The Last Addiction: Own Your Desire, Live Beyond Your Recovery, Find Lasting Freedom (Paperback)
In an age of tell-all addiction memoirs and reality television programs, we gulp down the stories of others in the hope that we, too, can be overcomers–even as we continue to love a person, substance, activity, or ideology too much.
As Sharon Hersh writes, “We all suffer from the same condition.” In The Last Addiction, she explores why we are prone to addiction–to make one thing in our lives more central than it should be–and how we can break free of our compulsions.
This is not a book of “self-help” answers or “how-to” steps. It is a book about falling down and getting up again, about realizing that we need more than ourselves to be saved. The truth is, we’re not as bad as we think we are–and we are worse than we ever dreamed. When we live between those two realities, we are ready to let go of the last idol: the belief that we can save ourselves.
The Last Addiction invites you to see your own story more clearly as you better understand your longing for intimacy. It invites you to love boldly and receive love in return. It invites you to the freedom of redemption.
About the Author
Sharon A. Hersh M.A., LPC is a licensed professional counselor, speaker, and author. She has written several books, including the popular Bravehearts: Unlocking the Courage to Love with Abandon. She has written four books in the Hand-in-Hand Parenting series including, Mom, I Feel Fat!, Mom, I Hate my Life!, Mom, Everyone Else Does!, and Mom, Sex is NO Big Deal!. Her most recent book is The Last Addiction: Why Self-Help is Not Enough. She is an adjunct professor in graduate counseling courses, including Sex and Sexuality and Addiction at Colorado Christian University, Mars Hill Graduate School, and Reformed Theological Seminary. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and retreats. Hersh lives in Lone Tree, Colorado.
"The absolute best book I've read on addiction."
–Beth Moore, best-selling author and Bible teacher
“There is a different life beyond addiction. Read this brilliantly crafted, true book. Then, read it again. There’s hope in these pages. A new life, a better life. Take it.”
–Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., C.E.D.S., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc. (www.aplaceofhope.com), and author of 16 books
“Sharon Hersh is a brilliant artist of the heart whose broken story radiates with the mystery of relentless, down and dirty, truth-filled love. It is scandalous to claim, as Sharon does, that an addiction bears a gift for the addict and for all those who care for him. If it is true, and it is, then shame is not our final covering, nor is sorrow our only friend. If you know you struggle with gods that are not your creator, but have created madness, loneliness, and heartache, then the journey of The Last Addiction will bring you face to face with the One whose transforming love is our deepest desire.”
–Dan B. Allender, Ph.D., president and professor of counseling, Mars Hill Graduate School, author of Leading with a Limp and To Be Told
“A must-read for anyone who wants to go beyond addiction into the heart and soul of recovery.”
–William Cope Moyers, author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption
“I love this book because Sharon reveals the most beautiful truth: We’re all addicts. And we all have Hope.”
–Peter Hiett, pastor and author