Individuals wrestling with behavioral addictions to activities such as gambling, shopping or sex often benefit from inpatient rehab in the same way that drug and alcohol addicts benefit from a similar removal from temptation and outside influences. These compulsions are the result of a deep-seated psychological disorder and lasting recovery requires detox and rehab just like any other addiction. The ease of access to sexually explicit material makes recovery difficult without separation, accountability and significant time dedicated solely to the recovery process.
Understanding Process or Behavioral Addictions
Sex addiction falls under the category of process addictions and can be every bit as dangerous as chemical dependency. A wide variety of human functions are controlled through the system of chemical signals in the brain. This system controls thousands of different aspects of human thought and behavior including the following:
- Hunger and thirst
- Sleeping and waking
- Optimism or negativity
- Danger response
- Correcting negative behaviors such as lying, stealing, cheating, etc
- Sexual response
Small boosts in brain chemicals such as dopamine, adrenaline or endorphins can provide a small-scale version of the same habit-forming euphoria as drugs like heroin create. For example the chemicals released during vigorous exercise will create an emotional or psychological draw to future exercise. While this normally results in a healthy lifestyle, some people can become compulsively addicted to exercise or any activity through this same chemical response.
Understanding Sex Addiction
Sex addiction functions like any process or behavioral addiction. Certain chemicals are released in the brain after sexual activity. These chemicals reinforce the behavior that led to their release. In some people this leads to an interest in healthy sexual activities, while others may find themselves struggling with an addiction to pornography, random hook-ups or prostitution. A tolerance to sexual activities may occur, and the addiction will require more frequent or more intense sexual experiences. If left untreated, sex addiction is destructive to relationships, finances and health.
The Benefits of Inpatient Rehabilitation for Sex Addiction
Avoiding the temptation to engage in addictive sexual behavior can be nearly impossible without complete removal from familiar faces and locations. Inpatient rehab offers patients a protected environment to begin their recovery. The elements of sex addiction treatment involve the following:
- Detox (ending the behaviors and associated chemical responses)
- Personal counseling
- Support group meetings
- Education to empower recovery
- Spiritual care
- Introduction to healthy alternative behaviors
Call for Help with Sex Addiction Today
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