Mask In the Mirror

Practical, Proven Advice to Achieve Emotional Sobriety - by Allan J. Katz, M.S.,

Every person is born with an innate need for connection.  As infants we find solace in the arms of our mothers and as we grow we feel a part of our family when we are hugged and made to feel a valued member of our family.

When neglect, abandonment, abuse or trauma separate children from their family unit, physically, sexually or emotionally, children learn quickly to find someone or some thing they can connect with in order to feel safe and secure.  Some children turn to join gangs or use drugs because they finally feel accepted as a member of this new group.  Others turn to alcohol, sex, work, food or gambling to numb the agony of abandonment and low self esteem.

To cope with the outside world in the midst of inner turmoil, the addict resorts to compartmentalizing his life; wearing a mask in public to cover up his inner shame and guilt.  When he returns to his "accepted group" of choice he looks in the mirror and convinces himself that he has now transformed himself into a new person behind the mask.  His mask becomes his identity.


Allan J. Katz, M.S., CRC Certified Rehabilitation Counselor,  Associate Sex Addiction Therapist  901-359-8299

For several years now, I have had the privilege of helping hundreds of Jewish addicts get and stay sober due to my association with This book is a compilation of letters, poems, essays and practical advice which I have shared in personal correspondence, group sessions and in person with people suffering with addictions. It is my hope that you, the reader will discover practical ways to stay sober and achieve serenity and in the process be able to help others.

  • Synopsis: Chizuk for Reaching Emotional Sobriety
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  • Author: Allan J. Katz, M.S., CRC