The Sex Addiction Workbook (Coping With Behavioral Addictions )


Information, Assessments, And Tools For Managing Life With A Behavioral Addiction

Authors: Ester R.A. Leutenberg & John J. Liptak, EdD

The purpose of The Sex Addiction Workbook  is to provide helping professionals with cognitive and behavioral exercises, handouts, and activities grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) an effective, evidence-based treatment plan that can be utilized to treat the root psychological causes of a sex addiction.

It is designed to help people identify and change negative, unhealthy thoughts and behaviors that may have led to sex addiction.   The activities contained in this workbook can help participants identify the triggers that can lead to a preoccupation with sex and teach them ways to manage and overcome those triggers.

The Sex Addiction Workbook will help participants to:

  • Recognize that they are experiencing an addiction problem.
  • Reflect and become aware of the behaviors that were part of and arose from the addiction.
  • Build self-esteem in positive capabilities outside of sexual behavior.
  • Understand the triggers for preoccupation with sex.
  • Develop greater self-acceptance and the ability to change ineffective behaviors.
  • Understand recurring patterns that indicate a sex disorder.
  • Learn ways to live a new life without a preoccupation with sex.

The Sex Addiction Workbook  is a practical tool for teachers, counselors, and helping professionals in their work with people suffering with behavioral addictions.  Depending on the role of the person using this workbook and the specific group’s or individual’s needs, the modules can be used either individually or as part of an integrated curriculum.  The facilitator may choose to administer one activity to a group or administer some of the assessments over one or more days as a workshop.