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Posted in Sex Addiction

Levels of Sexual Excitement, Inhibition Help Predict Sex Addiction

Relative levels of sexual excitement and sexual inhibition help determine which individuals will develop symptoms of sex addiction, regardless of their sexual preferences or gender, according to recent findings published by a group of German researchers.

Sex addiction is one of the most commonly used terms for a form of behavioral addiction also known as hypersexuality and compulsive sexual behavior. Researchers and doctors still have much to learn about this condition, which currently has no uniformly applied definition in the U.S. In a study published in January 2015 in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers from two German institutions examined the roles that sexual excitement and sexual inhibition (the restriction of sexual excitement) play in the development of sex addiction.

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Study Shows Porn Linked to a Decline in Marriage

Can watching porn lower a young man’s chances of getting married? A study published in the journal of The Institute for the Study of Labor in Germany in November 2014 says it can and does.

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Posted in Mental Health

Don’t Worry About Whether Sex Addiction Is ‘Real’—Just Get Help

There is a debate raging about whether sexual addiction is a “real” addiction. Skeptics say that there is little peer-reviewed scientific evidence in support of sex addiction and that some evidence actually contradicts the existence of sexual addiction. The official authority on psychological disorders—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—has so far rejected appeals for sex addiction to be included in its latest edition.

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Posted in Early Recovery

When Are Recovering Sex Addicts Ready for Relationships?

Sex addiction, at base, is an intimacy disorder. And “intimacy,” according to Linda Hatch, Ph.D., sex addiction expert and therapist, “is the ability to be real with another person.” This might seem like a simple thing, but any addict, not just those who experience sexual compulsion, is a person who struggles with being real, (i.e., honest, available and truly vulnerable) with another person. According to Hatch, these intimacy disorders develop in addicts as a result of “early experiences in their [families] of origin that failed to produce a secure attachment to their caregivers. These may take the form of neglect, abuse, abandonment or the absence of an appropriately nurturing caregiver.” Addictive behaviors show up, sometimes early in life, according to Hatch, as a coping strategy in the form of self-medication to emotional pain. Sex addiction, in particular, creates a sense of excitement and pleasure, while simultaneously ensuring emotional distance and avoidance of true connection—the kind of intimacy that can leave one open to being hurt.

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The Link Between Sexual Shame and Addiction and Why It Should Be Addressed

As sex addiction expert and author Robert Weiss argues in PsychCentral, the connection between addiction and shame is well established. Those prone to addiction often feel ashamed of themselves; it’s an inward-facing criticism with the potential to lead to problems such as anxiety and depression, which in turn creates a desire to escape through the use of substances. This much is accepted, but the importance of sexual shame is woefully underrepresented in many treatment programs, according to Weiss. Understanding how sexual shame influences people who struggle with addiction and what can be done about it can help you identify what may be a core issue underlying many of the more overt problems you’re experiencing.

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How Addiction to Love or Sex is Similar to Addiction to Drugs

Addicted to love? Sounds good, right? After all, love and physical intimacy provide some of the most satisfying experiences in life. But addiction to love or sex can be destructive in ways similar to other types of addiction, reports sex therapist Alexandra Katehakis, in PsychCentral.

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Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch Expands with Opening of Deerfield House

To meet the growing national demand for men’s sex addiction and intimacy disorders treatment, the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch expands to a state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot treatment facility.

Nunnelly, TN (PRWEB) May 8, 2014 – For 39 straight months, demand has exceeded capacity at the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery (CRSR) at The Ranch. To meet the growing national demand for men’s sex addiction treatment, The Ranch recently expanded to Deerfield House, a new 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility with room for 15 clients and office space and group rooms on the top and garden-level floors. The CRSR also added new staff so that it can maintain the same superior staff-to-client ratio.

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Posted in Sex Addiction

Getting Real in Recovery

Hannah had been in active recovery for nearly four years before she had her first big breakthrough. She landed in treatment for love and sex addiction and had learned through the benefit of personal work and the love and support of an SLAA community of accepting, non-judgmental friends that sometimes recovery is an awkward waltz: three steps forward, two steps back. She’d learned to look at her slips—like texting flirtatiously with an already committed friend—with a kind of clear-headedness, knowing that while it seemed she’d failed herself, all she really needed to do was get back on the horse. 

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When Addictions Overlap: The Fuzzy Boundaries between Love, Sex and Relationship Addiction

Addictions and people rarely follow textbook examples. In reality, people are a mix of instincts and urges born of unique hurts, experiences, backgrounds and genetic predispositions. It should not be surprising that there would be frequent overlap among addictions, especially in the categories of love, sex and relationships, which are so tightly and often inextricably related. But to better understand how these diseases overlap, it helps to look at the general definitions and classifications of each.

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Recovery Ranch Director Karen Brownd Talks About Sex and Love Addiction, ‘Bad Boys,’ Eroticized Rage with RTE Radio

Karen Brownd, director of Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at the Recovery Ranch, spoke recently about sex, love and relationship addiction on the Mooney Show with Shay Byrne on RTE Radio. The program kicked off with a recap of pop star Rihanna’s destructive relationship with Chris Brown.

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