Sex Addiction Treatment Sex is a sole Addiction or encompasses other alcohol, substance and addictive behaviours. With most Addictions, Sex Addiction is described when an individual cannot control their sexual acts which become unmanageable and affect their health and relationships in life. At Addiction Rehab Toronto, we focus on Sexual Addictive behaviours that are of the pornographic and computer environment. We understand that sex intersects with Addictions of other substance usages such as alcohol, drugs and unhealthy addictive behaviours. Sex Addiction can incorporate power-related behaviours. For example, not utilizing consent and engaging in risky sexual behaviours like unprotected sex or not being tested for STIs.
Sex Addiction Symptoms The addicted person continues to engage in the behaviors even in light of consequences that may include:
Intimate relationships impaired
A constant need to watch porn
High frequency of masturbation
High levels of Cheating
High levels of pregnancies
Arrests for: sexual harassment, sexual assault, soliciting sex and sex in public
Spending all finances on porn, prostitutes
Preoccupation with sex on the mind
Risky sexual behaviours like frequent unprotected sex
Missing work due to active sexual behaviour
Withdrawal, can’t go a day without sexual behaviour
Sex Addiction Treatment at Addiction Rehab Toronto Codependency Codependency is a relationship pattern where you focus on others at your own expense. Codependency happens when you put one person’s needs over your own. Codependence is a need for others to fill their own self-worth. Codependency and active addiction/alcohol abuse directly contribute to maintaining unhealthy behavior. Codependent characteristics include: low self-esteem, people pleaser, difficulty saying no, doesn’t take criticism well, feels taken advantage of, and is constantly putting others needs over their own. For example, within Sex Addiction, manipulation is a key symptom. Manipulation happens when an individual will try whatever means possible to get something from someone else. Like in active addiction/alcohol abuse, there is a sense of satisfaction from “being needed,” but at the end of the cycle, the codependent feels choiceless and helpless.
Boundaries Within Sex Addiction, boundaries for the individual and others are important. Boundaries are rules and limits, that are defined by the individual. This can mean material, physical, mental, emotional, sexual and spiritual boundaries. For example, sexual boundaries can be the amount of physical interaction that creates feelings of comfort and at peace. Examples of Healthy and Unhealthy Boundaries Are you ignoring your own boundaries or ignoring someone else’s boundaries? Do you find it difficult to talk about intimacy, relationships, sex, and love? At Addiction Rehab Toronto, our trained and education clinical team are equipped in understanding how Addictions intersects with codependency and boundaries.
Staying focused on recovery and growth
Maintaining personal values despite what others want
Open to learn more
Saying no to things you don’t want
Asking for consent
Reinforcing negative thinking and telling ourselves that it sounds accurate
Always saying yes to things you don’t want to do
Accepting things you don’t want
Not asking for consent
Sex & Intimacy At Addiction Rehab Toronto, we offer specific programming in Sex & Intimacy, specifically its intersection with Addiction and Addictive behaviours. In addition, we offer process groups that allow individuals the space to speak about support systems and relationships. For example, often individuals will engage in sexually addictive behaviours due to the impulsivity of its nature. Most often, individuals are searching for the euphoric dopamine feeling that encompasses a sexual release. In addition, our clinical team will support an individual to identify cravings and triggers identified by sexual addiction.
Other Sex Addiction treatment programming offered are:
One on One counselling
Sex & Intimacy
Anger Management Programming
Stress Management Programming
Group Therapy through weekly Programming on Relapse Prevention, Anger Management, Communications, Self-Esteem, Codependency, Values, Grief and Loss, Stages of Change, Self-Love, Loneliness, and much more
Mindfulness through Yoga, Reiki, Walks, Breathing Techniques, Independent Reflections, and Journaling
Fitness through our instructed boxing and Muay Thai gym, outdoor walks, recreational activities, and fitness boot camps
Addressing Codependency and Sexual Addictive Behaviours For an individual to start the process of Sex Addiction Recovery, one must take the moment to admit to themselves that they engage in unhealthy sexual addictive behaviours. Just like alcohol or substance addiction, we must admit to ourselves that life has become unmanageable. An individual needs to have the desire and the gumption to work on the change, with the acceptance of self, the situation, and the addiction. An individual accepts there is an unhealthy relationship being formed by codependent behaviours; by identifying the symptoms, behaviours and scenarios. Lastly, an individual must accept that work must begin to work on an action plan and sexual boundaries. address their own patterns of unhealthy sexual behaviours. These changes include communication, addressing active addiction/alcohol abuse, and remaining trust within active recovery.
For information on our Sex Addiction Treatment, please give us a call at 1-855-787-2424, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to help you.
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