Sex Addiction

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Sex addiction is one of the mental disorders that only those who have dealt with it can relate to, in terms of the trauma and stigma attached. Contrary to what most believe, sex addiction isn’t about sex alone, but rather about power and control and acting out of emotional wounding.

Therefore, the issue demands a level of expertise that addicts can’t find very often. We at Transcend would like you to know that sex addiction treatment and therapy is more than just a dream, and we believe that no one is beyond help. If you’re seeking help with sex addiction issues, please contact Transcend Recovery Community and see how we can assist you.

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What Is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction is a mental health condition and addictive behavior involving sexual compulsion. It's one of the behavioral addictions that show increased sexual activity with sex partners than usual. Just like other addictions, this hypersexual disorder may have negative consequences such as emotional pain for family members, strained personal relationships, and lower quality of daily life.

While having a high libido, multiple sexual partners, and varied sexual experience or sexual activities does not necessarily equate to sex addiction, individuals suffering from sex addiction tend to have a hard time managing their behavior thereby leading to abnormal sexual acts, such as excessive masturbation, and obscene sexual gratification.

It may even be amplified if they have a co-occurring disorder, such as substance abuse/drug abuse and other mental health issues. To fully ascertain their condition, individuals usually seek treatment by finding mental health professionals specializing in trauma therapy or one-on-one therapy and undergo careful and thorough examination or one-on-one sessions to avoid an erroneous or controversial diagnosis.

Some individuals resort to the first step of recovery by attending support groups like sex addicts anonymous (similar to Alcoholics Anonymous) or seeking recovery resources certified by the American Psychiatric Association, to provide medical advice regarding their overall physical health and mental well-being.

There is still much to be known in addiction research, as a treatment team of specialists uncovers the manual of mental disorders and even the statistical manual of mental illnesses in fully understanding sex addiction at its core.

Does Transcend Offer Sex Addiction Treatment?

Transcend believes in the holistic approach when treating sexual addiction, and understands the difficulties that sex addiction creates for mental health. Thanks to the partnership with our sister company, The Heights Treatment, we offer comprehensive treatment for sexual addictions.

As part of our sex addiction treatment programs, clients have access to a licensed sex addiction therapist trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes. Dr. Carnes is considered a pioneer of sex addiction and founded the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Dr. Carnes also developed the Task Model, which aids clients through an effective sex addiction therapy process. Our program takes advantage of this proven model, which may also involve a diagnostic and statistical manual, so our clients receive the benefit of the best rehabilitation approaches available.

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How Is Sexual Addiction Diagnosed?

Sex addiction is often diagnosed by many elements that manifest as distinct and quite impossible to control behaviors. These tendencies often bar an individual from fully functioning at work, school, or in personal life. A strong indication is when sexual preoccupation & activities become the focal point in their life. Co-occurring disorders may often appear and may need a further dual diagnosis for these suffering individuals.

Once identified, individuals suffering from sex addiction may need to undergo treatment programs and therapy, such as eye movement desensitization and other behavioral therapies to help them work through their current affliction.

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What Causes Compulsive Sexual Behavior?

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While individual experiences certainly influence the development of sexual addiction, there are several areas believed to heavily influence the manifestation of these compulsive behaviors. One concept used to explain possible causes of addiction is the Biopsychosocial model, meaning there are biological, psychological, and social factors at play.

Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and poor impulse control, are commonly found in sex addicts. Individuals who have experienced sexual trauma or emotional abuse are also more at risk of developing abnormal views on sex.

Sometimes, compulsive sexual behavior or sexual urges can be made worse with drug addiction, or co-occurring disorders, like bipolar disorder, alcohol addiction, and other forms of behavioral addiction.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sex Addiction?

As is the case with any process addiction, there are some common signs and symptoms that can be found in sex addiction. If you can identify any of the below sex addict indicators, it may be time to discuss your situation with us:

You tend to have obsessive sexual thoughts that lead to sexual compulsions or sexual impulses.

Whenever you encounter problems in life, such as depression or stress, you cope by engaging in compulsive sexual behaviors.

The intense and recurring sexual fantasies and urges with multiple partners that you have are spilling into other areas of your life. Currently, you spend more time than you’d like to engage in these behaviors, and much of your time is allocated to them.

Regardless of severe consequences (i.e. job loss, STDs, legal issues, etc., you still cannot stop the behavior.

What Are the Treatments for Sex Addicts?

Transcend’s inclusive sex addiction program uses various practices to mitigate the overwhelming addiction at hand. Healing begins by identifying the cycle of destructive behavior and the underlying issues of a sex addict. As these behavioral problems are often unconstructive coping mechanisms, we guide clients to better understand the thought processes behind these behaviors. With this information, we then utilize proven therapy methods to help our clients toward their goals.

Our most effective and typically used treatment methods consist of:

• Group Therapy

• Dialectical Behavior Therapy

• Interpersonal Therapy

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Transcend is grounded in the principles of community and support as fundamental parts of a person’s addiction recovery. We aim to reinforce this philosophy throughout the treatment process. As we assist our clients in dealing with internal struggles, we welcome additional encouragement and support from family and friends.

Is There Sex Addiction Treatment Near Me?

While one may feel hopeless living with sex addiction, help is readily available for those seeking it. Transcend offers comprehensive sex addiction therapy at our centers in Houston and Los Angeles. Our top-tier program is designed to support you in leading the healthy life that you deserve. If you or a loved one are suffering from sex addiction, we encourage you to call us to discuss how we can help.

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