The Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch has been one of the nation\u2019s leading residential sex and love addiction treatment programs. Located on a secluded 2,000-acre horse ranch outside Nashville, Tennessee, the Center provides state-of-the-art, highly structured and individualized treatment in a gender-separate environment. Sex and Love Addiction in Men Male sex addicts tend to act out in ways that damage themselves, their sexual partners and their loved ones. Whether addicted to affairs, prostitutes, casual hook-ups or solo masturbation with porn, male sex addicts tend to neglect life commitments or personal responsibilities in order to search for sex. Some use the intensity of sex, romance or porn in a misguided attempt to feel powerful or desired, or as a means of distraction, reward or escape. At The Ranch, our experienced treatment team not only provides the tools needed to eliminate concerning sexual behaviors, but we also encourage clients to \u201cdig deeper\u201d to answer questions like: Why do I have this problem? How can I love someone so much and yet hurt them at the same time? Why do I keep repeating the same problem behaviors over and over again? Characteristic concerns expressed by our male clients include: \tUsing people for sex without regard to the consequences \tThinking that sex or romance love \tLiving a double life of sexual lies and broken promises \tPersistent fear of being found out, contracting a disease or losing loved ones \tUsing seduction, sex or money to attract and hold onto relationships \tMultiple extramarital affairs \tCompulsive masturbation with or without pornography \tBeing sexually inappropriate with co-workers or clients \tBeing sexual in high-risk locations and\/or risky situations Sex and Love Addiction in Women We all want to be intimately known and appreciated by the people in our lives. The longing for healthy intimacy is part of being human and an essential part of being a woman. However, women with early life histories of emotional or physical abuse or neglect are especially vulnerable to addictive patterns and may have never learned the essential tools to honestly love and be loved as adults. It is not unusual for The Ranch to treat women who are secretly having affairs or casual sex, alongside others who are in an ongoing pursuit of romantic love. These very private and often shameful issues can be masked by more overt emotional health concerns such as alcohol and drug addictions, eating and spending disorders as well as depression and anxiety, while unexplored problems with sex and romance may lie at the core of struggles for self-esteem and emotional stability. At The Ranch, our experienced treatment team helps female sex, intimacy and relationship addicts who struggle with some of the following patterns: \tUsing seduction and sex to hold onto partners or to hold relationships together \tMultiple extramarital affairs \tMasturbating to feel better or complete \tUsing others for sex without regard to their lives \tEndlessly searching for \u201cthe one\u201d \tConsistently attracting addicted, abusive or otherwise emotionally unavailable partners \tMistaking intense sexuality and romance for intimate love \tHaving sex in high-risk locations or situations \tPoor sex and relationship boundaries \tTrading sex for drugs, help, affection, money, status or power \tRepeated patterns of having sex and\/or \u201cfalling in love\u201d with strangers Specialized Sex and Love Addiction Treatment for Men and Women Treatment at The Ranch begins with a comprehensive assessment of each client\u2019s life, relationship and sexual history including utilizing tools such as Patrick Carnes\u2019 Sexual Dependence Inventory (SDI). This information is utilized throughout treatment to help guide our work and lead our clients toward more loving relationships, greater intimacy and healthy sexuality. Sex and love addiction treatment for men and women at The Ranch includes: \tPsycho-education classes and skill development \tFully gender-separate living, eating, recreation and treatment environment \tGender-specific, trauma-focused therapies \t24-hour onsite monitoring by residential staff \tDaily group therapy and opportunities for individual work \tWeekly individual and family therapy with spousal support \t12-Step meetings off and on site \tWeekly experiential therapy days including adventure therapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy and ropes courses \tA highly experienced therapist specifically dedicated to guiding clients throughout their entire stay Treating the Underlying Issues With an expert understanding of the issues that drive sex, relationship and love addiction and contribute to relapse, The Ranch also treats the full spectrum of co-occurring issues, including trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Whether single or working together with a spouse or partner, clients are encouraged to learn healthy boundaries and begin working toward genuine self-esteem and intimacy. A Safe, Supportive Community Our program utilizes a community-based model in which clients live together, eat together and participate in intensive group therapy as a community, developing healthy bonds that nurture trust and self-care. It is within this safe, structured setting that clients can learn and practice the tools that foster enriched relationships and self-respect. Put an End to the Double Life The lies, the secrets, the shame. All of these can be put to rest, and a healthy, rewarding life restored. More than putting an end to destructive behaviors, sexual recovery requires healing in mind, body and spirit \u2013 a transformation that we see every day at The Ranch.