Do you obsess about sex on a regular basis? Do you spend hours watching pornography or seeking out sexual encounters to satisfy a craving? Have you experienced feelings of guilt or shame from acting on your sexual cravings?
In a world that seems to be so focused on sex, it is sometimes difficult to know when we cross the line into addiction. But the fact is, sex addiction is a very real behavioural disorder that affects many people – and making it virtually impossible for them to sustain healthy, meaningful relationships. The good news is that there is help. Quality treatment is available and you can be freed from your addiction and have a healthy sex life and fulfilling relationships once again.
Sex addiction is a behavioural addiction – also known as a process addiction – characterised by compulsive sexual acts and/or thoughts. Just as with substance addiction, sex addiction is caused by a malfunction in the brain’s reward system. Sex addiction is challenging to combat because unlike substance addiction, sex is not something that can be realistically abstained from, in most cases. Sex addiction can be difficult for individuals to identify in themselves, as natural sexual proclivity varies from person to person. But, the defining feature of sex addiction is the negative consequences associated with the behaviour. Sex addicts suffer many consequences including disruptions to their family, work life and their sense of personal identity. It often causes extreme feelings of guilt and shame, which can lead to depression as well as isolation from others. Sex addiction is a progressive disorder, meaning, over time, it tends to get worse. It is important to seek help to avoid more serious consequences.
There are many types of sex addiction. Sex addicts are most likely to fall into one or more of the following 10 categories:
If left untreated, sex addiction can have many detrimental effects on a person’s life, and can often lead to the following consequences:
Overall, sex addiction can destroy lives on many levels. It is also nearly impossible to stop on your own, because complete abstinence is not realistic, for most people. Additionally, triggers are often unavoidable as we are constantly surrounded by images and messages of sex. Without professional treatment, sex addiction is incredibly difficult to defeat.
Fortunately, there are treatments available that are both effective and confidential. The two main treatment options for sex addiction are outpatient services and inpatient treatment centres. Outpatient treatment allows the client to continue their day-to-day activities while fitting therapy into their daily schedule. This type of treatment is a good option for those who are unable to take leave from personal commitments. On the other hand, Inpatient treatment is conducted at a residential rehab facility.
If you’re struggling with sex addiction, The Cabin’s inpatient treatment programme could be the answer you have been looking for. Our proven Changing pathways method, which is specifically designed to treat process addictions (where complete abstinence is not possible). It is also especially effective for treating coexisting addictions, in the event that you’re struggling with more than one. The method incorporates the key concepts of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), 12-step facilitation and mindfulness. Accredited and highly trained therapists help you get to the root cause of your addiction and create a treatment plan individually tailored to your needs. Through counselling, we provide you with the tools necessary to engage in a healthy sex life. The Cabin Rehab also offers family therapy options to help restore relationships for those whose addiction has disrupted their family life. The time for change is now.
There is no better time to start your journey towards addiction recovery than NOW. If you or someone you know is suffering from sex addiction, please contact one of our highly trained members of staff for a free, no obligations assessment.
Find out how we can help you get your life back.