The brain and sex addiction

From February 28 – March 1, the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals gathered in Phoenix, Arizona at the Black Mountian Conference Center for their third annual symposium titled, “It’s all About the Brain.

Dr. Charles Parker was the keynote speaker and he kicked off the conference talking about the importance of looking at the brain via SPECT scanning.  This innovative process allows for an actual look at the sex addicts brain to better determine exactly what’s going on.  Often sex addicts have deficits in the brain due to early childhood attachment trauma, actual blows to the head via accident’s, and/or due to excessive drug and alcohol abuse.  Sex Addiction Los Angeles

Dr. Patrick Carnes pioneering leader in the field of sexual addiction, is empahsizing the importance of changing the brain via intensive focus in order for the sex addict to stay sexually sober over time and to effect long-term positive change.  Dr. Carnes task-centered approach is what we use at the Center for Healthy Sex when treating sex addicts.

For more on this topic, visit Dr. Parker’s web blog at:


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.

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1 Response

  1. Dr. Charles Parker:

    Great meeting you out there, and look forward to our ongoing conversations. Appreciate your insights – so interesting to find how you and your colleagues there have connected with every aspect of the complexity of the recovery process.

    Many remain in the dark ages regarding compulsive, impulsive and addictive behaviors thinking these presenting symptoms are *only psychologically based*… leaving treatment almost completely one dimensional, and missing the reality of biologically based brain dysregulation.

    And, as I mentioned in my post about the meeting, many of you have been looking more deeply for years. Deep and comprehensive thinking is more likley to bring consistent recovery practice.

    Look forward to working together, and will link to your blog over at CorePsych-

    Posted on March 8th, 2008 at 6:41 am

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