Stimulant Abuse and Sex Addiction

Category : Sex Addiction Information

Stimulant Abuse and Sex AddictionAddiction is a complex disease that often expresses itself in seemingly unrelated ways. The same underlying psychological disorder may manifest as substance abuse and a behavioral compulsion at the same time. In some cases one may provoke the other and in other cases both are the result of another deeper disorder. Behavioral disorders such as sex addiction are driven by the release of “feel good” chemicals in the brain. Drugs such as the stimulants cocaine and amphetamine are similarly driven by these same underlying chemical responses.

Successfully Treating Co-Occurring Sex and Stimulant Addiction

Sex addiction often leads to co-occurring substance abuse as the addict self-medicates the shame, anxiety, and fear their behavioral compulsion causes. The two disorders become wound up around each other. Lasting recovery requires the careful treatment of all aspects of the addict’s mental health. This often involves any or all of the following therapeutic techniques:

  • Careful and thorough diagnosis of any and all co-occurring disorders
  • Personal counseling
  • Education about the functioning of addiction
  • Support group meetings
  • Medically supervised detox
  • Coping skill development and practice
  • The development of healthy interests and habits that distract the brain from its need for gratification
  • Ongoing accountability

This process can be extremely challenging, but with the proper help freedom from both sex addiction and chemical dependency can be realized. For many people the most effective treatment happens during extended residential or inpatient treatment programs. These programs offer a safe, comfortable, and engaging place where the new coping skills can be developed and practiced. By removing access to sexually explicit materials, the sex addict is able to detox for an extended period of time.

Outpatient treatment is available for some addicts as well. A specially-trained intake counselor can help you determine which type of treatment is right for you.

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Feel free to call any time, day or night, and we will help you find freedom from these terrible diseases. Don’t let shame or embarrassment prevent you from seeking the help you need. Call now and let us help you take your first steps toward healing.