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Tips for Coping with Social Obligations in Sex Addiction Recovery

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For any type of addiction recovery, certain situations can be full of triggers and you need to be prepared to handle any issues that come up in different scenarios. For people that suffer from sex addiction, social obligations can lead to a lot of stress as they try to cope with the many feelings and desires that can be brought up when they are at parties, weddings or other types of gatherings. People in recovery are used to structure and routine to help manage their symptoms and social obligations are often unpredictable situations that can cause problems. For someone with a sex addiction, parties with alcohol could have led to reckless behavior and casual sex with strangers in the past. People in recovery from sex addiction need to learn strategies to help them deal with the types of social triggers that could potentially lead to relapse. Here are some tips for handling social obligations while still remaining abstinent 1. Make sure to keep close friends around Feeling of loneliness can often trigger people with sex addiction so it is important to stay connected with people you know and feel comfortable around at a social gathering. If you have a few…

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The Sexual Recovery Institute

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The Sexual Recovery Institute was a program in Los Angeles for individuals suffering from sex addiction that offered its services for more than two decades. The treatment center, however, ceased operations in July 2015 and transitioned much of their staff and patients to other programs. The Sexual Recovery Institute or SRI became a very prominent and highly sought after program nationally for people in need of help with their addiction problems. The program specialized in sex and intimacy disorders including love addiction and sex addiction and offered gender specific programs to encourage healthy sexuality. Prior to closing its doors, SRI was one of the longest running, premier outpatient programs for men and women with these types of disorders. Although the treatment program was successful for a number of years, its closing reflects the growing availability of options for sex addiction treatment and different types of programs that cater to people suffering from related issues. Over time many patients felt they fared better in long term residential treatment centers and preferred having access to more extensive counseling for complex issues with trauma. As an intensive two week outpatient program, the Sexual Recovery Institute was not equipped for the long term residential…

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Sex Addiction Counseling in Palm Springs

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A person struggling with sex addiction may feel a lot of shame and powerlessness. They may have tried to stop certain sexual activities, or not have affairs, or stop masterbating or viewing pornography, but end up relapsing as the drive is too strong.  This hopelessness can cause someone to retreat into fantasy, that ends up inflaming the desire for sex, creating a vicious cycle. If you have tried to stop unwanted or inappropriate sexual activity on your own, treatment from a sex addiction center can offer the encouragement, and resources to truly heal. Working through a program for people addicted to sex can help you get control over your desires, to say no to sexual impulses when you want to or when there are negative consequences, and learn how to form real, emotionally connecting relationships that may or may not have a sexual component. Signs You May Need Sex Addiction Counseling Wanting to have sex, in and of itself, is a normal part of being human. However, like any good thing, sex can create serious problems if taken to an extreme. People with sex addictions may have multiple affairs and casual sexual encounters, masterbate several times a day, or engage in…

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How to Get Help for Sex Addiction

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Many people experience their sex drive as one of the strongest they have. Few things can inflame emotions, passion, and desires as sexuality, and millions of songs, movies, and advertisements have expressed and exploited this desire that is a very normal part of being human. However, for some, this interest in sex can go too far, feeling out of control and being acted in destructive, unwanted ways. According to the National Council on Sexual Addiction Compulsivity, around 6%-8% of Americans are sex addicts. That is between 18 million and 24 million people, both men and women, LGBT and hetrosexual. If you find their desires for sex get so overwhelming that you have engaged in risky, harmful, or undesirable behaviors just to meet you compulsive cravings, feeling overwhelming shame will not help. Counseling that is non judgemental yet rigorously honest can help you point the way to a better way to control your desires and be sexual as only one part of your complex and full personality. Residential Sex Addiction Rehab The good news is that sexual addiction can be managed. Unwanted behaviors can be resisted, and your sexual drive can be redirected and coped with in ways that don’t involve…

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Sex Addiction Rehab

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Sexuality is a normal part of being human. Like all living creatures, reproduction is a normal and natural part of ensuring something of yourself will be left in the world after you are gone. For humans, sex is also deeply loaded with emotional power, and is one of the strongest ways to bond with and express love for someone else. That is why almost everyone experiences intense sexual desire at certain moments. It is nothing to be ashamed of, not “dirty” or “immoral,” but something you can adapt to. However, for some people, the desire may feel like something out of control. It can become an obsession, to the point that the drive for sex superseeds all other needs or motivations. People with a sex addiction problem may engage in sexual activity compulsively, with little thought of attachment to the partner or even their own pleasure. The drive to satisfy their sexual cravings get so strong they engage in high-risk behavior, such as having unprotected sex with multiple strangers. If your sexual behavior or drives get to become something that is difficult to control, or that you find yourself getting into against your own desires, healing is possible. The highly-trained…

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Sex Rehab for Meth Addicts

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A lot of people think about addiction only in terms of substance abuse, and think “recovery” means discontinuing taking the substance. The truth is often much more complicated. Addiction to a substance may be caused by or contributing to other addictions or mental health issues. Co-occurring disorders are a very common phenomenon of multiple challenges that should be treated at the same time, because they affect each other. Sex rehab for meth addicts looks to address the dual conditions that can be impacting a patient’s health. Addicted to Meth and Sex: Meth addiction and sex addiction are two common addictions that are coupled together. Elements behavioral health reported that 87 percent of male sex addicts were also addicted to a drug. With a known reputation as a “sex drug,” crystal methamphetamine can raise both men’s and women’s sex drives to aggressive levels, while also increasing the user’s drive to engage in sexual activity obsessively. Higher energy levels can cause meth users to engage in vigorous sexual activity that can last much longer than normally, with the two activities combining into something that quickly becomes dangerously compulsive. In addition, the combination of a heightened sex drive and lower inhibitions can cause a…

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When Love Becomes Unhealthy: Dependency and Addiction

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Love is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and powerful emotions, as well as something we should strive for in our lives. With so many ideal portrayals of true love coming from all angles in the media, who wouldn’t want to find that one special soul mate? However, the pursuit of love can develop into an unhealthy compulsion– resulting in dependency, obsession, and ultimately, addiction. What is Love Addiction? Love addiction is, quite simply, an addiction to the feelings of love, or what you may perceive love to be. The rush of adrenaline or dopamine that you get from locking eyes with a certain someone, a first kiss or first sexual encounter with someone new, or the thrill of feeling like you may have found “the one” can all be incredibly intoxicating. But it’s when these experiences start to take an unhealthy level of control over your behaviors and actions that love addiction may develop. Obsession and Dependency A sign that you are suffering from love addiction is the pattern of obsession and dependency upon your relationships. Constantly jumping from one “whirlwind romance” to another isn’t actually that romantic– it’s incredibly harmful. By constantly throwing all of your…

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Separating Love from Addiction: Love Addiction Treatment Centers

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Love addiction is often rooted in childhood experiences. That’s why a great deal of the treatment is often focused on helping patients find ways to deal with those experiences. A successful treatment program eventually helps patients reduce the hold and power these experiences have over their behavior. In many cases, the whole point of the treatment is to eliminate harmful and destructive behaviors caused by love addiction or childhood incidents that triggered the addiction. Signs of Love Addiction Those who suffer from love addiction have a tendency to hold the object of their interest in high regard. While that’s not in itself an uncommon behavior, love addicts are solely devoted to the welfare and well-being of their loved one. They place a high priority on their significant other and exclude everything and everyone else. These types of behaviors can lead to obsessive, controlling behavior that isn’t healthy and cause emotional damage to both parties. It also isn’t unheard of for love addicts to jump from one relationship to another or find themselves in multiple relationships because of their inability to deal with love in a way that’s healthy on an emotional and psychological level. Treatment Options Therapy is a sound…

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Understand The Signs of Crystal Meth Addiction

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The roots of addiction can run deep, and if you’ve experienced their effects–either first-hand or via the struggles of a loved one–you know that they can take hold quickly, and seem almost impossible to break free from. When it comes to various drugs and their effects, WebMD says that crystal meth is one of the hardest addictions to treat, due to the nature of its powerful effects. If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from addiction and may be using crystal meth, it’s important to understand the signs of crystal meth addiction. Here are some warning signs worth monitoring. Changes in Appearance If your loved one is abusing or has become addicted to crystal meth you’re likely to notice some very unpleasant physical changes. Weight loss and frailness, tremors, convulsions and a sagging, droopy-looking face are all possible indicators of crystal meth use. Some more serious and disturbing signs are rotting teeth, facial sores, and raw, bleeding skin from the effects of continuous scratching and picking. Behavioral Changes Crystal meth addicts may appear “tweaked”, that is, exhibiting rapid speech and movement. Their eye movement may be rapid, as well. They may appear to be incredibly itchy, frequently scratching…

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Sex and Meth Addiction: Causes, Effects, and Recovery

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Sex addiction is a debilitating and potentially life-altering struggle that you might already be familiar with. It can affect your friendships, romantic relationships, and if you are having reckless, unprotected sex, your health can be at risk as well. But what you might not realize is sex and meth addiction often go hand in hand. When you combine the two, they work together to draw you into an insidious downward spiral. Short-Term Effects Perhaps you’ve heard about the effects of crystal meth when used to enhance sex, or perhaps you’ve already started using in order to experience those benefits for yourself. When you use crystal meth the levels of dopamine in your brain spike, which causes a highly addictive level of euphoria. This euphoria can lead to an increased libido, as well as increased levels of stamina. This higher drive for sex, coupled with the ability to keep the experience lasting longer, is what makes your sexual encounters falsely feel as if they’ve been kicked into overdrive. The dopamine can also cause you to have lowered inhibitions and when coupled with arousal, can lead to you to make reckless choices when it comes to sex. Seeking out new and anonymous…

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