Jeff Peterson Counseling, Psychotherapy, Psychologist Resources for Kansas City - Treating Sex Addiction, Substance Abuse, Out of Control Sexual Behaviors

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Kansas City Psychotherapy - Treating Sexual Addiction, Substance or Alcohol Addiction, and Other Addictions

Sexual Addiction is sometimes a stigmatizing word, therefore Out-of-Control-Sexual-Behaviors (OCSB) is oftentimes a more accurate description of classic problems associated with sexual addiction.  Being trapped in an addiction is like being locked in a private prison, where your behaviors and thoughts are stuck in the same pattern.  It is possible to manage an addiction and take control of your life.  Below are a set of resources that I have found helpful in treating a variety of addictions.   

Authors and Videos of Interest:

Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI) Robert Weiss informational video about sexual addiction.  Although recent research has demonstrated that sexual addiction may not have a similar neurological response as substance addictions, there are still legitimate reasons to question one’s sexual behavior: 1) if you are uncomfortable with your own behavior/unable to stop, 2) consequences for sexual behavior, 3) escalation, 4) loss of time that you are uncomfortable with, 5) goes against your own values, 6) leading a double life that you are not comfortable with.

National Geographic Channel documentary - Taboo: Sex Addiction.  Janice is a former self-identified sex addict who is now working hard to overcome her past obsession.  Sex addicts are not simply people who crave lots of sex. Instead, they have underlying problems -- stress, anxiety, depression, shame -- that drive their often risky sexual behavior.

Sex Addiction or Out-of-Control Sexual Behaviors (OCSB)

Online Sexual Addiction -

American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders -

Sexual Addiction Recovery Resources -

Sex Addiction Resource Website -

National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity -

National Counseling Intervention Services -

Women’s Sexual Screening Addiction Test (W-SAST) -

G-Sexual Addiction Screening Test (G-SAST) -

Codependents of Sexual Addiction (COSA) -

S-ANON International Family Groups -

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) -

About Sexual Addiction -



SAA - Sex Addicts Anonymous Resources -

Sexual Trauma

Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA) -

Incest Survivors Anonymous (ISA) -

Sexual Dysfunction

Treating Erectile Dysfunction -

Men’s Sexual Health -

Gender Inequality / Roles


Sex Addiction Screening:

Women’s Sexual Screening Addiction Test (W-SAST) -

G-Sexual Addiction Screening Test (G-SAST) -

Sexaholics Anonymous Screening (SA) -

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous 20 Questions (SCA) -

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous - Characteristics of Sex Addiction -

Sex Addicts Anonymous Assessment (SAA) -

S-ANON Family of Sex Addicts Assessment -

Sexual Addiction Support Groups and Resources:

Online Sexual Addiction -

American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders -

Sexual Addiction Recovery Resources -

Sex Addiction Resource Website -

National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity -

National Counseling Intervention Services -

Codependents of Sexual Addiction (COSA) -

S-ANON International Family Groups -

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) -

Recovering Couples Anonymous (RCA) -

Sex Addicts Anonymous On-Line Resources:

Sex Addicts Anonymous - (Green Book) SAA's basic text

Sex Addicts Anonymous - A Pathway to Recovery

The Bubble - A Metaphor for Addictive Sexual Behavior

Three Circles - Defining Sexual Sobriety in SAA


Getting a Sponsor

SAA and the Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender Sex Addict

A Special Welcome to the Woman Newcomer - from other women members of SAA

Safe and Sexually Sober Meetings - Helping Women Feel Welcome in Your Meeting

Sexual Sobriety and the Internet

Recovery from Compulsive Sexual Avoidance - A Return to Intimacy

First Step To Recovery - A guide to working the First Step

Getting Started In Sex Addicts Anonymous - A beginner's packet for recovering sex addicts

Tools of Recovery - A Practical Guide for New Members of SAA

Writing to Prisoners - Recovery through Outreach in SAA

Abstinence and Boundaries In SAA - Tools for Recovery

The 12 Steps of Sexaholics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous:

  1. 1.    We admitted that we were powerless over lust -- that our lives had become unmanageable.

  2. 2.    Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

  3. 3.    Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

  4. 4.    Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

  5. 5.    Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

  6. 6.    Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

  7. 7.    Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

  8. 8.    Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

  9. 9.    Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

  10. 10.    Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

  11. 11.    Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

  12. 12.    Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to sexaholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Sex Addiction Resources for Colorado and Kansas City:

Colorado Service Group 12-Step Programs -

Kansas City SAA: (303) 847-4980

FtCollins/NEst SAA (970) 372-0553

CSpgs/SWest SAA(719) 359-4284

Kansas City Sexaholics: (303) 292-3376 with 20 additional meetings not listed at this site.

Northern Colorado Sexaholics: (970) 797-1430

Colorado Springs Sexaholics: (719) 260-6760

Western Slope Sexaholics: (970) 319-7147

Colorado Springs SLAA and SexA: (719) 387-0988

Read stories from others in Colorado who have struggled with sex addiction:

AA Alcoholics Anonymous

Alateen, for friends and family members of alcoholics

Alcoholics for Christ

Addictions Victorious No Meetings Available in this City

Alcoholics Victorious No Meetings Available in this City

Celebrate Recovery

CA Cocaine Anonymous

Co-Anon, for friends and family of Cocaine addicts

CoDA - Co-Dependents Anonymous, for people working to end patterns of dysfunctional relationships and develop functional and healthy relationships

CMA Crystal Meth Anonymous

GA Gambler's Anonymous

Gam-Anon / Gam-A-Teen

FA Families Anonymous No Meetings Available in this City, see

FA Food Addicts in Recovery

FAA Food Addicts Anonymous www.foodaddictsanonymous

L.I.F.E. International (Living In Freedom Everyday)

MA Marijuana Anonymous www.marijuana-anonymous

NA Narcotics Anonymous

Nar-Anon No Meetings Available in this City

OLGA On Line Gamers Anonymous

Overcomers Outreach No Meetings Available in this City, see

OA Overeater's Anonymous

SCA Sexual Compulsives Anonymous

SAA Sex Addicts Anonymous

CO-SA No Meetings Available in this City, see

SA Sexaholics Anonymous

SLAA Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous No Meetings Available in this City, see


Substance & Additional Addiction Resources:

SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - The Next Step Toward A Better Life (Guidance to Recovery):

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator: SAMHSA

Find the best alcohol and drug treatment programs with this large database of recovery centers.

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: What to Ask: NIDA

Offers five important questions to ask when looking for an effective treatment program.

Alcoholics Anonymous

An international movement to provide treatment for alcoholics using a Twelve Step program and group meetings.

Helping Others Live Sober

Resources for professionals in the addiction medicine field as well as for those in recovery, provided by the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and Division of Child Psychiatry.

Addiction Treatment Forum:

An educational site focusing on addiction issues, especially opiate addiction and treatment.

American Council on Alcoholism :

Dedicated to educating the public about the effects of alcohol, alcoholism and treatment.

Do It Now Foundation

Publisher of prevention literature

Dual Diagnosis Website

Mental Illness, Drug Addiction and Alcoholism, MIDAA(R), MICA

Focus Adolescent Services

Internet Clearinghouse of resources, support and information

Heroin Information Website

Institute of Alcohol Studies:

Information on alcohol and the social and health consequences of its misuse.

Join Together Online:

A collaboration of the Boston University School of Public Health and The Partnership at, delivering substance abuse and addiction news.

Educational resource covering all aspects of alcoholism.

Mental Health Matters

Directory of mental health resources.

Methadone Anonymous:

Website that answers questions about methadone and has Methadone Anonymous support.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA):

Information on the cost of substance abuse throughout society and its impact on our lives.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD):

Provides education, information, help and hope in the fight against substance abuse.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC):

A resource for parents, educators and professionals on inhalant abuse.

Recovery Connection:

A website and that helps people locate addiction treatment centers and drug rehabilitation programs.

Woodbury Reports presents resources for parents and professionals trying to help at-risk teenagers.

Teen Drug Abuse:

Educational site about why teens begin using, what they are using, and how those drugs are affecting teens physically, socially, and mentally.

Web of Addictions:

Provides accurate information about alcohol and other drug addictions. Resource for anyone needing factual information about abused drugs.

Eating Disorders Resources

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED):

Multidisciplinary association of academic and clinical professionals with demonstrated interest and expertise in the field of eating disorders.

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness:

Aim is to disseminate educational information to parents and caregivers about warning signs, dangers and consequences of anorexia, bulimia and other related eating disorders.

The American Anorexia Bulimia Association, Inc. (AABA):

The AABA works to increase the public's consciousness of Eating Disorders - their prevalence, the early warning signs and symptoms.

Anorexia Nervosa & Related Eating Disorders, Inc.:

Provides information about eating and exercise disorders - general information, warning signs and details about recovery and prevention.

The Center for Healthy Living's Eating Disorder & Resource Guide:

Complete source for learning about eating disorders and treatment options.

Eating Disorders Referral and Information Center

Information and treatment resources for all forms of Eating Disorders.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

A program of recovery based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous for men and women struggling with food addiction.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD):

Dedicated to alleviating eating disorders and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA):

Dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research.

Problem/Compulsive Gambling Resources

National Center for Responsible Gambling:

Mission is to help individuals and families affected by problem gambling disorders.

National Council on Problem Gambling:

Provides information regarding problem and pathological(compulsive) gambling.

North American Training Institute:

Information regarding compulsive gambling prevention and treatment.

Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario):

Helps individuals and communities address gambling in a responsible way, through information, awareness/prevention, professional development and research.


Government Resources

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI):

Comprehensive source of information and searchable databases on substance abuse prevention.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism(NIAAA):

Supports and conducts research on causes, consequences, treatment and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol related problems.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA):

Assures that quality substance abuse and mental health services are available to people in need and strives to ensure that prevention and treatment knowledge is used more effectively in the general health care system.

Self-Help Resources

AA Meetings Online:

Directory of AA meetings on the Internet.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)

Al-Anon & Alateen

Alcoholics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous History

Spiritual roots of early AA

Anxiety Self Help

Center for On-Line Addiction (COLA)

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA)

Essence of Recovery

Food Addicts Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous

Gift From Within

International charity for survivors of trauma and victimization.

Internet Addiction

Marijuana Anonymous (MA)

Methadone Anonymous:

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Nicotine Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

People Helping People

Recovery Life

Dedicated to spreading the message of hope and strength to everyone in recovery.

Recovery USA, IIc

Addiction Recovery Supplies

Recovery Zone

Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA)

SMART Recovery

Self-Management & Recovery Training (A non-12 Step Recovery program)

Sober Sources Network

Sober Teens Online

The Sober Village

Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA)

Addiction Recovery Guide

Provides resources covering a wide range of recovery stages. Includes a message board and information about pharmacotherapies, behavior therapies, and holistic approaches to treatment. Produced by a psychiatrist who lost her son to addiction, with the assistance of a medical librarian at Beth Israel.

Addictions and

Developed and maintained by Steven M. Melemis, MD, PhD, this site includes information about specific drugs of abuse, withdrawal, tools of recovery, a recovery checklist, and resources for family members. See also his book I Want to Change My Life: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Addiction. Toronto, ON: Modern Therapies, 2010, 276p.

The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals

and Their Allies (NALGAP)

LGBT based organization providing information, training, networking, and advocacy about addiction and related problems for the LGBTQ community, as well as support for those engaged in the health professions, individuals in recovery, and others concerned about the health of gender and sexual minorities.

Faces & Voices of Recovery

Recovery advocates seeking to change public perceptions about the nature of, and solutions to, alcohol and other drug addiction.

See also: International Recovery

Resources Guide:


Helping Others Live Sober

Developed by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, this site aims to improve the quality of life for youth, families, and communities by providing scientific information, education, and personal experiences on the role of service in addiction recovery.

National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery

Organization composed of patients and health care professionals supporting quality opiate agonist treatment with the objective of advocating for patients by destigmatizing and empowering medication assisted treatment patients.

National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR)

NARR promotes a recovery oriented continuum of care for those with substance use disorders by credentialing recovery residences that implement empirically based recovery principles and practice standards.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD): Recovery Support

Includes information on finding local resources (US), links to major mutual aid/support groups, details on upcoming recovery events, the ROAR database (for people in recovery who want to volunteer as speakers for NCADD), and more.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Recovery Support

Site includes a definition of the concept of “recovery,” information about co-occurring disorders, resources about homelessness and disability insurance, and links to SAMHSA recovery focused products and projects.

Partners for Recovery:

SAMHSA sponsored collaboration of communities and organizations mobilized to help individuals and families achieve and maintain recovery and lead fulfilling lives. Includes resources on social inclusion, workforce development, partner & state activities, and more.

National Recovery Month:

Promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Site includes resources, local event calendars, banners, toolkits, and online videos about a variety of recovery related issues.

Women for Sobriety

A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. Their “New Life” self help group program acknowledges the very special needs women have in recovery the need to nurture feelings of self value and self worth and the desire to discard feelings of guilt, shame, and humiliation.