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Who EXACTLY Is Tiger Woods' Sex Addiction Expert Dr. Patrick Carnes? We've Got Details on the Doc!

Wed, January 20, 2010 1:38pm EDT by Chloe Melas Add first Comment


Tiger Woods is in rehab for sex addiction at the Gentle Path program at Pine Grove in Hattiesburg, MS., and Dr. Carnes is the mastermind behind the treatment center.

Tiger Woods was caught by photogs recently at the Pine Grove Behavioral Center in Hattiesburg, Miss., and while there, Tiger will undergo an intense six-week treatment created by Center director Dr. Patrick Carnes, “the primary architect of Gentle Path treatment programs for the treatment of sexual and addictive disorders.”

We did some digging, and our source, who knows the program and has been to the facility, gave us some info on who Dr. Carnes is and what makes him such an expert in this field.

  • Dr. Carnes is a recovered sex addict: “Dr. Carnes has been recovered for several years. He is probably the most researched person when it comes to sexual addictions,” says our source.
  • His daughter works at Pine Grove: “His daughter is married and works at Pine Grove. She works with all of the different programs including drug and alcohol addiction.”
  • Dr. Carnes is an author and a speaker on sexual addiction: He has written several books like: Facing the shadow, The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict, and Don’t Call it Love: Recovery From Sexual Addiction. “I’ve heard him speak and he was a very good speaker,” says our source. “He knows what he is talking about.”
  • He doesn’t live in Mississippi: “I know he lives in Phoenix, Az., he travels back and forth to Hattiesburg.”
  • Dr. Carnes has an impressive educational background: He graduated in 1966 with a B.A. from St. Johns University, and he received his Master’s from Brown University in 1969. He later went back to school to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1980.”
  • He has won several awards: Dr. Carnes received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, each year SASH gives out a ‘Carnes Award’ to other people in the field of sexual addiction. In 2000 Dr. Carnes was awarded Counselor of the Year

Even with a top specialist helping Tiger work through his addictions the question remains — will it work? “Dr. Carnes can lead the horse to water but can’t make them drink,” says our source. “The person is the key to recovery — the program is the process.”– Chloe Melas

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