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Breaking Free of the Web: Catholics and Internet Addiction [Paperback]

By Kimberly Young (Author) & Patrice Klausing (Author)
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"It is our hope that this book will offer a foundation, based on fact and faith, which will empower the reader to seek the help he or she needs. We call it a foundation because research has consistently shown that breaking free of addictive patterns or coping with the addiction of a loved one requires additional support, one that involves a network of people including professional counselors and structured groups."-From the Introduction Dr. Kimberly Young and Sister Patrice Klausing have written the ultimate guide for Catholics who seek to break an addiction to the Internet. With their combined clinical and spiritual expertise, the authors present methods of healing that are both therapeutically sound and rooted in faith. Breaking Free of the Web: Catholics and Internet Addiction includes the basic facts, information, how-to-measures and real-life scenarios about real people struggling to kick their Internet addiction, in addition to spiritual exercises and prayers that will guide Internet addicts through the difficult journey to health.

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"It is our hope that this book will offer a foundation, based on fact and faith, which will empower the reader to seek the help he or she needs. We call it a foundation because research has consistently shown that breaking free of addictive patterns or coping with the addiction of a loved one requires additional support, one that involves a network of people including professional counselors and structured groups."--From the Introduction
Are you or a loved one addicted to the Internet? Do you sit for hours and hours in front of a computer screen, surfing the Web at the expense of your mental and emotional health? Are your addictive behaviors jeopardizing your job and putting you and your family at risk? Has your ability to socialize with others diminished? Are you ashamed and concerned about the Web sites you are visiting regularly? Do you want to stop your addictive behavior?
Dr. Kimberly Young and Sister Patrice Klausing want to help you. They've written the ultimate guide for Catholics who seek to break an addiction to the Internet. With their combined clinical and spiritual expertise, the authors present methods of healing that are both therapeutically sound and rooted in faith.
"Breaking Free of the Web: Catholics and Internet Addiction" includes the basic facts, information, how-to-measures and real-life scenarios about real people struggling to kick their Internet addiction, in addition to spiritual exercises and prayers that will guide Internet addicts through the difficult journey to health. Together the authors have created one of the most comprehensive books on Internet addiction available today.

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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Pages   167
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN  0867168048  
ISBN13  9780867168044  


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More About Kimberly Young & Patrice Klausing


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! DR. KIMBERLY YOUNG, PSY.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, is professor of management sciences at St. Bonaventure University. An internationally recognized pioneer in the field of Internet addiction, she is director of the Center for Online Addiction (www.netaddiction.com) and author of the ground breaking books, "Caught in the Net" and "Tangled in the Web"
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PATRICE KLAUSING, O.S.F., is a Bernardine Franciscan Sister who holds an M.A. in religious studies from St. Charles Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania, and an M.S. in pastoral counseling from Loyola College in Maryland. She works as a licensed professional counselor and has ministered as a spiritual director and retreat leader.

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Mediocre  Feb 19, 2008
I did not find this book earth shattering or, in fact, even very helpful. Some of the spiritual meditations are good, however, very little information was helpful or applicable. The information is rehashed, nothing new, virtually no help at all. Waste of time!!
 
Informative and Compassionate  Jan 16, 2008
Author Kimberly Young is a clinical psychologist and internationally known expert in Internet addiction. Her co-author, Patrice Klausing, O.S.F., is a licensed professional counselor. Breaking Free of the Web is their effort to help motivate Internet addicts and their loved ones to seek help. Their approach encompasses factual information, stories from their clinical experience, and spiritual guidance. Highlighted Prayer Connections are especially helpful. These might contain a review of church teaching, questions for reflection, or a relevant Scripture passage, to help readers "discern the voice of the Spirit who brings forth creation from chaos."

The book is organized in two main parts. The first provides information on general and specific additions with a clear explanation of physical (e.g. substance abuse) and process (e.g., gambling) addictions. Part 1 is designed to break through the denial common among addicts and their loved ones. Signs and symptoms of Internet addiction and early steps in dealing with the attending emotional turmoil are covered. Part 2 explores Internet abuse and addiction in relation to couples, parents and children, college students, and those in the world of work.

The content is rich in subheadings and practical guidelines such as stages of the addiction process, steps parents can take when they suspect a child is becoming addicted to the Internet, and risk factors among college students. The conclusion focuses on the healing process with recommendations for seeking professional help and celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This last is especially encouraging as the authors address the question of timing. Referring to a man in the active phase of Internet addiction, Klausing suggests that even though one is not ready to stop, "a celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation can be meaningful--it may even be the agent of change." She then lays out a plan for preparing and making that confession, which includes choosing and locating a confessor.

This extremely informative and compassionate work is suitable for general audiences and those who minister to and council others.
 

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