The History of Sex Addiction





 
In recent years, largely through the pioneering work of Dr. Patrick Carnes within the secular community, and Dr. Mark Laaser within the Christian community, more attention has been drawn to the problem of sexual addiction. Dr. Carnes wrote the first book about sexual addiction in 1981, which is now called Out of the Shadows. Dr. Laaser wrote the first Christian book about sexual addiction in 1992, now titled Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction.
 
The reality of an addiction to sex is gaining acceptance, much as alcoholism came to be understood as an addiction forty years ago.
 
In the mid-to-late 1970’s programs of recovery based on the Twelve Steps originally used by Alcoholics Anonymous rapidly expanded across the country. The main programs of these groups are Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) and Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).
 
There have been few programs that combine sound clinical treatment with Christian principles. This gap leaves men alone to struggle with the spiritual aspects of their sexual shame.
 
Dr. Laaser’s vision has been to address this need. His books, workbooks, seminars and workshops are all based on sound clinical principles combined with Christian truth. Our Men’s Intensive Workshop is an example of this commitment. If you want to get well and are willing to go to any lengths, our Men’s Intensive Workshop can provide the understanding and tools you need.