex addiction

I am so glad I bought this book because it is giving me so much Insight on my husband's disease and how I contribute to it also how I'm codependent. I remember listening to one of the chapters and I just ended up bawling crying because of all the compassion I felt for my husband and his struggle. this book has been a turning point for me

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  • MR
  • 06-05-2016

Makes you think

This book allowed me to evaluate the events in my life and commit to getting what I need.

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  • Mikael Sweet
  • 13-03-2017

Great book!

This book hits all the major points for the recovery of every addict. Chances are that if you read this book and your an addict, you will see yourself in this book multiple times.

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  • Gavin
  • 23-01-2017

Helpful and eye opening.

Great book. Thorough, deep, and inclusive of a variety of ills and problems, the inner workings of addicts, and how to overcome.

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  • Jessica
  • 07-01-2020

Content was disturbing

This book likely presents sex addiction in true light, but the content was too disturbing for me and sometimes caused too many graphic images. I chose to stop listening after a few chapters and thought that this book may be triggering for a sex addict.

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  • Ruzette Nicolas
  • 09-09-2019

Good but

I regret too much time is dedicated to descriptive side of addiction and too few on the dynamic. I also think addiction is not only for persons with lack of self love

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  • Travis
  • 16-08-2016

gives significant understanding to sexual addition

I'm glad I read this book. it has opened much mind to the world of sexual addiction.

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  • Amanda
  • 15-09-2020

Wealth of knowledge.

It is a informative book that provides much to process and think about. The book can be dense at times. For anyone closely related to these issues it can be difficult to listen to without needing a break. This book mostly focuses on understanding the addict rather than the people effected by the addicts behavior. It is a valuable resource however in learning and understanding sexual addiction. Some may find the text to be dated to modern technology and society. The fundamentals are still there though.

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  • Chad Wieder
  • 03-09-2020

Extremely helpful

This book helped me dig thing out of my brain that my denial had been suppressing for years. Now that I recognize my problem and the myriad paths that led there I feel confident that I can get it under control then help others do the same.

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  • David
  • 06-07-2018

For the sex addict, this is great

There are too many evaluations of addicts from outsider perspectives that lack the comprehensive and compassionate focused approach towards sex addiction which this book is so very fortunate to have at its heart. I was recommended this from a fellowship member, and it had truly enlightened me to feel less alone and inclined to take the 12 step program more seriously. This is a hidden gem, and I’d recommend it to anyone with sex addiction/ or who are wondering if they are a co-addict. Thank you David Colacci.