Sex addiction is real and is defined as “A pathological relationship with a mood-altering experience.” Statistics show that 17 to 37 million people suffer from sex addiction. Compulsive sexual behavior, or sexual addiction, can have significant effects on one’s mental and physical health.
Male Sex Addiction
Sexual addiction has been called sexual dependency and sexual compulsivity. By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict’s life. Sexual addicts make sex a priority more important than family, friends, and work. Sex becomes the organizing principle of the addict’s lives. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior.
At Gentle Path at The Meadows, we understand the complex nature of male sexual addiction. Men with sexual addiction may experience patterns of out-of-control sexual behavior. Examples may include:
- Compulsive masturbation
- Indulging in pornography
- Having chronic affairs
- Dangerous sexual practices
- Anonymous sex
- Compulsive sexual episodes
For sex addicts, sex is the food or drug in other addictions that provide the “high” that addicts depend on for feeling normal. Temporary pleasure and unhealthy relationships become more important than forming healthy, intimate relationships.
Sexual addicts go down the same path as those with other addictions. There is a repetitive struggle to control behavior, which is followed by a deep sense of despair for continuously failing to do so. Self-esteem gradually decreases, increasing the need to escape into addictive behavior. Powerlessness is a key element of addiction.
Serial Affairs and Prostitution
Sex addiction can manifest itself in a relationship in a number of ways. Some addicts seek refuge in multiple relationships and sexual encounters. Every relationship has times when sexual needs are not matched. But, addiction to pursuing multiple relationships and/or soliciting prostitutes can turn sex into something that is empty, joyless, demoralizing, and robs the patient of the ability to experience real intimacy in his relationships.
Overcome Your Addiction
Gentle Path at The Meadows, located in Wickenburg, Arizona, provides an intensive, experiential-based 45-day treatment program for men with the complex issues of sexual addictions in conjunction with chemical, food, work, and other addiction issues.
We are a Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility licensed for 28 beds dedicated only to those who suffer from sexual addictions and co-occurring issues. We offer the highest level of care dedicated exclusively to men suffering from sexual addictions and are accredited by The Joint Commission which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safe, high-quality treatment. Patients can be assured they are receiving outstanding care at Gentle Path at The Meadows.
In a safe and nurturing community composed of their peers, men are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, including grief and loss; heal from emotional trauma; and become accountable for their feelings, behaviors, and recovery. Visit us here or feel free to phone us at 855-333-6076.