Sex Addiction Treatment

Sex addiction treatment helps stop uncontrollable sexual behaviours that feel secretive, shaming, or abusive.  Experts suggest seeking sex addiction treatment when uncontrollable sexual behaviours cause feelings of distress or despair.  Unfortunately, people struggling with sex addiction tend to ignore or minimise signs of distress before they seek professional help.  And other times the sex addict will try to find ways to justify their behaviours or rationalise the consequences.  Rationalising sex addiction can even resort to blaming others for the addiction.  Justification and rationalisation strategies to avoid getting help are usually a pattern of denial.  Denial can be the biggest obstacle for an addict to stop their behaviour.  Sex addiction treatment is designed to break through denial – creating hope for recovery.

Sex addiction treatment includes individual therapy and group therapy. Both of these treatment strategies involve working with trained professionals. Effective treatment is always focused on stopping painful and troublesome sexual patterns.  Research has shown the process of recovery must be broken down into a series of discreet tasks for sex addiction treatment to be effective.  Professional sex addiction specialists take the guesswork out of this complicated process. First, the client stops uncontrollable sexual behaviours through a step-by-step treatment approach. Effective recovery tasks are straightforward and practical.


The 10 Signs of Sex Addiction

  1. Loss of Control: clear behaviour in which you do more than you want.
  2. Compulsive Behaviour: A pattern of out of control behaviour over time.
  3. Efforts to Stop: Repeated specific attempts to stop the behaviour which fail.
  4. Loss of Time: Significant amounts of time lost doing and/or recovering from the behaviour.
  5. Preoccupation: Obsessing about or because of the behaviour.
  6. Inability to Fulfill Obligations: The behaviour interferes with work, school, family, and friends.
  7. Continuation Despite Consequences: Failure to stop the behaviour even though you have problems because of it (social, legal, financial, physical).
  8. Escalation: Need to make behaviour more intense, more frequent, or more risky.
  9. Losses: Losing, limiting, or sacrificing valued parts of life such as hobbies, family, relationships and work.
  10. Withdrawal: Stopping behaviour causes considerable distress, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, or physical discomfort.


How to assess for sex addiction

A comprehensive assessment period takes place in which a full history of the client is examined. This includes: origin of the sexual problem, points of escalation, current stressors, family issues, past trauma and current health concerns.  Often early childhood trauma, including emotional neglect lies at the root of the problem.  A complete diagnosis is made. Together with the sex addiction therapist, clearly defined sex addiction treatment plans and recovery tasks are chosen.


Treatment tasks for sexual sobriety

As part of this task-oriented approach, a sexual sobriety plan is constructed.  The sexual sobriety plan leads many to experience sexual abstinence for the first time in their lives. By the end of thirty days on this sexual addiction treatment plan, people often report a sense of well-being.  People also feel relief from lying and leading a double life. The outcome of good treatment is a restored sense of dignity and hope for a future free of sexually compulsive behaviours.

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