How to Treat Sex Addiction

Okay, you might be wondering, “how do you deal with the problem of sexual addiction?”  Well, most people report that traditional psychotherapy doesn’t work. In fact, a lot of addicts have told me over the years that they were in therapy for sometimes up to seven years, and NEVER told their therapist about their sex addiction!  So they spent a lot of time and money understanding why they were acting out sexually, but they never learned how to stop. Sex Addiction Los Angeles

You want to find a therapist that uses a cognitive/behavioral/task-oriented approach, and preferably, someone who is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT).  What that means is the therapist holds the addict accountable for what they are thinking, doing and committing to on a daily basis.  Treatment should include weekly homework, reading of recovery books, checking in with the therapist once a week (if not daily) and enforced consequences if the addict doesn’t  keep to their commitments.

12-step groups are super important too because they help the addict reduce their shame and get out of isolation.  Sex addicts get “sober” in groups because they begin to hear that they are not alone and that other people have done similar, and sometimes, worse things.  Groups help people learn that they can get their needs met from others.  In the process sex addicts not only help themselves, they help their fellow addicts.  For more information, check out http://www.medicinenet.com/sexual_addiction/article.htm


 

The Center for Healthy Sex (CHS) treats a broad spectrum of sexual disorders including; sex addiction, low sexual desire and sexual dysfunction. The experienced, highly skilled clinical staff of CHS offers intensive individual and group psychotherapy.

For more information visit www.thecenterforhealthysex.com or call 310.335.0997
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