Adolescent Sex and Love Addicts

Adolescent Sex and Love Addicts

Adolescent Sex and Love Addicts

Adolescent Sex and Love Addicts

Synopsis

Of those which deal with sex and love addiction, this work is alone in that it examines adolescents as a specific population. The number of case histories presented in the text are a prominent feature. The work should be of interest to clinicians and clients both. The book addresses the case of adolescent sex and love addicts as was done with adolescent chemical dependents 20 years ago.

Excerpt

Three adolescents who could be diagnosed sex and love addicts came to my attention today. Three in one day. It is time that such a diagnosis for adolescents be recognized by the therapeutic community, so that these three and so many others may be treated appropriately and directed toward recovery. As I begin this book on adolescent sex and love addiction, I am reminded of my own early skepticism about adolescent chemical dependency. My experience with substance abuse and drug and alcohol addictions began in 1970. At that time, I worked at Eagleville Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Eagleville, Pennsylvania. The hospital was engaged in an exciting new venture funded by a large grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Eagleville was treating drug addicts and alcoholics in the same treatment program. This combining of chemical abusers in one program was rare in those days, and the approach had many opponents. However, in the years since then, almost all substance abuse programs have been opened to people who are addicted to any drug, including alcohol. The approach that was considered an experiment twenty years ago has become almost universal.

Our understanding of and approach to adolescent chemical dependency has shown a similar growth. Twenty years ago, there were no programs that treated addicted teenagers. Young people could only get treatment by becoming part of a program designed for adults. Fortunately, treatment professionals recognized that adolescents have special needs and respond better in a program designed just for them. In fact, most chemical dependency programs now have at least a special track for teenagers, and some institutions treat only adolescents.

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