This is a thoughtful and generous book. Sherry Gaba's honest and insightful examination of the negative patterns in her own life offers hope to readers that they can escape the negative patterns in theirs.
Ethlie Ann Vare Author of Love Addict: Sex, Romance and Other Dangerous Drugs January 29, 2018
Sherry Gaba is a gifted recovery personality who so generously and candidly shares from her own experience in this latest book. As both a professional and as someone who has struggled with many of the issues highlighted in the book, I trust Sherry's voice on these delicate subjects very much. The book, if approached with an open mind and open heart, will help you to do your own work and to grow in your healing and recovery.
Jamie Marich, PhD Clinician, Trainer, Author of Trauma and the Twelve Steps; Trauma Made Simple; Dancing Mindfulness; EMDR Made Simple; EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care January 29, 2018
Full of warmth and wisdom, psychotherapist Sherry Gaba's new book, is a valuable resource for anyone who is constantly looking for the perfect relationship. She offers practical advice for breaking the cycle of relationship addiction and shows readers how to build inner security and peace of mind.
Beverly Conyers Author of The Recovering Heart; Everything Changes; Addict in the Family January 29, 2018
If you're ready to transform your love life, you need to read this book! With equal parts honesty and empowerment, Sherry Gaba shines a light on our addictive behavior in relationships. Best of all, she teaches us how to create the changes we want to make.
Lisa Sue Woititz Author of Unwelcome Inheritance: Break Your Family's Cycle of Unhealthy Behaviors January 29, 2018
Sherry Gaba's new book is an important read for the relationship junkie.
Do you find yourself obsessing over a love interest or repeatedly experiencing extreme, frequent ups and downs in your marriage, marriages or relationships? By sharing personal and client experiences, Sherry helps readers understand marriage and relationship addiction and its root causes. She then provides a series of exercises to help readers determine the nature of their relationship obsessions, as well as steps and suggestions for creating the space in which they can heal and finally stop the vicious cycle.
Lisa Frederiksen Author, speaker, trainer, consultant Founder of BreakingTheCycles.com and SHDPrevention.com January 29, 2018
Love Smacked: How to Stop the Cycle of Relationship Addiction and Codependency to Find Everlasting Love introduces the new concept of love and marriage addiction. Written with compassion, Sherry Gaba's style is engaging and easy to read. She describes the cycle of pain that relationship addicts suffer, which she herself experienced. The book delves into the causes and offers healing solutions.
Darlene Lancer Author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency January 29, 2018
This book is a must-read for anyone struggling with relationship issues, or for anyone who wants a great education on relationship dysfunctions. Sherry does a great job painting a clear picture of relationship dysfunction and gives the reader practical suggestions to deal with their issues. Anyone who reads this book will benefit tremendously!
Rosemary O'Connor Certified life and addiction coach, Author of A Sober Mom's Guide to Recovery January 29, 2018
Certified life and addiction coach Author of A Sober Mom's Guide to Recovery
Many confuse obsession and care-taking with true love. In Love Smacked: How to Stop the Cycle of Relationship Addiction and Codependency to Find Everlasting Love, Sherry Gaba does an excellent job of pointing out how they are different. She invites the reader to not only stop and look at their behavior patterns, but guides the reader through the tangles of pseudo-relationships to find an intimate relationship with heart.
Brenda Schaeffer Author of Is It Love or Is It Addiction? January 29, 2018
We create relationships in our lives to fully study and express the issues within ourselves that need to be addressed. In Sherry Gaba's new book, she explores this truth and leads you to discover what you need to address personally, as opposed to what is wrong with them. In the final analysis, most couples come together to explore the same issues from different perspectives. When they both can be objective enough to realize this, real change can be experienced.
Dee Wallace Channel Author, actress, speaker January 29, 2018
Sherry Gaba has written a powerful and yet easy to read book on the prison of relationship addiction. This books takes the reader through the sources and causes of this type of addiction. Unpeeling the layers not just of one's personal journey of relationships that have been founded in misunderstandings of one's needs, but the historical and inherited designs of relationships, we see that we may have made decisions about what relationships are by watching our grandparents and parents. She gently lets the reader understand that dysfunctional or unwise relationship choices may have come from our background as well as our own actions.
This book is a great addition to the study that any person in recovery could read to help them dig a little deeper into, what for many of us in substance recovery, is a co-occurring disorder. The exercises and affirmations are a great way to do some personal investigation at an emotional level, while the intellectual part of you absorbs the words.
Add this book to your library and read it! You will discover more about your self- damaging and self-denying patterns and learn that. . . it's time to put the focus on you and not the object of your obsession.
Kyczy Hawk Yoga Teacher and Author of Yogic Tools For Recovery and Yoga and the Twelve-Step Path, among others, specializes in teaching yoga in treatment centers and jails, is herself in long-term recovery January 29, 2018