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overcoming sexual addiction

WHAT IS SEXUAL ADDICTION?

Sexual addiction is characterized by out-of-control (compulsive) sexual behavior with significant consequences.  Sometimes, this can affect academic or occupational opportunities and/or performance, as well as negatively affect relationships. 

                                                                                              

DO I HAVE A SEXUAL ADDICTION?

We try to make sure that treatment needs are assessed fully and that appropriate treatment is provided.  Part of our treatment includes a thorough assessment of problematic sexual behaviors, both past and present, to allow us to identify the individual needs of each client.  This assessment is called the Sexual Dependency Inventory 4.0 and was developed by the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.  This provides a greater chance of acquiring the desired long-term sobriety from an addiction or problematic behaviors and the necessary skills to live a fulfilling life. 



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HOW CAN I OVERCOME MY SEXUAL ADDICTION?

Our treatment is based on the work of Patrick Carnes and the 30-Task model of treating sexual addictions.  This treatment focus is among the best treatment modalities for sexual addiction.  We offer a variety of individualized treatment options. 

ARE ALL TREATMENTS THE SAME?

There are many treatments that exist to treat sexual addictions that have successful outcomes.  Treatment models generally approach helping from an addiction recovery stance, but differ mainly in their focus, whether it be religious or spiritual beliefs, 12-step fellowship concepts, or scientific research.  Most treatment models attempt to include all of these.  We, at Centerpoint Counseling, follow the research of Patrick Carnes and his 30-Task model for addiction recovery, which stems from his research on successful recovered addicts. 



 MANY HAVE SUCCEEDED IN OVERCOMING THEIR ADDICTIONS.       SO CAN YOU.   

What is sexual addiction

a pattern of sexual thoughts and behaviors...

The terms “sexual addiction” or “sex addict” often carry shameful connotations, and if used incorrectly--or too casually--can create “labels” that  perpetuate harmful stereotypes. So, what is and what is not “sexual addiction?”


Sexual addiction is a pattern of sexual thoughts and behaviors that are expressed in a cycle of preoccupation, ritualization, compulsive sexual behavior, and despair (shame), that lead to negative consequences despite a person’s attempt to stop the thoughts or behaviors. 


The following list of behaviors is used to help determine the presence of sexual addiction; 3 or more are needed for a diagnosis of addiction.

 

  • Recurrent failure to resist sexual impulses in order to engage in specific sexual behaviors.
  • Frequently engaging in those behaviors to a greater extent, or over a longer period of time than intended.
  • Persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to stop, reduce, or control those behaviors.
  • Inordinate amounts of time spent in obtaining sex, being sexual, or recovering from sexual experiences.
  • Preoccupation with sexual behavior or preparatory activities.
  • Frequently engaging in the behavior when expected to fulfill occupational, academic, domestic, or social obligations.
  • Continuation of the behavior despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent social, financial, psychological, or physical problem that is caused or exacerbated by the problem.
  • The need to increase the intensity, frequency, number, or risk level of behaviors in order to achieve the desired effect; or diminished effect with continued behaviors at the same level of intensity, frequency, number, or risk.
  • Giving up or limiting social, occupational, or recreational activities because of the behavior.
  • Distress, anxiety, restlessness, or irritability if unable to engage in the behavior.

The desire for sex does not mean sexual addiction. Physical sexual arousal and participating in sexual behavior do not by themselves indicate sexual addiction.

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How can I overcome my sexual addiction?

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overcoming a sexual addiction

In order to best meet the needs of individuals and families seeking treatment, Centerpoint Counseling offers a variety of treatment options for the individual with the addictive or problematic behaviors.  The goal for treatment is not only stopping the addictive or problematic behaviors, but also the restoration of hope for the individual, and those affected by the addiction.  This includes helping all involved restore a healthy sense of sex and their own worth.


Treatment for sexual addiction and many problematic sexual behaviors generally includes relapse prevention, self-awareness, trauma work (when needed), relationship enhancement, and healthy sexuality.  We address all of these issues in our comprehensive and holistic approach to sex addiction treatment.  This holistic approach includes options including individual therapy, group therapy, and/or couples or family therapy.  Our treatment focuses on the culture, religious influences, and sexuality of those we help.