Sexual disorders, which can come in many forms — hypersexuality, pornography addiction, masturbation, etc. — is when a person has a continuous preoccupation and/or obsession with sexual behaviors. Those with sexual addictions have trouble functioning in their day-to-day lives because sex has become a primary focus. Because of this, it can lead to work and relationship problems along with declining physical and emotional health.
According to American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, about 12 million people in the U.S. suffer from sex addiction. In addition, according to U.S. News & World Report, “by a ratio of about 3 to 1, more men than women struggle with sex addictions.”
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers, we offer individualized treatment programs for mental health disorders, including treatment for sexual addictions, masturbation and pornography addictions. In addition, we know and understand the science of chemical dependency with its associated neurological changes and its impact upon the pleasure system, emotions, learning, memory, motivation, and most importantly, the ability to exercise choice. We know and understand the biological and psychological science that support treatments in trauma, emotional disorders, and other mental health concerns.
Below is information relating to sexual disorders and our treatment programs.
Sexual addiction is described as a person who cannot manage their own sexual behavior. Those with a sexual addiction are addicted to an activity, not a substance. A person could be suffering from an abnormally intense sex drive or has obsessions about sex. This sexual behavior has an immediate effect on a person’s well being along with daily activities and personal relationships.
Sexual addiction can come in many different forms, including addictions to:
For instance, a person suffering from a pornography addiction is not the same disorder as a sex addiction and therefore must be treated differently.
Those suffering from a pornography addiction have a compulsive behavior to view pornographic content. The growth of the Internet and smartphones has made it easier for those with the addiction to access pornography in a matter of seconds. The signs and symptoms of pornography addiction are similar to substance abuse, leaving the user wanting more.
Another form of sexual addiction is compulsive masturbation, where a person has the constant compulsion to masturbate, with or without the use of pornography. Most people that suffer from compulsive masturbation also display secretive and reclusive personality traits and often have underlying anxiety, depression and obsessive behavior.
People with sexual addictions may be addicted to different types of sexual behavior, such as an obsession with carrying out sexual acts.
Sexual addiction signs include:
It’s important to note that not everyone with sexual addictions, pornography addictions and compulsive masturbation experience every symptom listed above. Depending on the type of sex addiction, the above symptoms will vary.
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment when it comes to sexual addictions, but it is treatable through the right programs. Typical sexual addiction treatments include outpatient programs and residential treatment programs, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and prescription medications. It’s also important that a strong support system/network is present during treatment.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers, we offer mental health services and specifically treat those suffering from sexual addictions. Our services include a PHP Day Program, Intensive Outpatient Program and General Outpatient Program. Furthermore, the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Services provides support for patients in finding the right residential care with one of our community partners. Click on each service to learn more about what they entail and how they can help you or a loved one on a path towards recovery.
In addition, the staff at the Phoenix Recovery Center is passionate about total behavioral health in overcoming addiction. They deeply care about each person who they work with. Often our alumni comment on the profound impact of our staff members in encouraging them on their path to living a fulfilling life. Those who come to The Phoenix Recovery Center can realize a rebirth of their own dreams as they achieve their own sobriety and much, much more. And that makes all the difference.
The Phoenix Difference constitutes a carefully tailored program and recovery experience defined by research. Every effort is directed at supporting outcomes that prepare patients and their families with both the knowledge and applied behaviors to manage mental health disorders and to reclaim a meaningful life.
Furthermore, the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers are driven by the guiding mission statement: “Empowering individuals and families suffering from addiction and mental health disorders, to celebrate life through lasting solutions.” We accomplish the therapeutic and healing experience through a continuum of care that begins with Residential Treatment and traverses across a Day Program, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), to General Outpatient (GOP). Lastly, the continuum of care culminates in a weekly Alumni Support Meeting, which provides a recovery support community to sustain the recovery capital of The Phoenix Alumni.