My chapter in "Reflections on the History of the Sex Addiction Field"

A book titled Reflections on the History of the Sex Addiction Field. was recently published.  The editors identified people who they decided had pivotal roles in the development of this field to each write a chapter highlighting their recollections of "the early days".  In this way people will have a way to understand some history they would not otherwise have an opportunity to know about.  I was honored to be one of the contributors so my short chapter is included in this collection.

Since I was very active coordinating the annual conference for the National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity for several years, I had some perspective to offer about that.  Also, since I was one of the earliest and most sustained proponents for the organization changing its identity to the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), my role in that transition was valuable to share because there is still some residual misunderstanding about the purpose for this rebranding.  It also gave me a chance to continue to state my opinions about the need to develop more theories and practice models for understanding and helping people who engage in sexual behavior that  consistently conflicts with their commitments to others, their own personal values and even their own self control.

I'm very honored to have been asked to contribute to a book filled with so many esteemed leaders in the field of sex addiction!


Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT is an Atlanta counselor who helps people with all sorts of personal problems.  He also specializes in helping people find their way through problems with sexual or pornography compulsions or addictions as well as all of the many other forms of complex sexual dilemmas that people find themselves in.