Books & Resources

Asian Shame and Addiction: Suffering in Silence 

Asians are drowning in shame and addictions with no way out. Is this any different from a traditional Westerner? Very much so. Shame and honor are embedded in the Asian way of thinking, behaving, and interacting. If you do not understand the cultural history of honor and shame and its underpinnings, then you will have a hard time understanding the mindset of Asians, let alone the stranglehold of shame that keeps many locked in addictions for fear of being known. Shame is pernicious and if you’re Asian, your desire to honor your self, family, and culture is paramount. But in doing so, many Asians cope their entire lives by hiding in shame and condemnation, never to feel safe enough to share the deepest parts of who they are with others. Deeply afraid to be known. This shame can lead to self-medicating addictions such as gambling, sex, alcoholism, and a host of other compulsive behaviors.

Everyday Clinician to Sex Addiction

The Everyday Clinician’s Guide to Sex Addiction: From Intake to Treatment

(a pdf packet $5.99)

As a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in sex addiction, I recognized the need for more practical materials and information to everyday clinicians who inevitably see them in their own practices and separate specialties.

The Quick Clinician’s Guide to Asian-Americans

(Amazon e-book $4.99)

If you work with Asian-Americans in any capacity, this quick reference guide will give you the basics on Asian-American immigration, demographics, and perpetual issues that impact them which include cultural shame, assimilation, discrimination, and the ethnic, collectivist background which unites them.

Spoken not Broken: Healing through Poetry

A spoken word poetry collection tackling themes of cultural identity, addictions, mental health and spiritual growth.  Sam draws from both his professional experience as a psychotherapist specializing in shame and addictions but also from his own personal journey of recovery.

Race Matters (6 CE’s for LMHC, LMFT, and LCSW)

This online, self-paced course (6 ethics CE’s for licensed mental health counselors, social workers, and marriage & family therapists) will be one of experiential learning where participants will engage in activities as a means to better understand racism, the impact of stereotypes, and awareness of institutional privilege.

Writing for Recovery: Daily Prompts for Reflection, Healing, and Transformation

If you’re in recovery from any addictive or compulsive behavior or substance, you may be missing out on a vital part of healing.  The latest neuroscience has indicated that you can re-wire your brain and past negative thought patterns through active writing.

Writing can be intimidating so this approach is simple: one question/prompt to answer each day for a year.  The questions/prompts will increase your resiliency, self-awareness, and sense of mastery over your addiction.

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