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Sexual Addiction

 We offer help identifying and treating sexual addiction.  Read more to learn what sexual addiction is, how we treat it, and some online resources to confirm it's identification, or find our list of valuable books.

 How Sexual Addiction is Treated 

Treatment addresses all areas in a person’s life: spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, familial and social.  There are general tenets to understanding addiction that apply to all people. At Restoration Counseling of Atlanta, we have a solid understanding of these tenets and how they apply to the treatment of addiction. Our treatment model involves treating the whole person and acquiring an understanding of each person’s past as well as his current situation.  We develop a treatment plan that integrates addictive treatment, personal stories and biblical truth for a long-term recovery.

Our primary goal is to help those who struggle with sexual issues learn to walk consistently in freedom – the way God intended them to walk.

What is Sexual Addiction?

“Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s work environment”.

Sexual addiction has been called sexual dependency and sexual compulsivity. By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict’s life. Sexual addicts make sex a priority more important than family, friends, and work. Sex becomes the organizing principle of addict’s live. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior.

No single behavior pattern defines sexual addiction. These behaviors, when they have taken control of addicts’ lives and become unmanageable, include: compulsive masturbation, compulsive heterosexual and homosexual relationships, pornography, prostitution, exhibitionism, voyeurism, indecent phone calls, child molesting, incest, rape and violence. Even the healthiest forms of human sexual expression can turn into self-defeating behaviors. (Patrick Carnes @

 Online Test

To determine if you may have a sexual addiction problem take this test: Sexual Addiction Assessment


      Betrayal Bond, Patrick Carnes

      Out of the Shadows, Patrick Carnes

      Cybersex Unhook, Patrick Carnes

      Relationship Recovery and Renewal (couples guide to healing), Mark Laaser

      Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction, Mark Laaser

      The Altar of Sexual Idolatry, Steve Galager

      Every Young Mans Battle, Steven Arterburn

      Temptation, Mortification of Sin, John Owen

      Christian directory (Lust, fornication), Richard Baxter

      L.I.F.E Guides (men, women , spouse, adolescents)

      Breaking Free: Understanding Sexual Addiction & the Healing Power of Jesus by Russell Willingham and Bob Davies (good, biblical treatment of sexual addiction)

      False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction by Dr. Harry W. Schaumburg (experienced counselor on sexual addictions / works with Christian leaders)

      Pure Desire by Ted Roberts (a pastor that overcame addiction to pornography) and Jack Hayford

      Sex, Lies, and Forgiveness: Couples Speaking Out on Healing from Sex Addiction by Burt and Jennifer Schneider (used only–no longer in print)

      The Sexual Man by Dr. Archibald D. Hart (based of nationwide research / refutes myths surrounding male sexuality)

      Secret of Eve: Understanding the Mystery of Female Sexuality by Dr. Archibald D. Hart (used only–no longer in print)

      She Has a Secret: Understanding Female Sexual Addiction by D. Weiss, Ph.D.

      A Way of Escape: Freedom from Sexual Strongholds by Neil T. Anderson (president of Freedom in Christ ministries) and Freedom from Addiction: Breaking the Bondage of Addiction and Finding Freedom in Christ by Neil T. Anderson, Mike Quarles, Julia Quarles, and Terry Whalin

Internet Helps

      Safe Eyes

      Covenant Eyes

      Faithful and True

      Sex Help

      Freedom Begins Here

      Freedom Everyday

      Christian Recovery

      Pure Intimacy

      Sexual Sanity

      Dr. Carnes Recovery Zone

Scripture References

      Genesis 1:27 – the creation of sexuality

      Genesis 2:24-25 – they became intimately one flesh, weren’t ashamed of their nakedness

      Genesis 34:27-29 – consequences can be devastating if used wrong

      Genesis 39:9 – resisting sexual sin

      Exodus 20:14

      Exodus 22:16-17, 19

      Leviticus 18:6-20, 22-23

      Leviticus 19:29

      Leviticus 20:10-21

      Leviticus 21:9

      Deuteronomy 5:18 – adultery

      Deuteronomy 22:5, 13-30

      Deuteronomy 23:17-18

      Deuteronomy 27:21 – bestiality

      Judges 16:15 – combat temptation

      I Kings 15:11-12

      I Kings 22:46

      Job 31:1-4

      Psalm 101:2,3

      Proverbs 2:16-17

      Proverbs 5:3, 18-20

      Proverbs 6:25-35 – sexual sin always hurts someone

      Proverbs 7:25-27

      Proverbs 22:14

      Proverbs 23:27

      Song of Songs – the ultimate of God’s plan for sexuality is beautiful

      Song of Songs 2:7, 3:5 – sexuality should not be aroused before it’s time

      Song of Songs 3:6-5:1 – marriage and consummation of sexuality

      Hosea 4:10-14 – temple prostitution and fertility cults are evil

      Matthew 5:28 – lust

      Matthew 15:19

      Matthew 19:3-9

      Mark 7:27

      Mark 10:2-12

      Romans 1:24-27

      Romans 6:12

      Romans 8:13

      Romans 13:13

      I Corinthians 3:16

      I Corinthians 6:9, 13, 15-16, 18

      I Corinthians 7:3-5, 9, 36-37

      I Corinthians 10:8

      I Corinthians 12:21

      Galatians 5:19-21

      Ephesians 2:3

      Ephesians 4:19

      Ephesians 5:3, 5

      Philippians 4:8

      Colossians 3:5

      I Thessalonians 4:3-8

      II Timothy 2:22

      Titus 2:5 – exercise purity

      Titus 3:3

      Hebrews 13:4

      I Peter 2:11

      I Peter 4:2-3

      I John 2:16

      Jude 4, 7

      Revelation 2:20

      Revelation 14:4

      Revelation 21:8





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