Sex addiction, also known as hypersexual disorder, is an illness often overlooked or dismissed due to the stigma of shame associated with it. Sex addiction is a condition characterized by the sufferer becoming increasingly preoccupied with sexual thoughts or behaviors that have a negative impact on their life. An addiction to sex involves spending much time thinking about or engaging in sexually addictive behaviors including:
- A great number of one-night stands
- Multiple affairs
- Contacts with prostitutes
- Excessive pornography use
- Frequenting chat rooms
- Engaging in personal ads
- Making obscene phone calls
Statistics show that at any given time, between 10% and 17% of college-aged people struggle with sex addiction. In the general population, the frequency of individuals having an addiction to sex may be closer to 3%. Over the past nine years, therapists at our rehab center have noticed a significant correlation between sex addiction and sexual abuse. Many times when sexual abuse occurs at a young age, the child experiences distortions between healthy and non-healthy sexual relationships. Our treatment center staffs Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSATs) who are specifically trained to treat and help clients process these types of situations.
Often when a young man or woman’s childhood lacks a healthy connection with a parent or family member or is sexually abused by a family member, friend or stranger, they develop a misunderstanding of the words “love” and “sex.” These young people may confuse sexual abuse, neglect, or inappropriate affection for love and sex and develop a sex addiction behaviors in relationships later in life. At our rehab center, we provide treatment for these behaviors by introducing clients to the correct meanings of love, sex, and intimacy. Individuals that come to our rehab center suffering from trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder from earlier experiences; sex addiction can be one of the ways these clients cope with that trauma or PTSD.
Many of the clinicians at our rehab center continue to reinforce their training by attending various sex addiction seminars and workshops. This allows our rehab center to correctly treat those suffering from sex addiction. Throughout the week, our treatment center offers specially-designed groups, activities, and assignments that are designed for clients who struggle with sex addiction, which are facilitated by one of our CSATs. They are intense and focused directly on sex addiction and underlying issues.