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SEX ADDICTION: Craving Pleasure and Relief in the Present, Negative Outcomes in the Future, Inability to Quit…

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In American society where sex, like alcohol, is socially acceptable and encouraged, and sexual images proliferate, it becomes more challenging to distinguish between normal sexuality and excessive, or abnormal sexual behavior. Individuals are often confused about what exactly commitment means in a relationship as they enter chat rooms, view pornography, masturbate, interact with ‘friends with benefits,’ on Facebook, request sexual favors from a human on a webcam, frequent massage parlors for ‘happy endings,’ scope out possibilities for sex on the internet, chronically behave flirtatiously, and interact with virtual reality sex robots.

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“Sexual variety as the spice of life,” is embedded in the evolution of humankind. Emphatically, no form of sexual behavior in itself constitutes sex addiction. However, when sexual thoughts and behaviors interfere with personal, social and/or professional functioning, addiction is probable. The principal elements of sex addiction are the lack of ability one has in controlling the behavior and the harmful consequences of the sex behavior which continues despite negative outcome.

Sexual addiction is a syndrome in which some form of sex behavior relates to and negatively affects an individual’s life cognitively and behaviorally. Controversy exists among professionals as to whether the syndrome should be considered sexual addiction, sexual compulsion, hypersexual or possibly a symptom of another mental disorder. Whatever the name, the problem is the same, which includes behavior that is out of control and negatively affecting various aspects of an individual’s life!

The symptoms of sexual compulsivity, or if you prefer sexual addiction, may range from, ‘rub and tug’ at your favorite massage parlor, actively searching with your mobile device for ‘escort services’ in your neighborhood, searching for the Virtual Reality games that promote enjoyable and pleasing artificial liaisons, conjugating with a new hook-up at your favorite craft beer establishment, to surfing the net and masturbating to the today’s hottest porn.

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Denise T. Silbert RN,CNS,PHD,FACCS

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“Whatever the Name, the Problem is the Same, Which Includes Behavior that is Out of Control and Negatively Affecting Various Aspects of an Individual’s Life!”
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  • It is estimated that about 3-8 percent of Americans have a sexually addictive...
  • It is important to remember that unlike many other addictions that we can live without, for instance gambling or alcohol, sex is necessary for survival...
  • Whether spending hours on the computer finding increasingly better and varied pornography or searching the karaoke bars at night for a hot fling…
  • There is not a consensus on the definition of sex addiction. The medical models of hypersexual disorder...
  • The World Health Organization’s definition of a substance addiction is often applied at sex addiction treatment centers...
  • Compulsive behavior is often an expression of depression, anxiety, stress, negative thinking about one’s self and/or feelings of inadequacy…
  • Dr. Silbert works with an individual to stop the self abusive behavior by unraveling the origin and dynamics of destructive thinking and behaviors and understanding the underlying addictive process…
sexually compulsive, or hypersexual disorder, including both men and women from all walks of life. Numerous variations of sexual expression are considered within normal limits. “Normal” is often defined by socio-cultural standards that may or may not conflict with an individual’s unique sexual drive or proclivity for variance.
Innate biological genetics and chemicals intermingle with family, culture and society enabling an individual to create sexual scenarios satisfactory for the self within a wide range of normalcy. What is healthy sexual behavior for many people may become unhealthy for others in that it may be part of an addictive cycle. Many individuals can spend a weekend in Las Vegas gambling and drinking with an added sexual rendezvous with no adverse consequences, but for the addict severe problems may ensue.
over time the outcome is an individual who feels lousy about himself or herself. To escape from the negative feelings and thoughts, the obsessive-compulsive chase continues, hence the ability to momentarily displace the original undesirable emotion. The sexual tryst is not about the sexual gratification but most purposefully impulse gratification. As the sexual compulsion continues, generally it takes more time to find increasingly varied scenarios of sexual behavior to maintain the intensity of the “sexual high.” Once the conquest has been achieved and the brains chemical rush of transitory euphoria dissipated, the original negative emotion returns coupled with greater undesirable emotions attached to the repetitive behavior. This “cyclic behavioral syndrome” is the fuel for sexual addiction compensating for psychic pain.
obsessive/compulsive disorder and chemical dependency are most often cited as frameworks in attempts to categorize the sexual disorder of sex addiction. The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” The behaviors continue despite the potential risks to one’s self with regard to finances, relationships, and physical and mental health.
as a theoretical model to follow for intervention and treatment. Included in the addiction model are the concepts of tolerance (a change in the nature of the behavior to obtain the desired effect) and withdrawal (physiological and/or psychological symptoms when discontinuing the behavior). Unlike the goal in the treatment of chemical dependency, which is abstinence from use of all psychoactive substances, the therapeutic goal in sexual addiction is abstinence-only from compulsive sexual behavior and transition to healthy sexuality.
It follows that generally sexual compulsive behavior is the “acting out” of individual psychic distress. The out-of-control sexual behavior is most often a “secret”, intensifying fear and shame if the truth should be revealed!
Treatment for sex addiction is most effective when it encompasses a comprehensive approach bringing together a range of therapeutic concepts tailored to the individual. The addictive process entails an enduring, inordinately strong tendency to engage in some form of pleasure-producing behavior as a means of regulating effects or self-states that are painful and potentially overwhelming due to impaired self-psychic regulation. It is important for the person to recognize factors and situations associated with an increased risk of acting out sexually. Self-control of the addictive behaviors affords and potentiates understanding and working through of past psychological impediments which interfered with effective self-psychic regulation.

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Treatment involves controlling thoughts and most emphatically behavior.

Dr. Silbert works with an individual to stop the self-abusive behavior by unraveling the psychodynamics of destructive thinking. The establishment of a therapeutic relationship with Dr. Silbert assists in modulation of mood states and comprehension of aberrant thought processes promoting dysfunctional sexual behavior.

Therapy focuses on understanding the origin and nature of psychological distress to enhance the resolution of the conflict between self and others.

The primary goal of treatment is to enable an individual to understand the power one has to modify a negative sense of self, while promoting functional patterns of sexual behaviors.

Conquer self defeating sexual acts and thoughts in treatment with Dr. Silbert by learning how to replace destructive behaviors, negative thinking and painful emotions, hence supporting adaptive sexual functioning.