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Keys to Recovery Newspaper
Reviewed by The Crew

It’s Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction. Written by Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP. Published by Central Recovery Press (CRP).

I’ve known Andrew for years, however I heard him speak at a presentation and I knew I had to read and review this “guidebook for every person seeking long-term healing from sex addiction.”

“Ending compulsive sexual behavior is just the beginning.” Just like drinking, sexual addiction is only a symptom of underlying causes. “These underlying causes trigger sexual compulsions and/or substance use, emotional, and behavioral obsessions.” Susskind deals with the underlying issues that must be addressed to achieve sustainable sexual sobriety, so that reliable relationships and emotional intimacy can be reached.

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Sex and Relationship Healing Blog
Reviewed by Scott Brassart

Andrew Susskind is a clinical social worker, certified group psychotherapist, and somatic experiencing and brainspotting practitioner in the Los Angeles area. He specializes in relationships, sexual recovery, addictions, trauma, and mid-life transitions. After working with hundreds of sex addicts in his career, he realized that there was a gap in the clinical literature on sexual recovery. Lots of books and articles have discussed what sexual addiction is and how to overcome it – but very little has been written about how sober sex addicts can move forward into living healthy, happy lives.

Susskind’s forthcoming book, It’s Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction (available to the public June 11) addresses this gap.

In a nutshell, he answers the question: “What happens after I get sober from my sexual addiction?”

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The Clinical Update | Winter 2020
California Society of Clinical Social Work
Reviewed by Holly Wood, LMFT

In his work, It's Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction, author Andrew Susskind provides hope, guidance, and real-life examples of how to sustain recovery after living with out-of-control sexual behavior (OCSB). The author describes the paradox of sexual compulsivity: that sexual compulsion is a misguided attempt to gain a secure attachment, yet compulsive sex creates distance from one’s emotional longing, turning into intimacy avoidance.

This demonstrates both the difficulty and the possibility of healing by examining the positive and negative impacts of sexual compulsion (i.e. it is socially unacceptable but also playful and exciting). By honoring both parts to decompartmentalize sex and intimacy, one is able to obtain long-term recovery by integrating sex, love, and intimacy to heal from what Susskind notes as the root of the problem: brokenheartedness.

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Recommended Books for Sex Addicts and Partners
Reviewed by Scott Brassart

It’s Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy After Sexual Addiction, by Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind is a Los Angeles based clinician specializing in somatic experiencing, brainspotting, group therapy, and sexual issues. It’s Not About the Sex recognizes a basic fact of addiction: that we don’t engage in addictive behaviors to feel good, we do it to feel less – to escape feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and the like. Andrew shares his own and others’ experience with sexual addiction as he discusses the pathway to long-term healing.

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Amazon Reviews

Reviewed by Leslie Quinn, LMFT
It’s the first and only book I’ve seen that addresses what one does next when the acting out has stopped — with a focus on creating a life of meaningful, intimate relationships.

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Reviewed by Eddie Capparucci, LPC, C-CSAS, CPCS
Using insightful case studies, Andrew explains how long-term recovery involves the restoration of the nervous system. He does an excellent job taking complex science regarding the neurological system and presenting it in an easy-to-understand format.

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Reviewed by Edward H.
There are many books that provide tools and strategies to obtain sobriety, but Susskind dives into the underlying issues that must be addressed and healed to sustain long-term recovery.

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Reviewed by Steven Karbelnig, LMFT
While this book focuses on recovery from sexual compulsion, it has universal appeal. It’s about improving the quality of your life, whether healing from an addiction or not.

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Reviewed by Andrew F.
Whether it be sex, drugs, food, etc this book provides a deeper understanding of this stigmatized label. Thank you Andrew, for helping to destigmatize addiction and bring light and hope!

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Editorial Reviews

As daunting as recovery can seem, this book helps readers gain a sense of calm by recognizing key issues that will move them forward in their lives.
― Claudia Black, PhD, Author of Deceived and Intimate Treason.

Going beyond current tension around out-of-control sexual behaviors, such as whether we should link sexual compulsivity to a pathologizing, disease-oriented model, Susskind addresses the need for humans to learn how to connect, love, and thrive in intimate relationships.
― Patti Britton, PhD, MPH, Author of The Art of Sex Coaching.

Susskind provides a roadmap for living life to its fullest while healing from this debilitating addiction.
― Robert Weiss, PhD, Author of Sex Addiction 101.

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