Sex addiction, also known as hypersexual disorder, is a condition manifested by fantasies that consume excessive amounts of time and affects many components of a person’s life. Sex addiction damages relationships with loved ones. Hypersexual behavior interferes with family time, destroys marriages, and creates financial hardships. The urge for sexual gratification takes priority over responsibilities, special events, and can affect job performance.
A person with a sex addiction will pursue gratification at any cost through pornography, online sex forums, prostitution, or sex hotlines. Sex addiction lacks an emotional and intimate component and fulfills a psychological need to relieve depression, anxiety, or tension. Treatment for sex addiction explores any underlying psychological problems and develops coping strategies to recognize triggers and avoid them.
Hypersexual activities can be detrimental to physical and mental health. A person with a sexual addiction can be exposed to sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, HPV, Chlamydia, hepatitis, and syphilis. While some of these diseases can be treated, there is a risk of long-term effects or even death.
A person’s promiscuous behavior can cause shame, guilt, and remorse and lead him or her to use drugs or alcohol to deaden unpleasant feelings. This increases the risk of developing a drug or alcohol addiction. Dangerous, compulsive behavior from sex addiction fuels the need for more sexual encounters and sexual outlets.
Addictive behaviors are often fueled by underlying mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Many people turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to escape reality. Any person who suffers from an addiction and a mental health condition can be treated for a dual diagnosis. A mental health condition is treated to ensure the success of treatment for the addictive behavior.
Understanding psychological and emotional issues will help reveal reasons for the unhealthy relationship to sex. In treatment, the patient learns to redirect these feelings into healthy behavior and view sex as an intimate, loving activity. Treatment will help heal relationships with loved ones through individual counseling and group therapy.
Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in treatment for sex addiction and addictive behaviors with a mind, body, and spiritual approach to therapy. Cypress Lakes Lodge is committed to the overall health and successful recovery of every client. If you or a loved one is battling a sex addiction, get help now. You can start a new, healthy lifestyle and enjoy sexual intimacy without engaging in harmful sexual behavior. Make the call today.
Cypress Lakes Lodge offers treatment for substance addiction, addictive behavior, dual diagnosis, and mental health conditions in a serene, remote, lush-green environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy, sober, sustainable relationships. Call us to get started: 877-938-1577