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Dr. Patrick Carnes

Patrick J. Carnes, PhD, is the founder of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and Gentle Path Press. His extensive background in the field of addiction therapy led Dr. Carnes to develop multiple cutting-edge recovery programs aimed at treating addictive disorders. He serves as executive director of the Gentle Path Program, a residential treatment program for sexual addiction in Wickenburg, Arizona.

With more than 30 years in the sexual addiction treatment field, Dr. Carnes continues to spread his extensive knowledge as a speaker, presenter and interview subject. His assessment tools and related materials deliver an unprecedented approach to addiction recovery for practitioners of addiction treatment and sexual addicts.


In 1966, Dr. Carnes graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He earned his Master's in 1969 from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and a PhD in counselor education and organizational development from the University of Minnesota in 1980.

His achievements include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), where they now award an annual "Carnes Award" to researchers and clinicians who have made exceptional contributions to the field of sexual health.

Dr. Carnes has published numerous pieces of literature, including:


Dr. Carnes' most recent book, Recovery Zone, Volume 1 (2010), is an extension of his revolutionary thirty task model for recovery.

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