We witness a continuous parade of stars, financial gurus, clergy, politicians and athletes who enter rehabs sometimes repetitively. Is this about media coverage or are these elite canaries in the coal mines of our culture signifying a greater danger? Our understanding of addictions with the aid of neuroscience is expanding dramatically. With it is the realization of cultural and scientific shifts which underline the therapist’s role in facing our number one public health problem. One of the gifts of this challenge is our growth in technology which will transform what every therapist does for a living and maybe how humans evolve. But maybe we professionals are like the famous—reluctant to face difficult realities.
Identify cultural and scientific shifts that impact a therapists’ role.
PATRICK CARNES, PHD, CAS, is a nationally known speaker on sex addiction and recovery issues. He is author of Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction, Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict, The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships, Open Hearts, Facing the Shadow, In the Shadows of the Net, and The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction. Carnes is currently the Executive Director of the Gentle Path program at Pine Grove Behavioral Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is the primary architect of Gentle Path treatment programs for the treatment of sexual and addictive disorders. He also pioneered the founding of the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist program. Carnes was awarded the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). Each year, SASH (formerly known as NCSA/C) bestows a “Carnes Award” to deserving researchers and clinicians who have made outstanding contributions to the field of sexual medicine.
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