Monday, September 17, 2007

Sex Addiction: Interview with Chris Wolf

Sex addiction has been defined as "engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior despite increasingly negative consequences to self and others" (Ewald, 2003). In today's podcast I talked with Chris Wolf, a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified sex addiction counselor. She received her masters in counseling psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and trained with pioneering sex addictions researcher, Patrick Carnes. She currently works at Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has a private practice where she works with primarily with couples dealing with sex addiction. Our interview covered a broad range of topics, including how sex addiction is similar to and different from substance use addiction, common characteristics of sexually addicted clients, basic skills and competencies clinicians need when working with sexually addicted clients, and some resources for further study or learning.

Download MP3 [52:22]


As with the podacst with Jody Bechtold on pathological gambling, this interview is intended to be an overview and introduction to the topic of sexual addiction. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for supervision or clinical training.



Internet Resources


The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)
http://www.sash.net/

Lists of cybersex addiction, internet addiction, and related resources may be useful to a variety of helping professionals, parents, and others. Resources include website links, self help tests, articles, books, and other materials. Issues addressed include cybersex addiction, internet addiction, sex addiction, computer addiction, among others.
http://www.internetbehavior.com/services/resource_center.htm

Tests for Internet Addiction
http://www.netaddiction.com/resources/iaindex.htm

Simon, S. (2009, March 14). A comedian's memoir of sex, drugs and stand-up: Interview with Russell Brand. National Public Radio
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101881014&ft=1&f=1032


The following annotated bibliography is excerpted from an excellent chapter on sex addiction by Jennifer Schneider: Schneider, J. P. (2004). Understanding and diagnosing sex addiction. Coombs, Robert Holman (ed.). Handbook of Addictive Disorders : A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Carnes, P. J. (1983). Out of the shadows: Understanding sexual addiction. Minneapolis, MN: CompCare. The classic book about sex addiction is written for people with the problem.

Carnes, P. J. (1991). Don't call it love: Recovery from sexual addiction. New York: Bantam Books.Written for professionals, this book describes the results of research on a large number of sex addicts treated in an inpatient setting.

Carnes, P. J., & Adams, K. M. (Eds.). (2002). Clinical management of sex addiction. New York: Brunner-Routledge. The latest and most complete guide for clinicians on treatment of sex addiction, including special populations (women, pastors, gays, homeless, etc.).

Carnes, P. J., Delmonico, D. L., & Griffin, E. (2001). In the shadows of the Net. Center City, MN: Hazelden. A book for people who are hooked on Internet sex.

Cooper, A. (Ed.). (2002). Sex and the Internet: A guidebook for clinicians. New York: BrunnerRoutledge. An up-to-date scholarly text for understanding Internet sex, both healthy and problematic.

Corley, M. D., & Schneider, J. P. (2002). Disclosing secrets: When, to whom, and how much to reveal. Wickenburg, AZ: Gentle Path Press. Information and exercises for all types of addicts who are keeping secrets from spouses and families.

Earle, R., & Earle, M. (1995). Sex addiction: Case studies and management. New York: Brunner/ Mazel. An excellent guide for clinicians who treat sex addicts and their families.

Schneider, J. P. (1988). Back from betrayal: Recovering from his affairs. Center City, MN: Hazelden. (Second edition, 2001, Tucson, AZ: Recovery Resources Press.) The classic book for spouses of sex addicts. It describes the steps of recovery for the partner.

Schneider, J. P., & Schneider, B. H. (1991). Sex, lies, and forgiveness: Couples speak on healing from sex addiction. Center City, MN: Hazelden Educational Materials. (Second edition, 1999, Tucson, AZ: Recovery Resources Press.) Based on research with many couples who have dealt with sex addiction, this book describes how to rebuild trust, forgive, and rebuild the relationship. Written for couples who are going through the process.

Schneider, J. P., & Weiss, R. (2001). Cybersex exposed: Simple fantasy or obsession? Center City, MN: Hazelden. This book provides an explanation of how and when computer sex becomes an addiction, and the steps to recovery. (p. 229-30)

APA (6th ed) citation for this podcast:

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2007, September 17). Sex Addiction: Interview with Chris Wolf. [Episode 24]. Social Work Podcast [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://socialworkpodcast.com/2007/09/sex-addiction-interview-with-kris-wolf.html

31 comments:

Jessica Riadon said...

loved this podcast! I really love all your podcasts! So informative! Your address is making its way around the school of social work at OU! keep up the great work and keep the podcasts coming!

September 25, 2007 10:59 PM

Jonathan B. Singer, LCSW said...

Jessica,

I'm so glad you love the podcasts. There is no higher compliment than to know people are listening and learning. And I'm very honored that you're spreading the word at OU. Thanks so much for the support.

Best regards,

Jonathan

Sovann Pen said...

Jonathan,

Thanks for the podcast!
Excellent reading list as well; I'll have to add several to my reading list.

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laplace said...

The best podcast I ever heard..Gave lot of useful information.. thankx..

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galois

Comprehensive resources for those looking for recovery from addiction.
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indie pride said...

Alright, so sex addiction is everywhere.

Does sex addiction include violent sex?



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Emery Goldings
Suffering from an addiction. This website has a lot of great resources and treatment centers.
www.treatmentcenters.org

Jonathan B. Singer, LCSW said...

The Social Work Podcast cannot vouch for the quality of the resources suggested by people who comment on the blog. However, unless I find something fraudulent or libelous, I'll keep all comments as posted.

Having said that, indie pride asked if sex addiction included violent sex. The answer is that people with sexual addictions can engage in sex that is violent towards themselves or others. However there is nothing inherent in sex addictions that equals violent sex. Another way of thinking about it is that people addicted to alcohol can be violent as a result of their addiction, but that there are many addicts who are not violent, and even more people who are not addicted to alcohol whose violence has nothing to do with their drinking.

Let's keep up the conversation. I think it can only be helpful.

Best regards,

Jonathan

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ryan said...

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sha said...

I like this podcast, it is very informative and really select an serious issue, sex addiction is like an disease now a days, we really have to think about it.
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Naorei said...

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RAOL said...

Hi,

The Social Work Podcast provides information on all things social work, including direct practice.
you can read views on this site about sex and so on.

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ryan said...

Sex addiction is main cause of rape in our society what i feel so it must be curb as much as possible.
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mercy said...

The answer is that people with sexual addictions can engage in sex that is violent towards themselves or others. However there is nothing inherent in sex addictions that equals violent sex. Another way of thinking about it is that people addicted to alcohol can be violent as a result of their addiction, but that there are many addicts who are not violent, and even more people who are not addicted to alcohol whose violence has nothing to do with.
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mercy
Drug Intervention Kansas

mercy said...

The answer is that people with sexual addictions can engage in sex that is violent towards themselves or others. However there is nothing inherent in sex addictions that equals violent sex. Another way of thinking about it is that people addicted to alcohol can be violent as a result of their addiction, but that there are many addicts who are not violent, and even more people who are not addicted to alcohol whose violence has nothing to do with.
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mercy
Drug Intervention Kansas

Deepak said...

Drug addiction is the obsessive dependence on a legal or illegal drug. Drugs can include prescription medications, illegal drugs, and alcohol. While an addict may use more than one drug, he usually has a “drug of choice” -- his strongest addiction to break.

Drug Addiction

Deepak said...

Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy. It is a "downer" or depressant that affects the brain's pleasure systems and interferes with the brain's ability to perceive pain.

Heroin

Deepak said...

Use of alcoholic beverages to excess, either on individual occasions ("binge drinking") or as a regular practice. For some individuals-children or pregnant women, for example-almost any amount of alcohol use may be legally considered "alcohol abuse," depending on local laws. Heavy alcohol abuse can cause physical damage and death.

Alcoholism

hari001 said...
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mercy said...

Lists of cybersex addiction, internet addiction, and related resources may be useful to a variety of helping professionals, parents, and others. Resources include website links, self help tests, articles, books, and other materials. Issues addressed include cybersex addiction, internet addiction, sex addiction, computer addiction, among others.
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mercy

Drug Intervention

Lisa said...

Hi Jonathan,

very interesting podcasts, thank you.

Just with this one, I can not manage to hear the voice of the interviewee. All I hear are your questions and then silence... If you could fix this... would be great,

thanks,

Lisa

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asab said...

can anyone, please tell me if hypnotism works to cure sex addiction ...
if so pls post web site if available...

Father Mark Hummell said...

Ascension’s Recovery Sunday focuses specifically on the brokenness that comes from addiction, both for the afflicted and the affected and the significance of God’s gift of love, grace and understanding in the midst of it. Join us for prayers, sermon, and communion this Sunday, October 4th at 4p.m. at The Church of the Ascension, Northwest corner of 5th Avenue and 10th Street in Manhattan. For more information contact Father Mark Hummell at frmark@ascensionnyc.org

Denver SA Counselor said...

Thank you Jonathon for the podcast - especially the one on sexual addiction. I am a counselor in Denver Colorado that works with sexual addiction and the more info that gets out the more people seek help! There aren't many resources to find a qualified sex addiction counselor. I added my bio to the directory: www.sexaddictioncounselor.com website and thought maybe you could pass it onto future people seeking help. Blessings to you - Kevin Leapley, MA, LPC, CSAT

Denver SA Counselor said...

Thanks for the podcast on sex addiction. I am a sex addiction counselor in Denver Colorado (Front Range Counseling Center) and I work with many, many men that struggle. The more information that gets out to the public about sex addiction, the more people will seek help. I added my info to a sex addiction counselor directory and it may be a resource for your readers to find help. It is: www.sexaddictioncounselor.com. Kevin Leapley, MA, LPC, CSAT