Sexual Addiction Recovery
NorthPoint’s recovery program is a specialized treatment approach based on the most current information compiled by leaders in the fields of sexual addiction, sexual compulsivity, multiple addictions, childhood trauma and healthy sexuality.
Like other addictions, these behaviors continue despite sincere and persistent efforts to stop. Some might not think sex can be addictive because there are no chemicals involved. However, the body produces many hormones and neurotransmitters during sex that produce the same chemical "high" as drugs or alcohol. Sex addicts, like other addicts, often have a background of abuse (sexual, physical, emotional) and/or neglect, and family histories sprinkled with numerous addictions.
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Recovery is experienced in a safe, confidential and healing environment for sexual addiction treatment. Our Certified Sexual Addiction/Partner treatment staff* helps each client/couple look at the core issues that caused the addiction to heal the underlying cause of the addiction.
Questions To Ask Yourself About Sexual Addiction
- Do you promise yourself you won't do it again and you do it again?
- Would your primary relationship suffer if she/he knew of your secret sexual behaviors?
- Do you have a loss of control over your behavior around sex?
- Has anyone been hurt emotionally because of your sexual behavior?
- Do you suffer repeated negative consequences because of your sexual behavior but still continue to engage in it?
It is estimated that approximately 12 million Americans have some form of sexually compulsive behavior.
Understanding sexual addiction is necessary if you are to deal with this addiction. Unhealthy sexual behavior, also known as hypersexual disorder, nymphomania or hypersexuality, is a state where one is preoccupied/obsessed with sexual behaviors, thoughts or even feelings to the extent that the behavior interferes with work, health, relationships and other normal life activities.
Sex addiction often involves fantasies about abnormal sexual behaviors that are generally considered immoral or illegal. Irrespective of the nature of the obsession, sexual addiction can ruin your life. Not every counseling professional knows how to diagnose sex addiction. In fact, many professionals may not be able to diagnose sexual addiction because some generally use the term to denote all kinds of sex activities. For this reason, the diagnosis should be handled by a sex addiction professional such as a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT).
How to Recognize Sexual Addiction
People with sex addiction use sex just as those addicted to drugs or alcohol. It is an anesthetizer that allows them to escape painful realities and as a way to regulate their moods whenever they feel stress, anxiety, lonely, afraid, rejected, and/or feel privileged, entitled, or use the behavior as a justification for reward. As the dependence on the sexual behavior progresses, they typically experience emotional states that mirror those of people addicted to other addictive behaviors.
NorthPoint can identify the various aspects of problematic sexual behavior including typical patterns of consequences, evolution and timing of behavior patterns, as well as a person’s therapy readiness. We work on the deeper levels to get at the root cause(s) of the addiction so it doesn't re-surface later. Unfortunately, many “addiction counselors” do not know how to work at these levels - many only work on the surface level of the addiction and do not know how to do the deeper work that is essential so that the addiction does not resurface.
Although it is not always easy to know how to recognize a sex addict there are several sex addiction symptoms you can use to determine whether you or a loved one may be struggling with unhealthy sexual behaviors.
Some of these symptoms include:
- Intense sexual impulses
- Drive for abnormal sexual activities
- Difficulty forming emotional connections
- Using sex as an escape behavior
- Disregarding the consequences of sexual activities.
*Our Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and/or Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS) may either be fully certified or in the certification process.