Sex addiction, also known as an intimacy disorder. This means that sufferers cannot maintain a healthy intimate relationship with another person. This is often a symptom of underlying anxiety, depression, as well as low-self worth. Sex addiction is commonly co-occurring with drug or alcohol addiction.
Programmes can run for as long as you need, your recovery specialist will assess you to see how long you need to stay in rehab.
Addicts of sex are constantly thinking about sex. There is a fine line between just having too much sex to sex addiction. The difference lies in the inability to control the impulse to have sex with strangers. Sex addiction is a kind of impulse control disorder, this in itself is known as a behavioural disorder, sufferers of sex addiction compulsively meet strangers for casual sex, even when putting themselves in risky situations such as STDs, pregnancy and a breakdown of the marriage. Studies show us that around 7% of men, as well s 4% of women will suffer from sex addiction in their lifetime.
Symptoms of a sex addict
- An addiction to masturbation
- Brief, unstable relationships
- Compulsively having unsafe sex
- Misuse of substances
- Inability to sleep
- Paying for sex (prostitution)
- Having a lot of one night stands
- Avoiding genuine and healthy intimate relationships
- Addiction to sex chat lines
- Sexual rage disorder, when unable to obtain sex
Rehabilitation for sex and love addiction
Thankfully with the right application of therapy, you can work through your problems and treat sex addiction effectively. When any patients enter rehabilitation for sex addiction, they will undergo a full psychiatric evaluation. This can determine whether the cause of the problem is rooted in anxiety and depression. This is often linked to any other addictive traits for example substance abuse problems. Rehabilitation then begins, with a very well structured programme addressing the psychological roots of sex addiction.
We break apart past experiences to find the underlying trauma that could have created the potential for an addiction like this to develop during one on one therapy time. These issues can be discussed with group therapy. People can have a hard time discussing these intimate issues, which is why group therapy is a great and supportive environment for this to happen.
You will also be prepared with coping mechanisms to ensure that you are able to continue your sobriety following the programme.
To help, you will be enrolled in the aftercare programme which is focussed on supporting you past the rehab, this continued support is vital to maintain the constitution necessary to continue a life of clarity and sobriety.