IN THIS INTENSELY PERSONAL MEMOIR, Staci Sprout offers a vulnerable account of her recovery journey from the painful world of sexual intrigue and addiction. She was an honors student and cheerleader, and later a talented young social worker, but her life had a dark twist even her closest friends didn’t suspect. Childhood sexual abuse and exposure to pornography had ignited a drive to be sexual that eventually threatened to unravel her sanity and her life. Desperate for relief, she tried psychotherapy, hypnotism, bodywork, and traditional and pagan spirituality. Nothing helped until a near-death experience became a turning point and she found her way into the rooms of 12-Step recovery for sex addiction. Staci’s story reveals what can happen when a woman refuses to give up in her fight for dignity and freedom. The wisdom that emerges will be both a roadmap and inspiration for anyone, male or female, who struggles with sexual addiction – and to their loved ones. “One of the most compelling recovery stories I’ve read.” – CLAUDIA BLACK, PhD, author of Intimate Treason and It Could Never Happen to Me “A bright gift of hope to individuals and couples impacted by sex addiction.” – DRS. BILL AND GINGER BERCAW, relationship columnists for The Huffington Post, authors of The Couple’s Guide to Intimacy “Incredibly powerful. A much-needed voice for female sex addicts, who far too often are shamed into silence.” – ROBERT WEISS, LCSW, CSAT-S, author of Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age “An instant recovery classic and a beautiful helping guide for anyone struggling with addictions.” – MARI LEE, LMFT, CSAT-S, author of Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts
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I read this book in one day. I was deeply moved by the honesty and amount of courage Staci has in telling her story. It is a page turner with deep compassion. Thank you Staci for writing your transformational story. I especially identified with being a therapist and being betrayed and lied to, and feeling shame that some how I should have known. I found out my husband of 30+ years was dealing with sex addiction and am healing from his disclosure. I found hope in your story, I'm deeply grateful to you.
I will definitely be recommending your book to my clients and their families struggling from Sex Addiction as a story of hope. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And I'm so happy for you Stacy!!!
"Rigorous Honesty" and "Half Measures Avail Us Nothing" are the two terms that come to my mind as I think about my whirlwind first read of this book. In the muddled world of addiction, co-addiction and recovery, we can trick ourselves in an infinite variety of ways. As honesty starts pervading our recovery, it is also the bedrock of progress. Even if we can't relate to some life experiences in this book, or are even want to shun them, honesty is something to be respected and strived for. I found it in this book. As I read, I said to myself, "If she can be honest about this, I can be honest about that in my life." It was also very enlightening to me to see how 12 steppers can use, say, alcoholism, as their life struggle, when truly, incest, or their own sexual addiction, narcissim, etc.stays well repressed within their core. This book helped me sort through many open loops in my own life, and I look forward to a more thorough reading.
Staci's writing is riveting, articulate, courageous and so honest. It is inspirational to read how dedication to healing can create exactly that. I could not put it down until I finished it. It left me inspired, moved and a sense of connection to the author. This book helped the reader understand the etiology of sex addiction as well as the way out of its horrific grasp. Naked in Public is a must read and I look forward to more by this same author.
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