Resources

Learn more about addiction from these resources and books by Orthodox writers and addiction experts in the broader community.

General Resources

  • Straight Talk about Addiction: A Biopsychosocial Model. This recent evidence-based resource by addiction expert Terence Gorski explains the disease of addiction and relapse prevention in plain language.

Addiction and Orthodoxy

  • Addiction, Recovery, and Orthodox Christianity. Fr. George Aquaro, author of the blog Orthodoxy and Recovery, and Dr. Albert Rossi of St. Vladimir’s Seminary discuss addiction and ways to overcome it in this Ancient Faith Radio podcast.
  • Healing: Orthodox Christianity and Scientific Psychology. In this collection of essays, Fr. George Morelli draws from both the Orthodox Tradition and the findings of contemporary psychological research.
  • Raizing Lazarus: Integral Healing in Orthodox Christianity. This book, edited by Stephen Muse, explores the integration of Orthodox Christianity with contemporary healing practices for the body and mind.
  • Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps. Fr. Meletios Webber, an Orthodox priest with a doctorate in counseling, explores addiction and correlates the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with basic Orthodox theology in this unique book.

Biochemistry and Nutrition

  • The Alliance for Addiction Solutions. This educational nonprofit led by St. Ephraim Center staffer Christina Veselak is dedicated to promoting effective nutritional and other natural methods for the treatment of addictive disorders.
  • End Your Addiction Now: The Proven Nutritional Supplement Program That Can Set You Free. This book by Charles Gant, M.D., explores the biochemical factors that underlie addiction and offers practical advice for those in recovery.
  • The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions—Today. Julia Ross’s comprehensive program uses amino acids, other supplements and diet to overcome depression, anxiety and other negative emotional states.
  • Seven Weeks to Sobriety: The Proven Program to Fight Alcoholism through Nutrition.This book by Joan Mathews Larson, Ph.D., explains how addressing nutritional deficiencies and dietary adjustments is critical to relapse prevention.
  • Straight Talk about Addiction: A Biopsychosocial Model. This recent evidence-based resource by addiction expert Terence Gorski explains the disease of addiction and relapse prevention in plain language.

Pornography and Sexual Addiction

  • The Drug of the New Millennium: The Science of How Internet Pornography Radically Alters the Human Brain and Body. Mark Kastleman discusses how pornography radically alters the human brain and offers principles to help protect families from this accessible “super-drug.” More information here.
  • Internet Pornography. Dr. Albert Rossi of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary identifies the alarming statistics and addictive potential of internet pornography in this half-hour Ancient Faith Radio podcast Part 1 and part 2.
  • No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Shame. Marnie C. Ferree, founder of the first faith-based treatment program in the country for female sex addicts, offers a unique resource for women struggling with sexual addiction.
  • Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction. This foundational resource by Dr. Patrick Carnes describes the danger signs, dynamics, and consequences of sexual addiction and points the way to recovery.
  • The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography. In thisthis recovery guide, sex and relationship therapists Wendy and Larry Maltz provide a comprehensive program for understanding and healing addictions to pornography and other serious consequences of porn use.

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