It is estimated that 13 million adults, in the US alone, are affected by sexual addiction. Perhaps one of the least understood addictions, addicts suffer profound shame and eventually every aspect of their lives is adversely affected. Below are some potential signs that you, or someone you know, might have a sexual addiction.
It was reported in 2021 that over 130 million people visit one of the main pornography websites every day. Why is porn addictive? Naturally occurring pleasure chemicals are released into the brain when someone views sexually charged images and has a release. It follows that whenever someone is depressed, angry, lonely, tired, feeling unloved, rejected or even simply uncomfortable, they may use sex and/or pornography to activate this "pleasure system high." The internet has been a game changer for the pornography industry and addiction is the natural byproduct of unchecked access and repetition. A progressive addiction, the more that is consumed the deeper the shame and the more embedded the cycle can be for the addict. Eventually every aspect of life will be negatively affected. Below are some potential signs that you, or someone you know, might have a problem with pornography.
Addict Recovery Sessions
These sessions focus specifically on the sex addict or intimacy anorexic’s sobriety and behavior. Together we will look deeply into the many complex effects of the addiction on the addict’s life. The addict or intimacy anorexic will work towards learning to "live life on life's terms" by learning effective and powerful coping skills.
These same-gender, coach-facilitated workgroups focus on the recovering addict. Topics covered include cycles of addiction, intimacy anorexia®, the impact of trauma on addiction, integration of the 12-step model, anger, relapse, grief, disclosure of behaviors to the partner, the impact of the addict’s behavior on the partner, and more. Addicts will benefit from feedback from the other members of the group, fellowship and supporting one another throughout recovery. Workgroups are once a week. - limited to 8 individuals per group.