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A Light in the Dark

Nonfiction: Self-Help
Unabridged   4 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/07/2023

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A Light in the Dark

The Hidden Legacy of Adult Children of Sex Addicts

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696610858


A groundbreaking book detailing the unique issues experienced by adult children who grew up with a sexually addicted parent and offering a path to unburden their shameful legacy and embrace sexuality and intimacy without the intrusion or constraints from the past.

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Adult children who grew up with a parent who had a sexual addiction are left confused, ashamed, and mistrustful regarding the feelings and boundaries surrounding sex, love, and intimacy. Due to the inappropriate sexual behavior of one parent, and the subsequent impact of betrayal on the other parent, these adults carry sexual secrets, have divided loyalties, and are often caught in the middle of their parents' struggles. Having witnessed (or known of) affairs, walked in on a parent masturbating or viewing pornography, received extreme or shameful messages regarding sexuality or gender, experienced sexualized remarks about their bodies, been neglected as a result of the addiction, or were modeled extreme moral values (either too permissive or shaming), these adult children of sex addicts (ACSAs) struggle with their sexuality and longings for love.

ACSAs have not had their stories told in any significant way in the recovery literature. Intergenerational trauma is transmitted through the legacy of carried sexual shame—the burden of which is not theirs. A Light in the Dark offers hope for unburdening ACSAs by sharing the experiences of others, as well as examining the characteristics, roles and recovery that point toward the freedom and joy they rightfully deserve.

Author Bio

Kenneth M. Adams, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and faculty member with the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals and the clinical director of Kenneth M. Adams and Associates in suburban Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mary E. Meyer, PhD, LMFT, is a couples and family therapist and executive director of Full Heart Family Therapy in Ankeny, Iowa. She is also a certified sex addiction therapist and a developmental and relational trauma therapist. For more on Dr. Meyer visit fullheartfamilytherapy.com. Culle L. Vande Garde, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker supervisor, certified sex addiction therapist, and founder of Dallas Center for Relational Healing in Dallas, Texas. For more information visit cullevandegarde.com.