Sex Addiction Counseling Benefits
Sex is a natural part of life - until it's not. That is where sex addiction counseling can help you.
A sex addiction occurs when a person uses sex for purposes of compulsion or dependency, regardless of any potential negative consequences. In the 1980s, sex addiction was officially recognized as a mental health disorder, and it is closely related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Some signs of sex addiction include the following:
- Extramarital or extra-relationship affairs;
- Unsafe sex practices;
- Self-prostitution or the use of prostitutes;
- Obsessively dating through personal ads;
- Excessive self-stimulation;
- Obsessively using pornography;
- And more.
Most treatment programs for sex addiction focus on separating the addicted person from harmful sexual behaviors. It also delves into the more internal thoughts processes and emotions harboring themselves in the person's brain, such as anxiety, depression, guilt, shame and other emotions.
If you or someone close to you is dealing with a sex addiction, how can a licensed mental health professional help you? Here are some ways sex addiction counseling is beneficial:
If one half of a couple has a sex addiction, then there are several issues to discuss, and attending therapy sessions will help the couple work through feelings and make decisions regarding their relationship.
You will be able to distinguish healthy sex from unhealthy sex.
In many programs, the client will abstain from any sexual activity for a period of 60 to 90 days. This allows the person to go through therapy sessions and also ruminate about what is healthy sexual behavior and what is not. The client can correct any obsessive-compulsive thoughts and actions and own up to what they have done - and learn to boost self-esteem. Talking with a therapist near you or online will help you work through the pros and cons of sex.
You can address any unaddressed issues in sex addiction counseling services.
If you talk one-on-one with a therapist or participate in group therapy, you will become more accountable for your actions while also helping others. A 12-Step Program or another form of therapy could help you realize that you used a sex addiction to curb another mental health issue, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression and more. For example, a person could use a sex addiction as a coping mechanism because he or she was sexually abused as a child or dealt with another traumatic experience. See which types of therapy work best for you and the treatment of your sex addiction.
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