Sexual Addiction: The elephant in the room
It has been said that sexual addiction is the tsunami of our generation. The advent of high-speed internet and other technological advances have made access to pornography and sexual escapades easier than ever before. The anonymity, affordability, and accessibility of sexual experience in the digital age has created the perfect conditions for compulsive and addictive neuropathways to develop in the brains of individuals ranging from prepubescents to elderly men and women. Couple these factors with emotional traumas, sexual traumas, physical traumas, invalidating childhood environments, or biological mood disorders, and the stage is set for the development of sexual addiction as a coping mechanism. If sexual behaviors are robbing you of happiness in your life, we want you to know that there is hope. The shame you feel from your struggle with acting-out behaviors and the volatility in your marriage or other intimate relationships can be addressed with clinical competence. However, taking this step means that it is time to address the proverbial "elephant in the room." Let's talk about what that looks like in our Sexual Addiction Treatment Program at the Bridge of Hope Counseling Center.
Step 1: Schedule a diagnostic evaluation appointment with Jason Hallman or Reid Wood (our AASAT trained therapists). During your assessment, our skilled clinicians will explore your psychological and behavioral history, and you will walk away knowing if you struggle with any of the various types of sexual addiction (Biological, Psychological, Spiritual, Trauma, Anorexia, Mood Disorder). These six types are espoused by Dr. Douglas Weiss, founder of the American Association for Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT).
Step 2: Develop a treatment plan with your clinician. After your initial appointment, we will develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual and family needs. For example, if your spouse has been triggered by your recent disclosure of acting out behaviors, we will explore ways to address healing throughout the entire family system.
Step 3: Your clinician will discuss the importance of participating in our clinician-led treatment groups. We have specific psychotherapy groups tailored to the needs of the addict and partners of the addict. Click on the links below to learn more about these exciting treatment options.
Step 4: Your clinician will discuss the benefit of participating in a 12-step program.
According to research, taking this approach to the treatment of sexual addiction offers you the best chance for developing the healthy second-order change behaviors necessary for a lifestyle of recovery. Give us a call, and let's start taking a bite out of that "elephant in the room" today!