Renowned Addictions Expert Speaks on Sex Addiction in Gay Men at Complimentary Chicago Workshop

On March 13, renowned author, speaker and founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, will speak at a complimentary workshop on sex addiction in gay men at The Center on Halsted in Chicago. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) Feb. 28, 2013 – On March 13, Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute, Director of Intimacy and Sexual Disorders Services at both The Ranch in Tennessee and Promises Treatment Centers in California, and author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men, will speak at a complimentary workshop for clinicians, physicians, health care organizations and the recovery community. The workshop will take place from 12 to 4:30 p.m. at The Center on Halsted, a community center in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood that is dedicated to strengthening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. Titled “Cruise Control Revisited: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men,” this workshop will address common myths related to sex addiction as well as the influence of social media, smartphone apps and other evolving digital technologies on sexual behavior. Mr. Weiss will also review the frequently intersecting issues of sex and stimulant abuse (cocaine, meth and “party drugs”). Attendees will gain insight into the sex addiction diagnosis along with resources for recovery. Joining Mr. Weiss will be nationally recognized mental health and addictions expert Jeff Zacharias, LCSW, CAADC, RDDP. His presentation, “Addiction and the LGBTQI Community – Understanding the Intersection Between the Two,” will explore the issues fueling the high rates of addiction in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) population. In addition, attendees will learn evidence-based practices for treating addiction in this population. There is no fee for this event and attendees can earn three continuing education credits. Seating is limited. To reserve a space or to learn more about Mr. Weiss’ other speaking engagements, visit the Promises Behavioral Health events page or contact Jeanette Lisalda at (866) 825-1104 or [email protected].

About the Speakers

Robert Weiss is widely considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on sex and technology addictions along with the intimacy disorders that often underlie these problems. An author and media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, ESPN, The New York Times, ESPN and the Today Show, among others, Mr. Weiss also has provided clinical training and program development for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. military, and behavioral treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Jeff Zacharias is the President/Clinical Director of New Hope Recovery Center and maintains a private practice in the Lincoln Square area of Chicago. Jeff is on the Board of Directors for NALGAP and has had articles published in Addiction Professional magazine and Renew magazine, where he writes a monthly blog titled “Recovering with Pride” which is focused on recovery issues within the LGBTQI community.

About The Ranch

Since 1997, The Ranch has provided comprehensive therapeutic programs that treat the underlying causes of eating disorders, addictions and other self-defeating behaviors. The Ranch offers innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the whole person while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment. Located on a working horse ranch in the beautiful rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tennessee, The Ranch offers programs with a variable length of stay, which allows each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch, call (866) 381-8447 or visit

About Promises Treatment Centers

Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in southern California. Led by some of the country’s leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been a drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 25 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, call (877) 351-7506 or visit

About The Sexual Recovery Institute

The Sexual Recovery Institute is the nation’s premier outpatient program for men and women struggling with relationship, love and sex addiction. Based in Los Angeles, California, the institute offers confidential, affordable and gender-specific programs that encourage healthy sexuality and intimacy, including two-week intensives and individual, group and couples treatment. For more information about The Sexual Recovery Institute, call (866) 819-7849 or visit The Ranch, Promises Treatment Centers and The Sexual Recovery Institute are part of Promises Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes The Recovery Place, Spirit Lodge and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the client but for the entire family system. For more information about Promises Behavioral Health, visit

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