DSM-V to consider Hypersexual Disorder

Here is the latest on whether or not Hypersexual Disorder (formerly sex addiction) will be considered as a bona fide category in the manual for mental illness.  Take a look at the LA Times article and let us know what you think:


Scientists discover new stress neuropathway

Everyone experiences some kind of stress in their lives but traumatic stress impacts some people more than others. It seems that some people are more susceptible to the impact of stress on the brain, creating anxiety or depressive disorders.  Sex addicts, and sometimes their partners, can suffer from both anxiety or depression or both due to childhood trauma.

Here is an excerpt from the study:

“The study found that the emotional centre of the brain – the amygdala – reacts to stress by increasing production of a protein called neuropsin. This triggers a series of chemical events which in turn cause the amygdala to increase its activity. As a consequence, a gene is turned on that determines the stress response at a cellular level.”

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TIME Magazine questions sex addiction as a bona fide problem

The battle continues on whether sex addiction is really a problem of addiction or bad behavior.  I contend that what we call “sex addiction” is really a problem of unresolved childhood trauma that leads to repetitive, often destructive behaviors.

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Patrick Carnes comments on sex addiction on CBS

See last weeks early show on CBS on Sex Addiction.


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Watch this video!

Is sex addiction a real problem?  If you’re still skeptical take a look at this well-done TV report. Sex Addiction Los Angeles

If you or a loved one are struggling with issues of sexual addiction, go to SAA-recovery.org for help!


The Porn Industry Kills…

Whether or not pornography is good for a culture or not is a complicated topic. On the one hand the right to print and view porn is a free speech issue, and on the other hand it can be a human rights issue.  Many young men and women die every year due to overdose, suicide, homicide, and accidents due to the torment they are going through working in porn films.   

Although I don’t have an answer about what is “right” and what is “wrong” where the availability of porn is concerned, former porn actress, Shelley Luben does.  She has created a crusade to help people get out of the porn industry.  Her site does anything but glamorize an industry that chews people up and spits them out. 

Watching porn is not a victimless crime. Porn Addiction Los Angeles

Eleven porn porn stars died from HIV, suicide, homicide and drugs in 2007.
Between 2003 and 2005, 976 performers were reported with 1,153 positive STD results.
66% of porn performers have Herpes, a non-curable disease.

To read more about porn industry stats and current legislation in the state of California, go to http://www.shelleylubben.com/index.php?truth=home

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Professional Consultation Course For Therapists

Attend a day of professional consultation and training to develop your professional and personal skills dealing with sexual addiction and trauma.  Quality case consultation is at the center of developing effective skills for treating Sexual Addiction and Related Intimacy Disorders.  This 6 hour workshop will provide case consultation using the Task Centered Approach for the treatment of Sexual Addictions developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes.

Therapeutic competencies vital to the treatment of Sexual Addiction will be
discussed and practiced in a safe and professional environment.  The format
will be lecture, small group discussion and informal case presentation.  The
privacy and confidentiality of participants and clients will be respected
throughout the workshop.

Clinical issues will include:
           *Transference and Counter-Transference
*Recovery Process
           *Family and Significant Other Work
*Disclosure Issues
           *Referral and Case Management issues
*Ethics and Legal Issues

Workshop Facilitator:
Steven DeLugach, MS, LPC has been treating Sexual Addicts and their families
since 1989.  He has 20 years of experience working with Chemical Dependents,
Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Addicts.  He is a Certified Sexual
Addictions Therapist Supervisor {CSAT} and is the Chair the International
Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals {IITAP} Professional
Certification Board.

           Monday June 23rd, 2008
               9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
           Lunch will be provided on site.

           4700 SW Macadam Ave, Suite 101
           Portland, Oregon 97239
           $185 for the workshop, which includes lunch.

           CSAT candidates can receive 6 hours of CSAT case consultation or
CEU’s by presenting a case during the workshop.

Certificates of Completion will be issued.

To register contact my office at 503-233-5827.
Please register by phone before June 16th 2008.

Thanks for your support and interest in the field of Addiction and Intimacy,

Sex Addiction Los Angeles

Circumscision and sexual compulsivity: Are they related?

At the Center for Healthy Sex, women often ask if male circumcision can lead to sexual compulsivity.  The thinking is that an uncircumcised penis is more sensitive while the circumcised one is less sensitive, therefore needing more stimulation in order to experience pleasure.  As far as I know, there is no scientific data to bare this out and therefore, this is only speculation

Many factors can contribute to sexually compulsive behaviors.  If a person is masturbating compulsively, it may be that he/she has an obsessive compulsive disorder that manifested in this way due to some form of early childhood experience that was traumatizing. 

Each person who suffers from sexually compulsivity has a unique story, which is often based in pain as a result of suffering emotional, physical or sexual abuse in their childhood.

For more information and resources, visit our website at http://www.centerforhealthysex.com Sex Addiction Los Angeles

Male survivors of sexual abuse

e are commited to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.”

For more information about their retreats, how you can support their work and to learn more about this topic, visit their website at: http://www.malesurvivor.org  Sex Therapy Los Angeles

Women and sex addiction

Two women courageously talk about their childhood molestation and the way their trauma led them to compulsive sexual behaviors.  Sex Addiction Los Angeles. You can see the video on UTube:


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