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Recovery Zone: Volume 1

Recovery Zone, Volume One picks up where Facing the Shadow leaves off, guiding readers to begin working tasks eight through thirteen of Dr. Patrick Carnes' innovative thirty-task model. This book helps readers understand that true recovery is achieved by learning to cope with difficult situations and emotions.


Stopping addictive behavior is the only way to start recovery. However, stopping the behavior is not enough to stay in recovery. True recovery is achieved by learning to cope with difficult situations and emotions. Dr. Patrick Carnes helps readers know how to deal with difficult affective states and guides them to a place of resilience so they can decide what is important in their lives. Readers will learn how to live optimally in their Recovery Zone. The work sets the stage for recovery tasks 8-13, providing readers with a practical approach to recognize the underlying emotional causes that perpetuate the addiction cycle.

Excerpt from the book: NEED

"Sexual Anorexia is an obsessive state in which the physical, mental, and emotional task of avoiding sex dominates one's life. Like self-starvation with food or compulsive debting or hoarding with money, deprivation with sex can make one feel powerful and defended against all hurts. [...] Yet, as with other addictions and compulsions, the costs are great. In this case, sex becomes a furtive enemy to be continually kept at bay, even at the price of annihilating a part of oneself."

Customer Reviews

Will answer a lot of questions for partners and SA

By L. Little June 1, 2013

Patrick Carnes hits it out of the park with this outstanding, well outlined, fascinating book that certainly will lead to changes that last as promised. Get to know yourself much better in the areas with which you struggle on a daily basis and find tools to overcome your most resistant issues.

Excellent recovery tool

By Jeff M. July 1, 2013

Probably the best resource produced by Dr. Patrick Carnes and his team. Wonderful exercises for dealing with internal tasks such as de-shaming and grief work.