In the beginning assessment is of the highest importance as identifying the specific behaviours are critical.
The Treatment process generally includes a combination of individual, and couple work (if in a relationship). Key tasks for sex addiction recovery include breaking through denial and learning about the addiction process.
Much of the work in these first tasks are designed to help establish stability for the addict and his or her family. For instance, it is not uncommon for the addict to continue to minimise or deny the extent, frequency and/or damage caused by the sexual acting out.
In addition, addicts must recognise the people, places, emotional states, and relational dynamics that trigger them into the addictive process and which need to be avoided or more effectively managed. If one’s primary form of acting out is via the Internet, computer usage can be limited to certain times or places and filtering or monitoring software can be used. A detailed plan of action for recovery also needs to be created. This plan can be shared with one’s partner or family as part of an overall process of restoring relational trust.
Couples therapy is also an essential part of recovery. A spouse or partner may fail to see the need for his or her involvement. Initially, the goal of couples therapy is to stabilise the relationship and help the spouse work through the trauma they have experienced. The ultimate goal is to establish a desired level of intimacy, both sexually and non-sexually. An important goal is to help the couple restore trust in the relationship.
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This in no means is just a couples scenario. If you are a single person looking for help with sex addiction the treatment process will involve us working on general relationships, trust and include future intimacy if this is required.