Sex addiction, much like any other addiction, is a disease. But it is not always glaringly obvious at first. As it progresses, sex addicts fall into patterns of destructive behaviour, causing harm not only to themselves but also to those around them.
Thoughts about sexual acts and behaviours, typically dominate a sex addict's thinking, making it difficult to perform daily tasks and to engage in normal relationships with others. Most sex addicts are in a constant state denial about their addiction. Successful treatment thus begins with the addict admitting and accepting that he or she has a problem.
To find out more about Life Works sex addiction treatment please call 0800 081 0700 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.
The signs and symptoms of sex addiction
Sex addicts may seem like perfectly normal people to their friends and family, however, there are many serious signs and symptoms of sex addiction. Many sex addicts use dating sites or other unsafe practices to arrange sex as often as possible. This often means cheating on a spouse or other partner with multiple people. Sex addicts also use their phones or computers to look at porn. This may even be done at work and often begins to intrude on their everyday activities.
Sex addicts are also likely to abuse drugs, buying cocaine, Viagra or other performance enhancing drugs. Many people suffering with sex addiction will also push loved ones away in order to continue feeding their addiction. Often, a sex addict has little or no emotional connection to the actual act of sex other than feelings of numbness, shame, or guilt. They may also engage in constant masturbation, multiple affairs, cyber sex, prostitution, exhibitionism or voyeurism. In general, any sexual behaviour that someone engages in despite negative consequences can be considered a symptom of sex addiction.
I think I need sex addiction treatment, how can Life Works help me?
At Life Works, we first work to stabilise our sex addicts. This means removing them from the stress and other problems surrounding their daily lives. Once this is done, we help them understand the underlying issue behind their sex addiction. This could be some form of trauma, emotional issues or a number of other problems. Once the root cause of someone's sex addiction is known, they can work to recover and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
We believe that understanding the root cause of someone's sex addiction is incredibly important. Simply treating the symptoms of sex addiction would be like giving someone cough medicine to treat cancer. Not only does understanding the cause of sex addiction help in treatment, it allows that addict to better see and understand unhealthy and inappropriate behaviour. This makes finding coping mechanisms much easier.
How can I start sex addiction treatment at Life Works?
To start treatment at Life Works, please contact our enquiries team who will be able to provide an assessment in order to better understand your problem and provide information regarding the assistance Life Works can offer. After the assessment, you can schedule an admission date. When you are admitted, you will meet with a number of health professionals in order to assess your overall health. This ensures we can provide the best and safest possible treatment. Finally you will meet your primary counsellor and be assigned a buddy. Your buddy is a client who is currently in treatment and understands the day to day schedule at Life Works. After the admission process is finished, you will begin your treatment. Our holistic approach to treatment aims to ensure successful Sex Addiction recovery while minimizing the chance of relapse.
Life Works provides first rate support and guidance in the treatment of sex addiction. To discuss how we can help you, please call 0800 081 0700 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.