How Do I Seek Outpatient Treatment for Sex Addiction?

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Simply enjoying sex does not make you a sex addict, nor does exploration into different parts of your sexuality or engaging in sex frequently. A healthy sex life shared between two consenting adults is a great human experience, made possible by open communication. When this is the case, complications are few, if any. Sex addiction, however, emerges when sexual activity and thoughts about sexual activity take over all aspects of your life. This is the point of addiction.

If you’re thinking you may be a sex addict, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to get a better idea.

-        Are your sexual encounters rooted in acting out in anger or the desire to dominate your partner?

-        Do you keep your sexual activities secret? Are they illegal?

-        Has your relationship with your spouse deteriorated? Are you (or they) becoming increasingly distant due to your sexual activities?

-        After you take part in sexual activity, do you feel ashamed or embarrassed?

-        Do you frequently and compulsively use the internet for purposes of pornography or finding new sexual partners?

Answering these questions honestly and frankly could reveal a lot to you that you may not have known about yourself or your sexual addiction. If you determine that you think you are a sex addict, know that although you may feel ashamed of the things you’ve done, there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about in seeking help.

Outpatient treatment for sexual addiction is very effective. It is especially beneficial for people who do not want to or cannot afford an extended stay in an inpatient treatment facility. If you have an important job or a family to look after, outpatient treatment is probably best for you. Outpatient sex addiction treatment is designed with your life in mind. You will be able to reap all the benefits of sex addiction recovery without having to rearrange your entire life.

Outpatient treatment is also nice in terms of your privacy. You don’t have to explain to people why you’re leaving your job or going away like you would have to do with an extended stay at an inpatient facility. Outpatient sex addiction treatment is also cost effective, as you do not have to pay for room and board at an inpatient facility, plus you can keep your job.

As with any treatment program, you will first be evaluated to determine just how pervasive your sex addiction is and what level of treatment you’ll require. This evaluation will be completed by a sex addiction therapist, and may take a couple of visits. Your physical health will be assessed as well as your mental and emotional health. You will also be asked a lot of personal questions about your sexual history. This isn’t meant to make you feel uncomfortable or probed, and you certainly don’t need to share the most intimate details of every sexual encounter you’ve had. Rather, the goal of these questions is to help get a better idea of your sexual and intimacy history, and how it fits in with the rest of your health. You’ll also be asked about past illegal activity and substance abuse history. It can be embarrassing and you may be ashamed, but this isn’t the time to hide things. In order to get the most out of your sex addiction treatment, you must lay all your cards on the table.

Once the evaluation has been finished, you will be presented with therapy options that fit your particular case the best. You will explore any relevant childhood trauma and begin working towards controlling your sexual urges and impulses. Above all, you will learn the important differences between a healthy fulfilling sex life and an obsessive dark sex life.


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