Caron Treatment Centers & US Journal Training Announce First International Conference on Sex and Love Addiction

Mar 12, 2013, 09:08 ET from Caron Treatment Centers

Leading addiction experts to discuss global advances in clinical treatment

WERNERSVILLE, Pa., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Caron Treatment Centers and U.S. Journal Training, Inc. will co-present the first International Conference on Sex and Love Addiction April 4-6, 2013 at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York. The program is designed for addiction and mental health professionals, physicians, psychologists, marriage, family and sex therapists, educators, social workers and other healthcare professionals. Patrick J. Carnes, PhD, internationally recognized speaker and author on sex addiction, sexual trauma, and recovery issues, will serve as Honorary Conference Chair and deliver the keynote address.

"I'm proud to be working with Caron and U.S. Journal to bring together these experts for dialogue on the critical issues in sex addiction treatment today," said Carnes, author of Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction and multiple other books on the topic. "While public acknowledgement of sex addiction as a disorder is on the rise, there is a great deal of work yet to be done to fully understand and effectively treat this disease."

The Sex and Love Addiction Conference will provide attendees with valuable opportunities to:

  • Network with professional colleagues exploring the global impact of sex and love addiction.
  • Explore the world of sex addicts, their partners and families.
  • Learn the latest brain research and neuroscience of this and other addictions.
  • Gain skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of this and related behaviors and how they interact.
  • Join the discussion on the impact of technology and cybersex on adults, children and relationship/intimacy issues.

"At Caron, we conducted a study of 485 adult drug and alcohol inpatients and found that 21 percent of these individuals being treated for substance dependence scored  'at-risk' for sex addiction," said Cheryl Knepper, MA, LPC, CSAT-S and Vice President, Continuum Services, Caron Treatment Centers. "In many cases, alcohol, drug and sex addictions not only coexist, but interact, reinforce and fuse to become part of a complex clinical presentation known as Addiction Interaction Disorder (AID). Addressing AID is a key aspect of our clinical approach to addiction treatment and recovery. Through screening, assessment and education, we bring awareness to our patients and their families in order to assist them in recognizing that addictions that co-exist may leave them at higher risk of relapse if untreated."

Knepper and her colleagues will address Addiction Interaction Disorder at the Sex and Love Addiction Conference in a session entitled "Sex Addiction within a Chemically Dependent Population." Other featured speakers at the conference will include medical professionals, researchers, authors and clinical professionals from leading facilities around the world.

"This landmark event represents the first time international leaders at the forefront of sex and love addiction treatment have convened in one place and promises to be an extremely insightful and educational experience, as well as an opportunity to earn up to 18 credit hours for continuing education," said Gary Seidler, Founder and Co-Director at U.S. Journal. "U.S. Journal is pleased to be partnering with Caron in our continued efforts to provide education, training and thought leadership resources to professionals in the fields of counseling, mental health and addiction treatment."

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the conference website.

About Caron Treatment Centers
Caron Treatment Centers is a nationally recognized non-profit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. With more than 50 years in the field, Caron is one of the oldest and largest organizations offering primary, relapse and longer-term residential treatment for adolescents, young adults, adults and older adults, as well as families affected by the disease of addiction. Caron's treatment is gender separate and gender-specific. Caron has extensive experience in the treatment of co-occurring psychological/psychiatric disorders within its patient community. Formerly the Caron Foundation, the acclaimed Caron Treatment Centers network operates treatment centers in Wernersville, PA; Dallas, TX; and West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach, FL. Caron also operates The Hanley Center and Gate Lodge. Caron has regional offices in Boston, Bermuda, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. For more information, visit

About U.S. Journal
U.S. Journal Training, Inc. is a conference training company which provides continuing education credits for professionals (including counselors, therapists, psychologists, physicians, nurses, social workers) who work in fields of addictive disorders and behavioral health. Established in 1979, USJT conferences bring together leaders in the field to inform, educate and train attendees while seeking to enhance the quality of their clinical skills. For more information, visit

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