Dr. Patrick Carnes

The founder & clinical architect of our program

Patrick Carnes, PhD, CAS

The founder and primary architect of Gentle Path at The Meadows, Dr. Patrick Carnes is a world-renowned expert on sex addiction and treatment. With more than 30 years in the field, Dr. Carnes has been a significant contributor to the advancement of sexual addiction treatment and research. His extensive knowledge, assessment tools, and related materials — including his 30-Task Model for sex addiction treatment — combine to create an unprecedented approach to addiction recovery.

Patrick Carnes video

A prolific author and speaker, Dr. Carnes pioneered the founding of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), which specializes in training Certified Sex Addiction Therapists. From 1996 until 2004, Dr. Carnes was Clinical Director for Sexual Disorder Services at The Meadows. His achievements include The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), where they present an annual “Carnes Award” to researchers and clinicians who have made exceptional contributions to the field of sexual health.


  • Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction (the first work designed to help people deal with their sexual compulsions and examine the issues found in family relationships)
  • Facing the Shadow
  • Recovery Zone
  • A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps
  • The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships
  • Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred
  • Facing Addiction

  • Clinical Management of Sex Addiction
  • Don’t Call It Love: Recovery from Sexual Addiction
  • Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict
  • A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Principles: Living the Values Behind the Steps
  • In the Shadows of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior
  • Open Hearts: Renewing Relationships with Recovery, Romance & Reality
  • Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict

Beyond Theory Podcast with Patrick Carnes, PhD, CAS

Technology’s purpose is to improve the quality of life for humanity. But unfortunately, in many ways, it has provided unintended consequences, for example, serving as stimuli for sex addiction. Dr. Patrick Carnes says that as technologies evolve, we must remain vigilant about this issue, especially when it comes to adolescents. But can vigilance and treatment practices evolve just as rapidly as technology?

Beyond Theory Podcast with Patrick Carnes

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