Sex Addiction Treatment & Rehab
At Lumion, our mission is to offer hope and lasting relief to those who are suffering from sex addiction and all types of behavioral addictions.
Sex addiction is not a simple predisposition toward sexual activity for the sake of enjoyment or sharing pleasure with a partner. In other words, “Yes, I like sex”, does not describe the problem.
No, for the sex addict, sex has become a compulsion and an obsession; often to the exclusion of regular, productive behavior and can be extremely harmful to relationships.
- Sexual addiction is NOT about how often you have sex… it’s about WHY you have sex.
- Some 18 – 24 million men and women in the US are sex addicts.
- Nearly 50% of internet users regularly view pornography.
Sex addiction is what’s known as a “progressive intimacy disorder”, characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts; a state characterized by compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity, despite potential or actual negative consequences. As with so many addictions, these behaviors can have a negative impact on family and work relationships as the disorder progresses and, with time, the sex addict must intensify the addictive behavior to achieve the same results.
In our contemporary world, the easy availability of internet pornography has made sex addiction an increasingly lonely and inward-focused obsession.
The underlying reasons for compulsive sexual activity are almost universally psychological. Failing to address the mental health aspects of any type of compulsive behavior disorder makes it nearly impossible for treatments to work.
Sex addiction tends to be an impulse-driven obsessive behavior disorder that must be addressed by experienced behavioral medicine professionals.
Successful Treatment of Sex Addiction
We have made great strides in the treatment of behavioral addiction, using: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medications, our TMS affiliate experts work with, existential therapy, spiritual therapy, individual therapy, family/relational therapy.
There are different primary domains of sex addiction: impulse driven, obsessional driven, trauma driven, personality disorder driven, co-morbidity driven. Theories about the cause(s) of sex addiction range from a dysfunctional family life in childhood, to biochemical imbalances, to being sexually abused as a child, to the misdiagnoses of Obsessive Compulsion Disorder (OCD) as sex addiction.
Successful treatment protocols for sex addiction may include:
- Developing healthy coping skills so that unwanted emotions do not lead to impulsive behaviors
- Improving self-control through a series of exercises that put you in command of your actions
- Changing your lifestyle to avoid situations and possible triggers that may lead to compulsive sexual behavior
The behavioral medicine experts at Lumion offer a personalized treatment approach that addresses the underlying issues that lead to such compulsive behavior, to create a comprehensive plan that addresses an individual’s specific needs. Depending on your specific needs, you might find that some of these holistic approaches to treatment help you regain control of your life and make healthier decisions.
Located in Beverly Hills, California, the doctors and staff at Lumion Center are experts in behavioral therapy and medication management, offering a supportive therapeutic environment and personalized treatment plan for compulsive sexual behaviors that addresses your unique symptoms, as well as any underlying mental health issues that may be contributing to your condition.
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