Below is a list of books recommended for recovery from sex addiction.


Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction

by Patrick J. Carnes Ph.D. (Author)

Sex is at the core of our identities. And when it becomes a compulsion, it can unravel our lives.

Out of the Shadows is the premier work on this disorder, written by a pioneer in its treatment. Revised and updated to include the latest research--and to address the exploding phenomenon of cybersex addiction--this third edition identifies the danger signs, explains the dynamics, and describes the consequences of sexual addiction and dependency. With practical wisdom and spiritual clarity, it points the way out of the shadows of sexual compulsion and back into the light and fullness of life.

The "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous

 The original source text out of which all other recovery programs have emerged.  Even though this is Alcoholics Anonymous' source material, the content and principles apply to every and any recovering person.  This book shares hope, wisdom, guidance and stories of those who have regained their lives.

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The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions


The Twelve Steps and Twelve traditions expands in detail the steps outline in the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous.  The perfect companion to the Big Book and filled from cover to cover with wisdom that transcends generations.

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 A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps

by Patrick J. Carnes Ph.D. (Author)


The foremost guidebook through the process of working the Twelve Steps, A Gentle Path offers a structured way to learn and grow with the steps as one works them.  This is considered by most in the recovery community to be the standard workbook that any addict, especially sex addict, should have. 

Sex Addicts Anonymous "Green Book"


The basic text for the SAA Program, the "Green Book" offers wisdom from the perspective of sex addiction and common sense advice on working the 12-steps.  Inside also are stories of experience strength and hope.

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 Sexaholics Anonymous "White Book"

The basic text for the Sexaholics Anonymous program.  Included is insights into working the 12-steps and living a life of recovery from the SA perspective.  Stories of experience strength and hope also encourage.

 Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

The basic text for the SLAA program.  Read about the history of SLAA, the first meetings and gain practical advise on working the steps and living out a life of recovery free from addiction.  Stories of experience strength and hope also adorn these pages as well as other helpful insight including starting your own meeting.

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous

The basic text for the SCA program.  Working the steps and knowledge on living life free from addiction within recovery principles from the SCA perspective. 

Answers in the Heart

Hazelden Publications


Daily meditations and devotionals directed at sex addiction.  Inspiring and uplifting, these readings stimulate the mind and open awareness.


Hazelden Publications

Directed towards men, these meditations and devotionals convict and uplift with subject matter targeted toward the unique perspective of a man.