Sex Addiction Treatment

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Sex Addiction Treatment: Diagnosis

There are many ways to get a diagnosis of sex addiction. A trained therapist or doctor can complete an assessment of you to determine whether you have this disorder. The results may be used for your own use and should be kept private.

A few questions you can ask yourself when trying to figure out if you have a problem with sex include:

  • Are there times when I find myself feeling guilty about the amount of time I spend on sexual activities?
  • Do I avoid talking about my sexual activities with others because it makes me uncomfortable?
  • Am I putting other aspects of my life aside so that I can focus on my sexual behaviors?

Sex Addiction Treatment

Treatment for sex addiction can be either individual or group therapy. Treatment can also be residential or outpatient, which means receiving treatment at a clinic or program outside of your home. Residential treatment is more intensive than outpatient care and includes 24/7 supervision.

The duration of sex addiction treatment depends on the needs of each individual client. Some people may require short-term treatment (less than four weeks), while others may need long-term care (more than four weeks). Inpatient treatment is when clients live in a facility for their rehabilitation; non-residential programs offer clients continuing care after they leave the institution so that they can continue to work on their recovery at home, such as attending 12-step meetings and living with other recovering addicts in sober living houses

Self-help

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to sex, it’s important to find support. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Look for a therapist, counsellor or sponsor. These professionals can offer guidance and help you understand what’s going on inside of your head. They can also help set boundaries and make sure that your life does not fall apart in the process of getting sober from sex addiction.
  • See if there are any support groups in your area that meet regularly—these groups are often free and helpful for people trying to stay sober from any type of addiction because they provide support from others who have been through similar experiences as well as advice on how to deal with temptation when it arises (which will happen).
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Medications

Medications are not the first line of treatment for sex addiction. At Leigh Joy & Associates, we do not use medications to treat sex addiction because they are not a cure and may only be used in conjunction with other therapies. Medications have been shown to help some people with withdrawal symptoms, but they should never be used as a substitute for therapy.

Prevention

Prevention of addiction is a key aspect of treatment. This starts with avoiding high-risk situations that could lead to sex addiction, such as:

  • People who encourage the behaviour (such as friends or family members)
  • Places where it’s easy to find sex (such as bars, strip clubs, massage parlors)

Avoiding triggers can also prevent compulsive sexual activity. These include:

  • Images or materials that trigger cravings (for example, pornography)
  • Certain people who make you feel pressured into having sex after only knowing them briefly.

You can get treatment for sex addiction.

You can get help for sex addiction.

Whether you’re struggling with compulsive sexual behavior, or you’re concerned about someone who is, there are several treatment options available to you. Whether you’d like to receive outpatient treatment at an addiction rehab centre, or are more comfortable in a residential treatment setting—like an inpatient program at an all-inclusive facility—finding the best option for your needs is important.

There are also options available if group therapy isn’t your thing. You may find it easier to open up and share your story when working one-on-one with a therapist rather than being surrounded by others in recovery at the same time as yourself.

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