Sex Addiction Expert and Founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute to Speak at Reel Recovery Film Festival in Santa Monica

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On October 29, 2012, at 9 p.m., Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, will lead a panel discussion about sexual addiction/compulsivity in conjunction with the screening of the movie Shame at the Reel Recovery Film Festival in Santa Monica.

I look forward to using this film as a springboard for a discussion of sex, relationship and pornography addictions with viewers at the Reel Recovery Film Festival.

On October 29, 2012, at 9 p.m., Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute and Director of Intimacy and Sexual Disorders Services at both The Ranch in Tennessee and Promises Treatment Centers in California, will join Stephen Jay Schwartz, author of Boulevard and Beat, for a discussion about sex, relationship and pornography addictions. The panel discussion will follow a free screening of the movie Shame, presented by the Reel Recovery Film Festival, at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex in Santa Monica.

Released in 2011 by British director Steve McQueen, Shame is a powerful drama that takes place in New York City, where 30-something businessman Brandon (Michael Fassbender) must come to terms with a sexual addiction that drives him to constantly seduce women, compulsively masturbate at home and in the office, and search for sex on the Internet. Shame won the Firpresci Award at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

“As a therapist, I give Shame two thumbs up,” said Mr. Weiss. “It sheds light on how attractive, intelligent, attachment disordered adults who, having grown up with immense trauma, can end up ruining their lives. I look forward to using this film as a springboard for a discussion of sex, relationship and pornography addictions with viewers at the Reel Recovery Film Festival, and hopefully giving a name to the struggles of those who may recognize themselves in these characters and helping them find their way into treatment.”

To learn more about this free event, visit the Reel Recovery Film Festival website or call (818) 762-0461. To learn more about Mr. Weiss’ other speaking engagements, visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page or contact Jeanette Lisalda at (866) 825-1104 or jlisalda (at) theelements (dot) com.

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

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 the drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 25 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, call (877) 351-7506 or visit

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

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, San Cristobal 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

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