ARISE® Sex Addiction Intervention
Sex addiction is the compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity. Despite negative consequences, those suffering from this addiction are not able to stop. Often, those with a sex addiction are unable to control their sexual behaviors, urges, and thoughts.
A Misunderstood Addiction
Sex addiction can often be misunderstood. Like many other process addictions (such as gambling, gaming, or shopping) can often go unnoticed and undiagnosed for long periods of time. As sexual behaviors become more obsessive, they become more disruptive. Additionally, these habits may cause severe damage to one’s life. Hiding the repercussions may be impossible for the person suffering from the addiction.
Sex addiction affects both men and women. The person suffering may feel embarrassed and shameful. Sex addiction, even more than other addictions, often goes hand-in-hand with excessive lying. Covering up actions that the addicted individual may otherwise be ashamed of, can become a top priority. Our specialized Certified ARISE® Interventionists can assist your loved one, and your family to get the help they need to heal. Rebuilding trust is possible.
Sex addicts, like many other addicts, are often survivors of past trauma. When someone survives a terrible event, they seek ways to soothe themselves. Sometimes drugs or alcohol are the substance of choice. However, in some cases, particularly if sexual trauma occurs in youth), some turn to obsessive-compulsive sexual behavior.
If your loved one is regularly using sex or sexual behavior as a way to avoid uncomfortable emotions, they more than likely qualify as a sex addict.
Signs of Sex Addiction
Unfortunately, by the time most sex addicts reach out for help, there are already profound consequences at play. Your loved one may already see profound negative life consequences directly related to their sexual behavior. These may include relationship losses, trouble at work or school, STDs/STIs, arrest, financial loss, public humiliation, and more. Similarly, as with other addictions, their behavior continues despite serious negative consequences.
Common signs of sex addiction include:
- excessive sexual engagement
- dangerous sexual practices
- excessively viewing online pornography
- illegal behavior, indecent communications
- secretive behavior
- compulsive masturbation
Help IS Available
If your loved one appears to be struggling with sex addiction, an ARISE® Sex Addiction Intervention can be an effective way to get your loved one and your family the help they need. Our specialized Certified ARISE® Interventionists are here to help you and your loved one wherever they may be in their addiction. Your loved one does NOT have to reach “rock bottom” to before they can seek help.
ARISE® gets over 83% of individuals into treatment within three weeks, 96% into treatment within six months and 61% in recovery by the end of the year. Your Certified ARISE® Interventionist will help you select a treatment facility that serves those with sex addiction and fits the needs of your loved one.
Once your loved one enters treatment, your Certified ARISE® Interventionist will continue working with you and your family throughout a six-month period. He or she will work with your loved one, your family, the treatment facility, and other treating professionals to determine the appropriate next steps for the next phase of their recovery.