Sex Addiction Recovery Program
At Lee Psychological Services, we believe that sex addiction must be addressed within the context of the individual’s total spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physiological well-being. The clinical picture is often complicated by mood or anxiety disorders, trauma, grief and loss, substance dependence, or eating disorders.
Our Sex Addiction Recovery Program (S.A.R.P.) creates treatment plans addressing all the relevant needs and personal goals.
What is Sex Addiction?
People addicted to sex get a sense of euphoria from it that seems to go beyond that reported by most people. The sexual experience is not about intimacy. Addicts use sexual activity to seek pleasure, avoid unpleasant feelings or respond to outside stressors. This is similar to how an alcoholic uses alcohol. In both instances, any reward gained from the experience soon gives way to guilt, shame, remorse and promises to change.
What Help is Available for Sex Addiction?
At Lee Psychological Services, Dr. Lee can diagnose your problem through a comprehensive assessment process. A thorough psychosexual evaluation is done along with personality testing and an in-depth clinical interview and testing using the several dependency inventories. Based on your treatment plan goals, services will include individual, group, and psychoeducational sessions. Your partner will also receive an individual therapy session as an integral part of the treatment. They will probably be suffering from the effects of your addiction, and their recovery from the trauma is focused on in this integrated approach. Not only is this a task-centered approach, but your family of origin history is studied in-depth, and any traumas are uncovered that may have been precursors to your behaviors. A lot of trauma work is done once the compulsive behaviors are managed. The use of 12-step support groups is encouraged and is part of the recommended treatment.
The first step in seeking help is to admit to the problem. Though marital, professional, and societal consequences may follow, admission of the problems must come, no matter the cost. Fear of these consequences, unfortunately, keeps many sexual addicts from seeking help.
- Provide confidential environment for recovery
- Understand and break through denial then reduce shame
- Understand addiction as an illness
- Identify ungrieved losses and explore root cause of addiction: trauma
- Develop a sobriety plan
- Limit the damage from patient behavior
- Work through relationship and family issues
- Understand disclosure and arousal template
- Introduce healthy sexuality
- Prevent relapse
Free Confidential Assessment
Call Lee Psychological Services today for a free confidential telephone assessment.
We look forward to hearing from you.