What is Sex Addiction?
When people hear the words, “Sex Addiction”, they often picture someone who likes a lot of sex (a “nympho” or a “womanizer”) which doesn’t really describe the problem.
Sex addiction is not how often you have sex… it’s about why you have sex.
- Sex Addiction, also known as compulsive sexual behavior or hypersexual disorder, affects approximately 3-6% of the country and occurs more often in men than women. However, women may under report symptoms and may present with behaviors that focus more on love and attachment.The driving force behind sex addiction is an individual’s inability to regulate their own negative feeling states so that they end up acting out sexually to distract/cope/escape from their inner difficulties. The end result is problems with interpersonal relationships, difficulties with intimacy and an inability to tolerate closeness.
- Sex Addicts may present with different primary symptoms including:
- Impulsivity (these people may also abuse pills/drugs/alcohol or may have other addictions)
- Obsessional Thinking – (these people may have difficulties with fantasies and obsessing over things)
- Trauma (these people have traumatic histories that are unresolved and play out in their adult lives)
- Co-Morbidity (research has shown the presentation of other disorders is common with sex addiction including: ADHD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Eating Disorders, etc.. An individual may have one or more of these primary symptoms or all of these symptoms. The treatment of sex addiction is multi-dimensional and may incorporate individual therapy, group therapy, 12 step work, cognitive behavioral therapy, spiritual therapy, medication management and a medical and psychological assessment.
- Sex Addiction can cause you to lose your job, lose your marriage or lose your freedom. It’s a very difficult disease to treat because the concept of sex is all around us. The best treatment regimen is a specialized team of experts that assist the individual in changing their lifestyle, developing coping skills and improving self control.
- From developing a timeline, to a circle plan, to disclosures to medications, each person has their own customized evidence based treatment plan.
Sex addiction can make people feel like they have completely lost control of their lives. Acting on extreme sexual compulsions often puts the individual’s health at risk and makes it difficult to build strong relationships with partners. The Control Center uses personalized sex addiction treatment plans to address sex addiction and related issues so you can take back control of your life.
Treating Sex Addiction at the Control Center
Sex addiction is often accompanied by other mental health issues that can make it difficult for people to remain in control of their actions. The Control Center’s sex addiction treatments addresses any possible underlying mental health issues such as:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive Thoughts
A Plan to Defeat Sex Addiction
Since sex addiction often occurs with other mental health issues, it is important to employ a personalized sex addiction treatment plan that addresses each individual’s unique needs. The Control Center’s professionals might include the following approaches in your plan:
- Developing healthy coping skills so that unwanted emotions do not lead to impulsive behaviors
- Improving self control through a series of exercises that put you in command of your actions
- Changing your lifestyle to avoid situations and possible triggers that may lead to compulsive sexual behavior
Therapy Options for Sex Addiction
The Control Center uses a variety of traditional and alternative therapies in sex addiction treatment plans. This helps address the issues that sex addicts commonly face and allows them to build the skills they need to make choices instead of acting impulsively. Some therapies used to treat sex addiction at the Control Center include:
- Individual therapy to explore your unique triggers and develop a personalized treatment plan
- Group therapy to learn from the experiences of others
- Family and Couples therapy that helps strengthen relationships and fix any damage caused by sex addiction
- Medication management
- Spiritual therapy that involves meditation, yoga, creative visualization, and breathing exercises
If you feel that you have lost control of your life, then contact the Control Center to learn more about how a personalized sex addiction treatment plan could benefit you.