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Sexual Addiction Treatments

(Also Known As: Sex Addict Treatments, Sexaholic Treatments, Sexual Impulses Treatments)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Sexual Addiction Treatments are Available?

Most sex addicts are in denial of their addiction and the success of treatment is dependent on how the affected person accepts and admits their problem. Oftentimes it takes a significant event to occur, such as job loss, or break up of marriage, a health crisis, or an arrest, that will make a person realize and admit their sexual addiction problem. 9

The primary goal in treating sexual addiction is centered in managing the urges and reducing the excessive behavior, while maintaining a healthy sexual activity. Inpatient treatment is the most beneficial to those suffering from sexual addiction with other psychological disorders present or that may pose dangers to others. Intensive treatment is usually carried out whether the treatment is conducted either in an inpatient or outpatient basis. The common treatments employed for sexual addiction include:

Psychotherapy

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
    • Increases the awareness of unconscious thoughts and behaviors. It teaches the sex addict to develop new insights into motivations and resolves conflicts.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • It helps the sex addict identify unhealthy and negative beliefs and behavior and replace them with positive ones.
  • Group Therapy
    • Helps sex addicts to explore relationships and emotions with the guidance of a mental health professional, while meeting regularly with a group with the same condition.
  • Marriage Counseling and Family Therapy
    • Partners and family members are involved in the therapy since sexual addiction affects the entire family.

Medications

In the presence of accompanying depression and other disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder a combination of medications can help relieve some symptoms of sexual addiction.

  • Antidepressants
    • SSRIs such as fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline.
  • Anti-androgens
    • It inhibits the biological effects of the sex hormone androgen. They also help reduce sexual urges, sexual fantasies and erection. They are commonly prescribed for compulsive sexual behavior such as pedophilia.
  • Anti-anxiety drugs to relieve anxiety
  • Mood stabilizers

Could You Have Sexual Addiction?

Sexual Addiction Topics

Related Conditions

Drug Addiction – drug dependency, substance abuse, drug tolerance, withdrawal, intoxication, compulsion to use drugs, addiction
Gambling Addiction – compulsiveness to gamble, impulsive gambling, addiction, uncontrolled gambling, pathological gambling
Impulse Control Disorder – impulsiveness, compulsive behavior, kleptomania, pathological gambling, pyromania, obsessive compulsive
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – intrusive, repetitive thoughts, compulsiveness, obsessive personality, perfectionist
Paraphilias – persistent sexual interest, uncontrolled sexual behavior, pedophilias, sadism