What Sex Addiction Treatment Entails
and How to Get Help
and How to Get Help
Sex addiction is a behavioural disorder that can have negative consequences for your physical and emotional health, while causing additional complications in your social life and personal relationships. Many people around the world struggle with sex addiction, yet the destructive behavioural patterns it creates are difficult to escape. Sex rehabilitation promises a way forward, by providing intensive evidence-based treatment that addresses both addictive behaviours and the addictive process. Depending on your specific circumstances, rehab for sex addiction may offer a way to bring balance back to your life for the long-term.
Sex rehab and the goal of sex addiction treatment
What is sexual addiction and what causes it?
There are several reasons why a person may become addicted to sex. Past sexual abuse or trauma are often contributing factors, while addiction to other substances such as drugs and alcohol may also play a role. A CNN health report found that as many as 80% of sex addicts had experienced sexual abuse or emotional trauma in the past.
Mental health and sex addiction
Signs and symptoms of sex addiction
- Frequent one-night stands
- A large number of sexual partners
- Taking part in regular unsafe sex
- Feeling guilt and shame after sexual activities
- Unable to resist the temptation of engaging in compulsive sexual activity
- Obsessive thoughts about sexual activities and fantasies
- Lying in order to hide sexual behaviors
Sex addiction rehab: inpatient vs outpatient
Inpatient sex rehab
Outpatient sex rehab
How sex rehab works
Sex rehab uses a variety of psychosocial approaches to increase your ability to practise self-control and positive thinking, while maintaining a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Effective treatment programme should involve one-on-one and group therapy sessions. Among the most effective approaches are:
Various forms of behavioural therapy such as CBT, DBT, and psychodynamic psychotherapy, have shown effectiveness in helping sex addicts achieve a healthy psychological state. The focus is on helping addicts to identify primary triggers and beliefs about their sex addiction and to develop coping skills to manage urges and deal with the preoccupation of sexual thoughts and behaviours.
Other modalities put a greater emphasis on collective healing. For example, family and couples therapy brings together addicts and their loved ones, helping them develop an environment of understanding, restoring trust, and establishing a healthy sexual relationship between partners
Dual diagnosis treatment takes this addiction-specific therapeutic focus and combines it with the wider goal of addressing relevant mental health issues at the same time. Underlying mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, past trauma, or other psychological disorders may form the root cause of your sex addiction, and your compulsive sexual behaviours merely represent a coping mechanism.
In such case, dual diagnosis treatment will identify and address the deeper issues, in addition to you sex addiction, relieving the pressure that contributes compulsive behaviour in the first place.
12-Step recovery models adapted from the techniques used in Alcoholics Anonymous will help sex addicts develop healthy patterns of loving and relating to others. A period of abstinence from sexual behaviour is often required. Upon completion of treatment, addicts are encouraged to participate in 12-step programmes such as Sexual Addicts Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, and Sexaholics Anonymous. These fellowship groups provide a place for peer advice, support, structure, and accountability to empower addicts on their journey to recovery.
Experiential and alternative therapies may include a number of other approaches, including participation in visual arts and drama, music therapy, animal therapy, or a holistic approach that includes nutritional enhancements while encouraging exposure to the natural world. As every person has different specific needs, there are a multitude of treatment programmes for sex addiction that may be effective for different people and situations.
What happens in a sex rehab centre?
Your sex addiction rehabilitation will include a comprehensive assessment that reviews your physical and mental health, patterns of sexual behaviour, any past trauma or abuse, as well as addiction to substances. Please note that any additional addiction to drugs or alcohol may require you to undergo a period of detox, which may be completed onsite or elsewhere depending on the centre. Moreover, if co-occurring mental health conditions are diagnosed, such as anxiety or depression, medication may be prescribed by doctors as part of your treatment programme.
One-on-one, as well as group counselling sessions, will take place, and will typically include treatment techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectic behaviour therapy (DBT). These are aimed at helping you uncover the reasons behind your compulsive behaviour, and learn to cultivate positive thought patterns in their place.
Other forms of complementary therapy may also be involved, including couple’s counselling or marriage counselling to improve communication, establish trust, and build a healthier connection between partners. The over-arching aim of sex addiction rehab is to empower you to make better decisions for yourself when you return home.
Upon completing primary treatment, an aftercare programme may also be included to help you overcome triggers and avoid relapse. To ensure that you maintain your recovery after rehab, clients are often encouraged to join a support group or attend additional outpatient counselling, especially early in recovery.
How long is rehab for sex addiction treatment?
How much does sex rehab cost?
Private Sex addiction treatment in Thailand
- Individual and group therapy sessions
- Evidence-based techniques such as CBT, DBT, MBCT etc.
- Mindfulness meditation
- Spa and massage therapy
- Cultural activities and excursions
- A secular 12-step recovery model
- And local 12-step meetings offsite
Undergoing sex addiction treatment in Thailand also allows you to recover in complete confidentiality, while also experiencing the many benefits of travelling in this warm and beautiful country. If you are ready to get help for your sex addiction, contact us today to schedule a private consultation.
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