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Carnes Biography


Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D., C.A.S. is the Clinical Director of Sexual Disorder Services at The Meadows, an internationally recognized, private multiple addiction/disorder treatment and recovery facility in Wickenburg, Arizona, 60 miles northwest of Phoenix in Wickenburg, Arizona.

The educational and therapeutic services for sexual disorders available at The Meadows are built on the technology evolved through Dr. Carnes' landmark study of the recoveries of 1,000 sex addicts. This work, summaried in Don't Call It Love, has been described by New Age Journal as "the best book on the market about addiction and its costs and consequences."

Dr. Carnes' pioneering career work includes the design of the first inpatient facility for sexual addiction in the country at Golden Valley Health Center in Minnesota.

Dr. Carnes serves as Editor-In-Chief of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, the official publication of the National Council of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, which provides clinicians with innovative strategies for intervention and treatment of this emerging critical health issue.

The Meadows provides services to adults who are suffering from diseases of chemical and alcohol dependency, eating disorders, sexual addiction, depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, compulsive-addictive behaviors, dependent personality lifestyles, and other psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Carnes is a nationally known speaker on addiction and recovery issues. he is the author of Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction, Revised Edition, 1992; Contrary To Love: Helping the Sex Addict, 1989; A Gentle Path Through The Twelve Steps For All People In The Process Of Recovery, Revised Edition, 1993; and Don't Call It Love: Recovery From Sexual Addition, 1991. His first book on family systems entitled Understanding Us is regarded as a classic in family education and is now in many foreign editions.

New Times suggested his later book, Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred "will create a new wave of understanding about sexuality and the dynamics in intimate sexual relationships."

Dr. Carnes' latest book, The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships is the subject of a national workshop tour. It provides the basis for answering the question, "Why do people, like Nicole Brown Simpson, stay in their relationships?" In his book, Dr. Carnes finds a core similarity between addiction disorders and betryal bonding. Both are rooted in abandonement; those who would exploit us, betray us into bonding with them. Additionally, he demonstrates how to untangle from the suffocating ties of the betrayal bonds. The Betrayal Bond is published by Health Communications, Inc., of Deerfield Beach, Florida and follows a tradition of extraordinary literature by Dr. Carnes.

Dr. Carnes is often sought for his expertise on the subjects of sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and traumatic bonding by print and broadcast media. His list of interviews includes CBS 48 HOURS, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Tribune Newspapers, 20/20, Sally Jesse Raphael, Maury Povich and Inside Edition, as well as numerous radio programs throughout the country.

Dr. Carnes received his Doctorate of Philosophy in counselor education and organizational development from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Carnes serves as a member of the board of directors for the National Council of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity and the National Advisory Board of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in The Addictive Disorders. Additionally, he is the vice-chair of the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute (ISTI), a collaborative organization of fourteen denominations working on sexual trauma within a faith context.

Information on Dr. Carnes' workship and conference schedule and other programs by The Meadows on self-defeating relationships, personal growth and recovery, and post-traumatic stress is available by calling toll-free 1-800-MEADOWS(632-3697).