The amount of time you require depends on the severity of your sex or love addiction.
All programmes we offer are entirely residential in nature meaning you must live within the rehab centre during your treatment programme.
Sex addiction is also known as ‘intimacy disorder’ or ‘intimacy malfunction.’ This means sufferers cannot maintain a healthy intimate relationship with another.
Sex addicts are constantly preoccupied with thinking about sex. There exists a fine line between merely having too much sex and developing an addiction to sex.
The latter is marked by an inability to control the impulse to have sex with strangers Sex addiction is a type of Impulse Control Disorder (ICD), which is itself classed as a ‘behavioural disorder’.
Sufferers of sex addiction compulsively meet strangers for sexual encounters, even when faced with serious consequences such as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and a breakdown in the marriage.
Studies reveal around 7% of men and 4% of women will suffer from sex addiction in their lifetime.
Some of the more common signs and symptoms of sex addiction include:
Thankfully with the right amount of therapy and counselling, sex addiction is highly treatable. When patients enter a sex addiction rehabilitation centre a full psychiatric assessment takes places.
This assessment determines whether any underlying anxiety and depression or substance misuse exist. Rehab then begins with a highly structured therapy and counselling regime conducted in group or one-to-one sessions.
Cognitive behavioural therapy helps patients identify thoughts and emotions that encourage sex addiction. Patients then substitute these thoughts for healthier alternatives. Rehab may also include ‘12 step’ teachings.
Following rehab, patients are encouraged to attend Sex Addicts Anonymous groups in their local area.
Counselling and therapy sessions aim to raise patients’ self-esteem as well as treat their underlying depression and/or anxiety. Patients are armed with strategies to help them reduce and manage the impulsion to have sex.
Patients are taught how to form healthy loving relationships with others whilst establishing clear emotional and sexual boundaries.
Love addiction is also known as a ‘detachment disorder’. Love addiction sufferers commonly base their self-worth on their relationship with their significant offers. Love addiction is characterised by severe approval seeking and a vulnerability to manipulation. Love addiction is often accompanied by co-dependency.
Love addicts feel worthless when not in a relationship and often subject themselves to an abusive in their relationship. Love addiction may co-occur with sex addiction explained above.
Love addicts may have many partners over a short period of time. This is because their partners often terminate the relationship because of the love addicts’ controlling behaviour and unreasonable jealousy.
Love addicts are typically addicted to the feeling of perceived emotional stability the relationship brings. Love addiction is often a result of neglect during childhood.
Whilst a sex addiction is more about compulsive behaviours, love addiction is more about the emotional needs of the sufferer. Women are much more likely to suffer from love addiction than are men.
Love addiction is typically marred by a cycle of breaking up with the sufferer’s partner and getting back together despite instances of sexual and/or physical abuse.
Love addiction is treated in rehabilitation by offering a highly structured regime of counselling and therapy sessions. Patients take part in group or one-to-one sessions conducted by a therapist.
Rehabs also make use of ancient holistic therapies. These therapies help patients deal with their emotions in ways not involving love addiction. Holistic therapies include Reiki, reflexology, yoga, mindfulness meditation, art therapy and music therapy.
Our sex and love addiction rehabilitation programme is available to NHS and privately paying patients. We also accept payment by way of a medical insurance policy.
Learn more about sexual addiction screening here.