Whilst it varies from person to person, some features of sex addiction include:
- Negative consequences caused by sexual behaviour
- Disruptions to family, work and personal life
- Disruptions to sense of personal identity
- Extreme feelings of shame and guilt, which can lead to depression and isolation
- Enjoyment of sexual behaviours which may be problematic, such as touching others without their consent or exploitative sex
Sex addiction is a progressive disorder that, over time, gets worse and it is important to seek help.
Consequences of Sex Addiction
Left untreated, sex addiction has many detrimental effects on a person’s life, and can often lead to the following consequences:
- Strained or destroyed relationships
- Contracting a sexually transmitted infection
- Lack of enjoyment in life and isolation from others
- Tendency to more addictions (i.e. drugs, alcohol or gambling addiction)
- Loss of interest in work or school
- Serious feelings of shame, guilt, hopelessness and depression
- Financial turmoil
Overall, sex addiction wrecks havoc on personal lives on many levels. It is also nearly impossible to stop on your own, because complete abstinence is not realistic for most people. In addition, triggers are unavoidable as we are constantly surrounded by images and messages of sex. Without professional treatment, sex addiction is incredibly difficult to combat.
Treatment Options of Sex Addiction
Luckily, there are treatments available that are effective and confidential. As with any addiction, treatment methods for sexual addiction vary, with many focusing on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This focuses on uncovering and addressing the emotional and psychological reason for the development of addiction. Changing habits or patterns of behaviour is critical, as is understanding and tackling the underlying causes of addiction.
For some, sexual addiction can co-occur with other addictions, such as drug or alcohol addiction and it is important that these behaviours are also addressed.
In the case of sex addiction, it is especially essential to develop relapse prevention skills, as permanent abstinence from sex is not realistic. It is vital that those recovering from sexual addiction feel confident leaving inpatient treatment, armed with the tools to remain free from addiction and the ability to engage in healthy sexual behaviours.
The Cabin in Chiang Mai: Effective Confidential Treatment for Sex Addiction
R12 at The Cabin provides sex addiction treatment for LGBT+ clients. Our treatment programme is more successful than mainstream rehab because it addresses the specific challenges faced by the LGBT+ community. Plus, being surrounded by LGBT+ peers and identifying with common struggles will help you feel less isolated and provide a greater sense of belonging. Our R12 programme incorporates Western psychology and Eastern healing practices, tailored to your individual needs, using the ground-breaking treatment model pioneered by The Cabin.
Our residential treatment centre, part of The Cabin in Chiang Mai, offers clients an environment away from triggers and temptations so they can fully focus on their recovery. Premium villa accommodation in beautiful surroundings includes healthy cuisine, spacious gym and swimming pools, providing a home away from home.
Our specialist sex therapy focuses on tackling the underlying reasons for addiction, as well as addressing the unique pressures and challenges faced by LGBT+. The R12 programme is also ‘trauma-informed’, to help clients understand how any trauma – big or small – may have impacted their lives, as trauma is often linked to addiction.
Clients have access to various different types of therapy to ensure their individual needs are covered. All of our counsellors are Western-trained to the highest standard and we have a number of specialist ‘CSAT’ trained counsellors, who specialise in understanding and treating sexual addictions.
If you are concerned about the nature of your sex life or sexual relationships, Fill out the short form on the top right of this page or call The Cabin today to talk about R12 Programme and receive a free and confidential consultation.