Sex Addiction Therapy
Sex addiction is used to describe a person or behavior that is characterized by an unusually intense sex drive or an obsession with sex. With a sex addiction, sex tends to dominate the person’s thinking which makes it difficult for them to have healthy relationships. Someone with a sex addiction will also seek out sex regardless of negative consequences and engages in distorted thinking usually rationalizing or justifying their behavior. Sex addicts are in the grip of a progressive cycle which usually starts with the individual thinking about sex, doing whatever it takes to get sexual release and then feeling guilty or ashamed afterwards leading them into a more downward spiral.
That is why there is sex addiction therapy. Sex addiction therapy begins with the sex addict admitting that they have a problem. In order for a person to benefit from sex addiction therapy they must accept and admit that they have an issue with sex. Usually this takes a significant event such as losing job, losing a marriage, an arrest, or health crisis. These kinds of events may help a sex addict to seek out sex addiction therapy.
Sex addiction therapy focuses mainly on controlling the addictive behavior. Sex addiction therapy helps the individual develop a healthy sexuality. This can be tricky because thinking about sex and a little bit of obsession about sex can be somewhat normal. In fact the act of having sex itself is a part of human nature so it can be hard for sex addicts to determine what is healthy and what is not. Sex addiction therapy therefore tries to help the sex addict learn and determine what healthy sexuality is and what it isn’t.
Sex addiction therapy includes multiple different approaches that include every aspect of the addicts’ life. Sex addiction therapies such as healthy sexuality, individual counseling, marital and/or family therapy. A lot of the times as a part of sex addiction therapy it is recommended that the sex addict attend 12 step meetings specifically for those with a sex addiction. These 12 step groups are known as Sex Addicts Anonymous or SA. These are available all over the country just as AA groups are.
The difference with sex addiction therapy and drug therapy is that sex addiction therapy is not trying to achieve the goal of long term abstinence from sex like drug therapy would want abstinence from drugs. Actually sex addiction therapy’s goal is to get rid of the compulsive and unhealthy sexual behavior. Understanding emotional cues and circumstances that trigger sexual thought and sexual behavior is a part of that. Sex addiction therapy will also work on the issue of facing the guilt, shame and depression that is so common in sex addicts. Working through these emotional consequences of having a sex addiction is a big step towards recovery.
Sex addiction therapy may also in some cases use medication to treat depression or the obsessive and compulsive disorder associated with it. Medications such as Prozac and Anafranil. In most cases if medication is recommended it is in accordance with other methods of sex addiction therapy.