Many sex addicts try therapy first. Although it may be appropriate for some sexual problems, conventional forms of psychotherapy alone don’t address sexual addiction effectively. It has long been understood that addictions in general- drugs, alcohol, gambling and so on- are different and require “treatment.”
Treatment vs. therapy
What’s the difference? In the simplest terms, therapy is more about insight into why you do certain things and feel certain ways; treatment is more about “follow these instructions and complete these tasks and you’ll end up in a better place.” Treatment often takes place in programs and most of them use a range of inter-disciplinary of interventions.
But both treatment and therapy can take place in any setting from an outpatient therapist’s office to a residential treatment program. Certified sex addiction therapists practice “treatment” in their private practices. So when I refer to “therapy” I’m talking about the traditional kinds of therapy that do not deal specifically with sex addiction.
Here are some reasons to try treatment first