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SEX & PORN ‘ADDICTION’

Many people struggle with feeling that they have an ‘addiction’ to sex or porn.  It can feel that way when your thoughts and urges to have sex or view porn seem nearly impossible to control.  This experience is also referred to as ‘hypersexuality’.

The terms ‘sex addiction’ and ‘porn addiction’ are originally from the ’12 step models’ of addiction recovery.  Many therapists and treatment programs use this addiction model and this language as a way to help people better understand and take responsibility for their behaviours.

One potential problem with this approach for some is that it calls for complete ‘abstinence’ from most sexual activity. Many people find this to be an unrealistic goal and it prevents them from seeking treatment.

 

Understanding Treatment for Hypersexuality

The medical field, including Psychiatry, refers to this issue as ‘hypersexuality’.  Treatment programs in this field are generally based on ‘harm reduction’ principles and are focused on helping people to develop skills to make decisions about their behaviour that are less harmful and are based on each individual’s goals, rather than a ‘standard’ expectation of ‘sexual sobriety’.

My approach to treatment is based upon medical / psychological interventions that have been developed to assist people with reaching their own personal goals.

My treatment is focused on helping people to clarify what they truly value in their lives, such as intimate relationships, employment, social connections or financial freedom.

Once this has been made clear, we will decide together if your sexual behaviours are helping you to stay connected with these values, or if they are preventing you from developing the relationship that you desire.

Finally, treatment strategies are developed to assist you to reach your goals.  Your motivation to make healthier decisions for yourself comes from the values you have identified.

Take the First Step Toward Change Today.

“Man is free the instant he wants himself to be.”

– Voltaire –
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