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It is important to start by saying there is no shame in having a sex addiction. Many people hide their addiction from families and loved ones for years for fear of being exiled or ignored by their families. It is important to understand that this is a real condition and it has real treatment options that can help you overcome your sexual addiction. It can be difficult for people even to understand or identify that they have a sexual addiction because people think that sex is a normal part of life — and it is; but when sex is taken to an extreme, like anything else in life, it can become a real problem for people.
What are the Causes of Sexual Addiction?
There are many different reasons why people turn to sex to help themselves feel better. While there are a number of studies being conducted about the causes of sex addiction, many people find their way to treatment programs because the need for having sex is getting in the way of their everyday lives. While in treatment, people often discover that there are a number of factors at play in their addiction, including past traumas or incidents that caused them to develop low self-esteem, they are trying to make up for past behaviors, or they have been victims of sexual abuse in their lives. There are also a number of people who have impulse disorders and are not able to control their own actions. The reasons for sexual addiction are very personal to people, and it can be difficult for people to talk about. It makes seeking treatment all the more important, and the understanding and non-judgemental atmosphere at Resurgence Behavioral Health can help you get to the root of your sexual addiction and help you overcome it so you can get on with your life in a healthier way.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Addiction?
If you are unsure if your sexual behavior is actually an addiction, it is important to ask yourself a series of questions to help you to start to identify your potential addiction. Questions such as:
- Do you seek multiple sexual partners in a short period of time?
- Do you seek out sex or sexually related materials on the internet regularly?
- Do you practice unsafe sex frequently?
- Do you have frequent one-time sexual partners?
- Do you have feelings of shame or guilt after a sexual encounter?
- Do you solicit prostitutes to satisfy your sexual urges?
- Do you engage in extreme sexual acts including sex in public places?
- Have you made attempts to try to control your behavior in the past?
- Has your sexual behavior gotten you into trouble with co-workers, friends, and family?
There are also a number of conditions that are related to sex addictions that can arise when people who suffer from sexual addiction are not able to satisfy their addiction, such as sexual rage disorder, anxiety, depression, and violence.
What are the Treatment Options Available for Sexual Addiction?
When it comes to treating sexual addiction, the first step is talking to a professional addiction counselor at Resurgence Behavioral Health. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you determine a treatment plan that is right for you and your needs. This may include individual therapy, group therapy, counseling, family therapy, medications, healthy eating routines, exercise, and more.
Treatment plans focus on increasing self-esteem, treating external factors such as anxiety and depression, and helping people get to the source of their addiction. People may need help sorting out family or relationship issues that have come about because of their addiction, and the issues of compulsion are focused on with medications or therapies. Such therapies include resisting the urge to engage in sexual behaviors, reduce encounters that are not part of regular everyday life, increase sexual health education and awareness, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
What Medications are Used to Help Treat Sexual Addiction?
In some cases, medical professionals may opt to treat aspects of sexual addiction with medication. These medications are often prescribed to help manage anxiety or depression associated with sex addiction, but also, some of the compulsion and feelings of compulsion can be controlled with medication. There are a number of medicines that can be used to treat these compulsions and help reduce the frequency and intensity of the urges, including Prozac. Prozac is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor that acts on neurotransmitters to contribute to reducing urges, panic disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorders.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and How Can it Help With Sexual Addiction?
One effective treatment option for sex addiction is cognitive behavioral therapy. This works by helping people to change the focus of their thoughts to align with a new way of thinking. There are a number of tools and techniques that are available to help achieve this new alignment, but the programs are effective in helping people move past their addiction by focusing on other things. Cognitive Behavior Therapy can also help people reduce the risk of relapse once they have completed treatment at Resurgence Behavioral Health because it gives people the power to tune into their own minds and make conscious decisions for themselves. By working to identify a number of situations in which someone might fail to resist the sexual urges they feel, they can move away from those situations by using behavior therapy learned in treatment.
Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Options
Resurgence Behavioral Health offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment options for sexual addiction. While our inpatient programs provide round the clock care and access to medical professionals, the outpatient programs are better suited for people who cannot limit their access to their lives, work, or families for a longer period of time. However, it is essential for treatment success that people be willing to take the medical advice of our staff to ensure success in their treatment efforts. A combination of inpatient and outpatient stays might be recommended based on your situation and level of addiction.
One of the hardest parts of dealing with sexual addiction is trying to abstain from sex during treatment, so a residential inpatient program might be best if your home or work life might interfere with your treatment plan. By surrounding yourself with people who are also trying to kick their addictions, you may find yourself becoming more motivated to work harder at your own treatment plan. Group therapies and sessions can help you understand more about your sexual addiction and help you come to terms with your own issues so you can move forward in a more healthy way.
If it is recommended that you participate in an outpatient treatment program, you can expect to receive a high quality of care on a regular schedule, but you can continue to live your day-to-day life while receiving treatment for your sexual addiction.
Finding the Right Sex Addiction Treatment Center for You
Not all treatment centers are created equal, and it’s important to work with a treatment and rehab center that offers treatment options for sexual addiction. Treating sexual addiction is different than treating drug or alcohol addiction and the experienced staff at Resurgence Behavioral Health have helped numerous people overcome their sex addictions and go on to lead healthier lives. You should be prepared to commit yourself to a treatment program and be ready to continue with ongoing care after your program has been completed in order to maximize your treatment results. Resurgence can help you decide on a treatment plan and aftercare plan that is right for you and your sexual addiction. Contact us today.
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