Recognizing the obvious signs of sex addiction can help identify if a patient has crossed the line from a healthy enjoyment of sex to an addiction that needs professional assistance. Indications of problematic sexual behavior include:
- Loss of control of behaviors
- Preoccupation with sexual acting out behaviors
- Significant adverse consequences
- Continuation despite consequences
Sex addicts will continue to engage in sexual behavior despite financial problems, potential arrest, health risks, or broken relationships. The condition can destroy relationships and cause an individual to feel enslaved by their addiction to sexual thoughts and acts. Sex is part of a normal, healthy life; however, when sexual activities or thoughts become consuming or habit-forming, it crosses the line into addiction.
Recovery from Sex Addiction
Sexual addicts experience tremendous amounts of guilt and shame over their behavior because they feel they are not in control and live in constant fear of being discovered. This is part of drives the addictive cycle of how to cure sex addiction; sex addicts will use inappropriate sexual behavior to block out the very pain of their addiction. Like other forms of addiction, sex addicts are not in control and cannot stop their behaviors, no matter how self-destructive and potentially devastating the consequences may be.
At Gentle Path at The Meadows, our sole purpose is to help men understand that long-lasting recovery from their sexual addictions is possible.
Treatment for Men
Sexual addiction isn’t just a diagnosis; it’s a very personal struggle. Our confidential and all-inclusive campus offers men a peaceful setting in which they can quick-start their recovery process. Some conditions we treat include:
Sexual Compulsion – is a compulsive sexual behavior and is sometimes called hypersexuality, hypersexual disorder, nymphomania, or sexual addiction. Compulsive sexual behavior may involve a commonly enjoyable sexual experience (for example, self-stimulation) that becomes an obsession that is disruptive or harmful to you or others.
Pornography Addiction – is an addiction model of compulsive sexual activity with the concurrent use of pornographic material, despite harmful consequences to one’s physical, mental, social, or financial well-being.
Relationship Addiction – is described as one person “loving” another person with an obsessive intensity that is not in the best interest of either party.
Internet Sex Addiction – is also known as cybersex addiction, and has been proposed as a sexual addiction characterized by virtual Internet sexual activity that causes serious negative consequences to one’s physical, mental, social, and/or financial well-being.
Sex Addiction in Young Adults – sexual behaviors can be particularly problematic for young men of the ages 18 – 25, frequently without their knowledge.
To find additional resources on any of the above conditions and to read more about the Gentle Path’s treatment philosophy, visit our online bookstore.
Gentle Path at The Meadows
Gentle Path’s men-only atmosphere allows patients to drop their facades and invites them to work through the shame and pain that drives their sex addiction.
Located in Wickenburg, Arizona, we provide an intensive, experiential-based 45-day treatment program for men with complex issues surrounding pornography and sex addictions.
We are a Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility with 28 beds, providing the highest level of care dedicated exclusively to men suffering from sexual addictions. We are accredited by The Joint Commission, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safe, high-quality care and treatment. Patients can be assured they will receive outstanding care at Gentle Path at The Meadows.