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Sex Addiction: Experts, Addict Share How to Manage Behavior

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Today tens of thousands of recovering sex addicts live healthy lives. But at the root of treatment is understanding what makes sex addiction different and why some people are more prone to this type of disorder than others.

"Underlying any addiction is really an intimacy disorder," says Robert Weiss, founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles.

Addict Dean says, "Addiction and dysfunction and co-dependency was rampant in my family."

"This is a very shame-based disorder, nobody wants to have it and nobody wants to have the kinds of family issues that can lead to it."

"I was compelled to keep doing it even though the benefits weren't happening anymore, the physical high the emotional high."

It wasn't until Angela almost lost her children that she realized she had a real problem. For Dean, he got so distraught he tried to kill himself until he got help. "For someone to point to something and say 'this is the problem' was freeing for me at first."

Addict Rob says, "One of the things that I consistently misconstrued by the public around addiction is this idea that it's an excuse. I do not say you're an addict as an excuse for bad behavior."

Angela adds, "Once I reached out for help I found out I was not alone and I could get the support I need to behave differently."

The therapists and addicts we spoke with all agree that the popularity of internet pornography has had a huge impact on sex addiction. For spouses, partners and family members affected by this disorder - help is also available for you.

Contact information: 

Sexual Recovery Institute, SRI – Founder, Rob Weiss
Call 877-959-4114

Steve Boyd-- M.Div., MS, MFT Intern, LADC, CSAT
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Reno, NV

12 Step Meetings
Sex Addicts Anonymous

Sexaholics Anonymous of Reno and Northern Nevada

Treatment/Inpatient Centers
The Elements, Los Angeles, CA
The Ranch, Nunnelly, Tennessee

Written by Andi Guevara

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