Sex addiction results from an uncontrollable desire to engage in sexual acts or thoughts. The extreme preoccupation with sex can negatively impact the quality of one’s life. An individual may engage in a wide variety of sexual behaviors, including compulsive masturbation, pornography, or ritualistic sexual acts. One may be overly consumed by thoughts and images related to sex and find difficulty maintaining intimacy with others. Relationships with loved ones often become damaged. Feelings of guilt and shame frequently accompany sex addiction. It is estimated that nearly 12 million people in the United States struggle with sex addiction.
Pornography addiction (porn addiction) often occurs in those who have a sexual compulsion. Individuals may be consumed with viewing sexually erotic images for hours at a time. Frequently, the intensity of these images escalates or internet relationships are established to satisfy the desire. For some men, this may even lead to porn induced erectile dysfunction.
Sex addiction is a complex disorder involving the mind and body, as well as environmental influences. An individual’s genetic makeup may predispose them for impulse and reward seeking behavior, which is common in those with sex addiction. Sex addiction also involves brain physiology, specifically that related to motivation, learning and behavior. Lastly, one’s childhood experiences and social environment may influence the development of sex addiction. Understanding and identifying the triggers of sex addiction is an important aspect of treatment. Other mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression commonly accompany sex addiction. These issues must be addressed for successful treatment.
Love addiction is associated with sex addiction and often encompasses a fear of rejection, a strong desire for love, and difficulty establishing trust with others. Struggling with sex and love addiction can often feel overwhelming and treatment may seem impossible. However, at Evolutions Behavioral Health, we believe that recovery is possible with the appropriate therapy.
Sex Addiction Treatment, Porn Addiction Treatment and Love Addiction Treatment
Dr. Mazzei’s philosophy is to work collaboratively with individuals to develop customized and confidential treatment. She aims to create a nonjudgmental and supportive space in which to explore your issues and create positive changes. Engaging in psychotherapy with an addiction counselor has been shown to be an effective treatment for sex addiction, love addiction and porn addiction. The goal of psychotherapy is to help individuals identify the causes of their addiction, to develop the necessary skills to cope with their addiction and other mental health issues, to establish relapse prevention strategies and to foster positive life changes. Participating in therapy helps facilitate appropriate changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior and can help to treat the devastating effects of sex addiction, love addiction and pornography addiction. Dr. Mazzei also incorporates lifestyle guidance, so you not only overcome your addiction but can also go on to lead a healthy life.
Treatment components may include: