Using Sex and Drugs to Feel in Control
If you are struggling with a sex and drug addiction, it can be very challenging to get over the addiction without getting professional treatment. Addictions to sex and drugs are often more about the need to feel a sense of control over at least one aspect of a life that has proven to be overwhelming and otherwise difficult. It is important to understand the root causes of the addictive behaviors in order to benefit from treatment for sex and drug addictions.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Addiction
The majority of addictions have similar symptoms. While the symptoms of sex addiction may vary greatly from drug and alcohol addictions in terms of physical effects, the behavioral similarities will be noticeable. Signs of addiction will include the following:
- Mood swings that could be extreme
- Disrupted sleeping patterns
- Disruptions in energy levels
- Changes in physical appearance that could include weight gain and weight loss
- Obvious secrecy about behaviors
- Lying and resorting to petty theft in order to fund the addictive behaviors
- Financial difficulties
- Withdrawing from social and family events
- Uncharacteristic aggression, depression, and even potentially violent behavior
- Unexplained absences
- Unexplained illnesses that could be related to a weakened immune system or as the result of unsafe sexual encounters
- Paraphernalia associated with addictive behaviors
A sexual addiction can be just as dangerous as an addiction to drugs and alcohol. As with all addictions, a sexual addiction is progressive in nature. This means that addicts need to seek out riskier behaviors in order to maintain the euphoria and sense of control that they have been seeking.
Mental illness can play a huge role in any addiction. There is a strong correlation between depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and addiction. These mental illnesses can leave people feeling as though they have zero control over their lives and emotions. The introduction of an addiction can offer an effective but temporary means of self-medicating in order to gain just a bit of a sense of control. There is no reason to delay the treatment of your sexual addiction. Your treatment will include learning healthier methods of gaining control of your life, because as your addiction progresses your life will feel increasingly out of control.
Getting Sex Addiction Treatment
Call our 24 hour toll-free helpline to speak in complete confidence with one of our knowledgeable counselors. Our counselors can provide you with the answers you may have about the sex addiction and drug addiction recovery process.
We also recognize that verifying your available insurance coverage for mental health might just be one of the last things on your mind as you try to cope with your addiction. With this in mind our team of professionals will be able to verify benefits to take just one more item off of your to-do list. Call us today to find out how recovery programs benefit you and help to restore a sense of control to your life.
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