The Marriage Junkie: Kicking Your Obsession by Sherry Gaba
About The Book:
After Rihanna and Alanis Morissette and Amber Smith and Rachel Uchitel, we’ve all heard about love addiction—people who feel they can only be happy when they are deep in an all-consuming love. There are a handful of books about it (including Facing Love Addiction by Pia Melody, Women Who Love too Much by Robin Norwood, Love Addict by Ethlie Ann Vare, and others), and many rehab and recovery centers are now advertising that they help clients with love addictions.
But no one has approached the subject of its equally damaging cousin—marriage and relationship addiction. Marriage addicts are so in love with love that they continually move from one relationship to another, always on the rebound, never giving themselves time to heal and learn how to be independent. They marry again and again, just to avoid feeling lonely—or worse, to avoid feeling “abnormal.”
The Marriage Junkie will address all of these issues, looking at early childhood trauma and how that affects our subsequent choices in partners, and how we approach love and marriage. It will discuss the lessons we learn from our upbringing and social and cultural background—lessons that sometimes teach us what healthy relationships look like, but sometimes teach us something else: that we don’t deserve any better; that a typical relationship looks turbulent and difficult; that if we ask for better for ourselves, people won’t like us or want to be with us.
About The Author:
Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Recovery and Transformational Life Coach who has helped hundreds of people cope with lifelong addictions of all kinds, including substance abuse, love and relationship addiction, and codependency. Sherry offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She brings a wealth of expertise to this book, not only as a clinician, but also as someone who has worked with countless love/relationship addicts in her practice and on television, applying these principles. She will share personal stories and experiences with clients as a way to connect with readers.
Sherry has extensive television and radio experience that will help her appeal to a national audience. She brings a down-to-earth, passionate, and trusting personality to her work. Readers will easily connect with her, and follow along in her simple approach to making life changes in conquering their marriage and relationship addictions.
Many readers will recognize Sherry. She was a monthly guest on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s radio show, Dr. Drew Live. She had her own radio show, A Moment of Change on CBS Sky Radio, and most recently had her own radio show on KVTA 1590, The Brighter Side of Recovery for Families in Crisis. Sherry was an on-screen therapist on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab 2, 3, 4 and 5 and its subsequent spin-off, Sober House. She also worked behind the scenes on Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew on VH1 and this fall can be seen on the nationally syndicated The Robert Irvine Show, using her trademark sensitivity and compassion to help troubled cast members work out their conflicts. (The Robert Irvine Show is a conflict-resolution daytime talk show. It airs weekdays from 2 to 3 pm on The CW Network stations nationwide. One of Sherry’s segments: http://sherrygaba.com/sherry-gaba-discusses-alcohol-addiction-robert-irvine-show/#sthash.g0z7o6h1.dpuf)
Her first book, The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery, combined the principles of the law of attraction and addiction recovery, which makes her brand not only popular with addiction audiences but also audiences for whom metaphysics, spirituality, and self-help resonate. Sherry’s book was endorsed by Dr. Drew Pinsky, and received testimonials from Melody Beattie, author of Codependent No More (which sold more than 8 million copies), and Deepak Chopra, called the book a “masterpiece.”