2 thoughts on “Sex Addiction Treatment: Addressing Hypersexual Behavior in a Rehab Setting

  • September 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Very interesting. It sounds like everything is possible for treatment once sobriety is achieved.This does beg the question about sobriety, though. Carnes’ data indicates that Sexaholics Anonymous was found helpful by 85% of sex addicts. SA has a very narrow definition of sobriety – far more narrow than the definition you posit here. Other 12-step programs were found by Carnes’ analysis to be far less helpful. Yet the sobriety definition adopted here is not SA’s. How come? Is the SA definition of no sex with self or partners outside of marriage just too rigorous and unachievable in real life? One wonders then why SA was rated more helpful than other 12-step groups.Thank you again for your ongoing series.

  • September 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    If I had it to do over, when I had discovery, I would have given my husband a choice: residential treatment or divorce. The therapists that we ended up with downplayed residential treatment as far as it’s effectiveness in treating the addict. To me, the benefit of residential treatment would be preventing things from getting worse. As it was, he had therapy once every two weeks, and in between, was lashing out at me for our problems.


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