What Makes Group Therapy Successful On The Road To Recovery?

Group therapy is a common component of many addiction therapies and recovery programs. For people dealing with sex addiction, it may help develop a deeper understanding of the issues and the circumstances surrounding them.  Group therapy can be useful at every stage of recovery. But its value can be especially apparent during the later stages […]

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Common Triggers Of A Sex Addiction Relapse: Things To Avoid

People going through recovery often have to deal with numerous challenges and obstacles along the way. The road to recovery can be long and arduous, and it can be difficult to stay the course. People dealing with sex addiction often come across triggers that threaten to undermine their progress and cause a relapse into old […]

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How Do You Heal Love Addiction?

Love addiction is characterized by a chronic and compulsive desire for romantic love. In some, it may be characterized by the excessive pursuit of love to the extent that it has a detrimental effect on the person’s life. For most people, love addiction stems from a desire to derive a sense of security or self-worth […]

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Are There Withdrawal Symptoms For Sex Addiction?

Like food and sleep, sex is a basic physiological need. Even Maslow’s hierarchy places it in the same category as breathing. Hence, it is not uncommon for individuals, male or female, to seek satisfaction from it. It’s essential, though, to note that wanting sex and being sexually addicted are not one and the same. Sex […]

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When Does Loving Sex Become A Sex Addiction?

There are lots of reasons to love sex. Studies show that it triggers the release of endorphins and oxytocins in the brain. Endorphins keep people from being irritable and feeling depressed, while oxytocins make people calm and content. Sex also alleviates stress by reducing the release of cortisol and adrenaline. Improved quality of sleep, stronger […]

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Signs of Sex Addiction

There are emotional and physical signs that indicate the likelihood of a sex addiction. But first, here’s a question. What exactly is a “sex addict”? What Determines If You Are A “Sex Addict”? One peer-reviewed article in World Psychology outlines a possible definition for the disorder: “It is characterized by a persistent pattern of failure […]

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First Steps To Overcoming Sex Addiction

When you first learn how to walk, there are two important stages: propulsion and balance. You take action and ensure the action continues. Taking the first steps as a sex addict is like learning how to walk. You’re motionless at first. You consider how to take action. You accept that you need to move. You […]

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Why Is Sex Addiction So Hard To Overcome?

The road to recovery isn’t easy for anyone. Sex addicts have an incredibly difficult road ahead of them because sex is everywhere. It’s the underlying theme in movies, the smirk behind jokes, and the tease in commercials. After all, sex sells, right? Even when the person has confronted their addiction and sought treatment, triggers are […]

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Sex Addiction is Not About the Sex – Here’s Why

Sex addiction is widely recognized in media and society. However, most people don’t truly understand what it is or how it impacts others. Many think that sexual addicts are in it just for the sex, others believe it’s just a show for attention, but sex addiction actually has nothing to do with sex itself. It […]

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Polygraphs? Probably Not!

On occasion I’m asked if I use polygraphs in my work as a sexual addiction therapist.  Polygraph requests are typically made by betrayed partners when trust in their relationship has been damaged. I believe that trust is only re-established by seeing behavior that is consistent with words and intention over time.  Polygraphs may appear promising […]

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