L.A. Weekly’s ‘People 2013’ List of Most Interesting Angelenos Includes Sex and Tech Addiction Expert Robert Weiss of Elements Behavioral Health
Every year, L.A. Weekly chronicles the city’s most fascinating natives. Gracing this year’s list is internationally renowned sex and technology addiction expert, author, clinician and presenter Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S.
Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2013 – L.A. Weekly’s annual roundup of the city’s most prominent and intriguing people was just released and this year, Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute and Senior Vice President of Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health, joins the ranks of L.A.’s finest. Weiss is featured alongside a diverse group of 55 other Angelenos, from celebrities, athletes and comedians to chefs, artists and business executives.
The L.A. Weekly feature describes Weiss’ journey into the field of sex addiction treatment, including his training with leading authority Dr. Patrick Carnes. It also examines the evolution of sex and intimacy disorders and their treatment following the advent of the Internet and again in conjunction with the changing dialogue about gay marriage. Accompanying the article is a photograph of Weiss taken on the patio of the world-renowned Promises Malibu addiction treatment center.
“It’s an honor to be included on L.A. Weekly’s list alongside such talented and forward-thinking Angelenos,” said Weiss. “I am grateful for the opportunity to bring attention to the very real problem of sex addiction and to let readers know that help is available. The fact that I am alive to do the work I do is a testament to the possibilities of recovery.”
The article concludes with highlights of some of Weiss’ professional achievements, writing and clinical work from the past 20 years. After founding the Sexual Recovery Institute in 1995 and authoring several books on sexual disorders and the growing concerns related to Internet technology and sexual behavior, he went on to partner with Elements Behavioral Health as Director of Intimacy and Sexual Disorders Services and is now Senior Vice President of Clinical Development for Elements.
Since 2010, Weiss has developed a number of cutting-edge, highly successful clinical programs for Elements Behavioral Health, including The Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch in Tennessee, a gender-separate clinical program dedicated to men and women who struggle with unhealthy sex, relationship and intimacy disorders, and the Stimulant and Sexual Disorders Program at Promises Malibu, a specialized program for men whose fusion of stimulant and “party” drugs (e.g., meth, cocaine, GHB, ketamine) with compulsive sexual behavior leads to the need for simultaneous treatment for both sex and drugs.
A prolific author, Weiss co-authored Cybersex Exposed: Simple Fantasy or Obsession in 2001 and in 2005 published Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn and Fantasy Obsession in the Internet Age. This year, he issued a complete revision of his first book, Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men. This summer, Weiss’ next book, Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Sex, Intimacy and Relationships, will be released. Weiss is also a weekly blogger for Psychology Today, Psych Central and The Huffington Post.
About Rob Weiss
Mr. 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. A 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.
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 www.recoveryranch.com.
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 www.promises.com.
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 www.sexualrecovery.com.
The Ranch, Promises Treatment Centers and The Sexual Recovery Institute are part of Elements 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 patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.