Sex Addiction Treatment in Chiang Mai
In a world so focused on sex, it is sometimes hard to know when we cross the line into addiction. But the fact is, sex addiction is a real behavioural disorder affecting many people and making it virtually impossible for them to sustain healthy, meaningful relationships. The good news is that there is help. With quality treatment, you can be freed from your addiction and maintain a healthy sex life and fulfilling relationships.
What is Sex Addiction?
Sex addiction is a process addiction classified by compulsive sexual acts and/or thoughts. Just like drug or alcohol addiction, sex addiction is caused by a malfunction in the brain’s reward circuitry. Sex addiction is challenging to combat because unlike substance addiction, sex is not something that can realistically be abstained from in most cases. Sex addiction can be difficult for individuals to identify in themselves. It varies from person to person, but the defining feature of sex addiction is the negative consequences associated with the behaviour. Sex addicts suffer many consequences including disruptions to their family, work life and their sense of personal identity. It often causes extreme feelings of shame and guilt, which can lead to depression and isolation from others. Sex addiction is a progressive disorder that, over time, gets worse. It is important to seek help to avoid more serious consequences.
Types of Sex Addiction
There are many types of sex addiction. Sex addicts are most likely to fall into one or more of the following 10 categories:
- Fantasy sex: A preoccupying obsession with a sexual fantasy that replaces genuine sexual feelings
- Seductive role sex: Treating your partner as a conquest that you win through charm/manipulation, which gives you a sense of power
- Voyeuristic sex: Having an obsession with watching others engage in intercourse; isolating yourself in order to masturbate as often as possible—even to the point of injury
- Exhibitionist sex: Being aroused by exposing sexual parts of the body to others in public, or engaging in sex in view of others
- Paying for sex: Preferring to pay people for sex in order to avoid genuine connection
- Trading sex: Using sex as a commodity by which you trade goods or services in exchange for sex; avoiding intimacy or connection
- Intrusive sex: Being aroused by touching others without their consent. This especially applies to people use their position of power to gain sexual access
- Anonymous sex: Compulsively engaging in sex with strangers
- Pain exchange sex: Being obsessed with causing pain or humiliation to another person or receiving it yourself
- Exploitive sex: Being aroused by engaging in sex against someone’s will. Examples include rape or pedophilia
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 for Sex Addiction
Luckily there are treatments available that are effective and confidential. The two main treatment options for sex addiction are outpatient and inpatient treatment centres. Outpatient treatment allows people to continue their day-to-day activities while fitting therapy into their daily schedule. This type of treatment is convenient for those who do not have the option to take leave from personal commitments. Inpatient treatment is held at a residential rehab facility. Inpatient clients are housed and treated simultaneously and have access to around-the-clock care. Inpatient treatment is considered the ‘gold standard’ for addiction treatment for several reasons including:
- Removal from triggers/negative influences
- Complete immersion in recovery
- No access to drugs or alcohol
- 24 hour support
The Cabin Chiang Mai: Effective Confidential Treatment for Sex Addiction
If you are struggling with sex addiction, The Cabin Chiang Mai’s inpatient programme is the turning point you have been looking for. The Cabin’s proven Recovery Zones method, which has a 96% completion rate, is specifically designed to treat process addictions for which complete abstinence is not possible. It is also especially effective for treating co-existing addictions if you are struggling with more than one. The method incorporates the key concepts of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), 12-step facilitation and mindfulness. Certified and highly trained clinical professionals help you get to the root cause of your addiction and create a treatment plan individually tailored to your needs. Through counselling, we provide you with the tools necessary to engage in a healthy sex life. The Cabin Chiang Mai also offers family therapy options to help restore relationships for those whose addiction has disrupted their family life. The time for change is now.
There really is no better time to start your journey towards addiction recovery. If you or someone you know is suffering from sex addiction, please contact us for a free, no obligations assessment. Find out how we can help you get your life back!