Sex Addiction Treatment At Center For Addiction Recovery

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How we Treat Sex Addiction

Sex Addiction TreatmentSex addiction, just like substance abuse and alcoholism, is a chronic condition requiring sustained intervention and treatment. In the treatment of sex addiction, A Center for Addiction Recovery offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Recommendations for admission to either program are based upon the client's physical and clinical examination. This assessment will determine if the client has any history of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, as well as neglect. Also, the client is screened for substance abuse and addiction. If a history of physical and emotional abuse is identified the client will have trauma resolution therapy incorporated into their individualized treatment plan. For clients struggling with a substance abuse addiction, treatment program will be implemented accordingly in order to treat both issues.

Sex addiction is treated by cognitive behavioral therapy (focus on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors) and includes education about healthy sexuality, individual, group, and family counseling. In some cases drugs such as Prozac or Anafranil may be used to curb cravings. Our counselors, with the help of modern treatment techniques, address the underlying causes of sex addiction, providing individuals with the tools needed to remain focused and recover. To ensure a progressive approach to sex addiction treatment, our counselors are prepared to address different topics in recovery by using different kinds of interventions and therapies. The goal is to hold the client to a different level of responsibility as they work towards healing, repairing and balancing their new lives.

The majority of clients admitted into treatment for sex/sexual addiction have gotten here because a loved one has pressured them to get professional help. Whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, you are probably looking for information about sex/sexual addiction treatment, and the different types of programs available. Below is a list of available traditional and holistic therapies offered at A Center for Addiction Recovery.

  • Individualized Treatment Plans
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Trauma Therapy - Rapid Trauma Resolution
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Self-help support groups, such as Gamblers Anonymous (12-step program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous)
  • Spiritual Tools and Principles
  • Conscious Living Skills
  • Discharge Planning
  • Chiropractic Care*
  • Massage Therapy*
  • Art Therapy*
  • Personal Trainer*
  • Yoga*
  • Meditation and Mindfulness*
  • On-Campus Recreational Activities*
  • Meals Prepared Daily by Gourmet Chef*

*Alternative Therapies and on-campus meals are offered as per client's treatment plan. Clients admitted to Outpatient Services may have a different treatment focus than residential clients who are residing with us 24/7.

Understanding Sex Addiction

Understanding Sex AddictionSex addiction is a serious disease that can negatively affect several aspects of a person's life, such as intimate relationships, holding a career or job, health problems (like the spread of STDs) and even have long lasting psychological implications such as low self-esteem, low self-worth, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Sex addiction is defined by a person's inability to control their actions or thoughts that pertain to sexual activity (often compulsive and unwanted), such as masturbating, having sex with multiple partners, thinking about sex all day long, and having the urge to have sex in order to be satisfied with one's sense of self or status.

It is crucial not to underestimate sex addiction, or embarrass someone who is struggling with sex addiction, as it can lead to shame, fear of seeking treatment, and even lead to suicide.

It is hard to know who is suffering from sex addiction because it is often kept secret. The basis for the abnormal sexual behaviors is often traced to childhood and like other addictions it usually serves as a distraction from the pain of a memory. As a result of the social stigma attached to sexual "deviants," sexually-based addictions are unreported or untreated for fear of humiliation.

Below are a few signs of a sex addiction:

  1. Having sex with multiple partners, even if there is no emotional value in it. This includes sexual activity with prostitutes, anonymous partners, or sex orgies.
  2. Participating in sexual activity that is against one's morals or values, such as with a minor.
  3. Practicing masochistic or sadistic sexual activity
  4. Getting away from emotional attachment in a sexually active relationship, such as leaving immediately after sex
  5. Using euphoric recall while being sexual
  6. Committing exhibitionism (public exposure of genitalia)
  7. Frequent use of pornographic material like internet porn or magazines
  8. Masturbation in excess
  9. Using Internet or phone sex services, as well as services from prostitutes