Misconceptions about Interventions for Sex Addicts

Category : Getting Help

Misconceptions about Interventions for Sex AddictsIf you have a friend or family member who is addicted to sex, you likely see the pattern of destruction that the addiction causes both to the addict and his loved ones. You may worry that he will suffer serious consequences from the addiction, such as trouble with the law, sexual assault or acquiring a sexually transmitted disease. Additionally, you may think you must do something, or you may already have tried to talk to the addict. If this is the case, consider holding an intervention, which means loved ones share their concerns with the addict to compel him into treatment.

Interventions for Sex Addicts

A common misconception about interventions is that they are only for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. However, an addictive substance need not be involved for an addiction to develop, because people can become addicted to a behavior such as sex. Multiple tests conducted over the years used brain scan technology to identify common characteristics of addicted brains, and these tests reveal that cravings for sex can function similarly to cravings for a drug. Furthermore, the dopamine released during sexual activity can satisfy the body much like a drug does.

Addicts share common traits regardless of their specific addictions. One trait that virtually all addicts share is denying the extent of or even existence of a problem. In these cases, an intervention is an incredibly effective tool for breaking denial and allowing addicts to acknowledge the damage their addictions cause.

Are Interventions Hostile?

Another common misconception about interventions is that they are hostile affairs, but this is simply not the case. The Intervention Center sums it up quite well: “…the little that is ‘known’ about interventions is too often simplistic, distorted, incorrect, overstated, understated or misconceived. For example, the public generally believes an intervention to be an aggressive, intrusive attack of some kind, rather than being, as it truly should be, the kindest and most loving thing family and friends can do. Unfortunately, some are intrusive attacks. Increasingly, however, interventions emphasize love and concern rather than blaming or name calling.” Often the love and concern expressed by family members will move an addict more powerfully to treatment than any argument or shouting match.

Help Finding a Professional Interventionist for Sex Addiction

Sex addiction can be a destructive behavior that causes insurmountable problems both for addicts and their families. Professionals can treat sex addiction, but it can be difficult to convince a sex addict to enter treatment. To counter this, an intervention can be an excellent tool for convincing someone to get the help he needs.

Interventions run most smoothly when conducted by a professional. If you would like help finding a professional interventionist, or if you have questions about sex addiction or treatment, please call our toll-free helpline today. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer all your questions and to help you find the treatment that can help.