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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Manhattan Center
75 Varick St.
New York, NY 10013

Sex and Recovery

With Michael Genovese, M.D., J.D., and Jennifer Matesa

3 CEs

If we understand addiction as a developmental disorder, then it becomes clear that the appearance of substance use disorder is often intimately connected with disordered sexual development. However, sexuality is not commonly addressed either in treatment or in the many fellowships that exist to help support recovery. In addition, our society readily engages, for example, in discussions of teenage porn-use as an “addictive” behavior in and of itself, but what’s less often discussed is the idea that teen porn-use—and its ancillary behaviors, including teen sex without intimacy, abuse of women, and substance use—emerge from sex-negative attitudes fostered by a society that is in and of itself addictive.

These addictive, sex-negative attitudes include control; superficiality in relationships (Tinder, Grindr, hookup culture); lack of appropriate boundaries; avoidance of direct communication about sexuality, especially with young people; and craving for release. In addition, studies show upwards of half of women and one in five or six men who enter recovery for addiction have experienced sexual trauma, including childhood sexual abuse, and reports of sexual abuse are generally considered to be low. Because the culture at large discourages us both from exploring our direct experience with sexuality and from educating young people (or even adults) about sex and sexuality, when individuals enter recovery they lack the language to open discussion about this pivotal aspect of their histories. And clinicians, coming from that same culture, may also lack language or awareness that this subject is so critical.

In order to conduct holistic healing of addiction, then, it’s imperative that we learn to talk reasonably about sex in recovery.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • How sexual trauma and even normal adolescence affect the brain in ways that make substance abuse look like a reasonable response
  • How different drugs of abuse affect human sexual response and the treatment involved regarding substance dependence
  • The different ways sexual response re-emerges during recovery
  • How to distinguish the neurobiological and psychological differences between organic pleasurable sexual response and compulsive pleasure-seeking
  • How to recognize their own discomforts about sexual dialogue 
  • How to develop language for their own sexual experiences
  • Why it is important for human beings, and especially those in recovery, to be able to speak openly about sexuality

Michael-GenoveseMichael Genovese, M.D., J.D., is the chief medical officer of Sierra Tucson, a world leader in integrative health. He is an assist ant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona, a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. Before joining Sierra Tucson, Dr. Genovese co-founded Long Island Mind and Body (LIMB), a highly successful medical practice that brought state-of-the-art integrative treatments to a growing patient-base in metropolitan New York. While establishing LIMB, he also practiced as an attending physician at nearby Winthrop University Hospital. He was a fellow at the New York University/North Shore University Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, and he completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Before beginning his medical studies, Dr. Genovese earned a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar and the American Bar Association, and he maintains a special counsel relationship with the law firm of Sullivan & Sullivan LLP, in Garden City, New York. He is an advocate for attorneys seeking treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Genovese writes, speaks, teaches, and consults widely in the disciplines of pharmacology, neuromodulation, and pharmacogenomics.

Jennifer-MatesaJennifer Matesa, a seasoned health writer, authors the award-winning blog Guinevere Gets Sober and contributes regularly to Her books include The Recovering Body: Practices to Foster Physical Healing from Addiction, Navel-Gazing: The Days and Nights of a Mother in the Making and Knowing Stephanie. In 2013 she became a fellow of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Jennifer lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

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This event is sponsored with the generous support of


This program has been approved for CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events. If there are any changes in State regulation, this policy will updated accordingly.  
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For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
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