Sex Addiction and Intimacy Disorders
Love addiction and sex addiction are intimacy disorders that seek to fulfill unmet needs for control, power, love or affection. These disorders are strongly associated with early childhood trauma and carry a great deal of shame. Like all addictions, intimacy disorders like sex addiction and love addiction are progressive in nature. Over time, the sex addict may crave more frequent, intense or unusual experiences while the love addict’s cycle of emotionally destructive relationships gets more obsessive and desperate. Both disorders serve the person by achieving an initial sense of relief or euphoria that often becomes harder and harder to attain. Behaviors around love and sex addiction become destructive to the person’s health, relationships, career and/or finances, yet the person feels unable to control their behavior. Love addiction and sex addiction are often masked by other concerns such as alcohol and drug addictions and eating disorders. Left unaddressed, sex and love addiction can contribute to chronic relapse and prevent an individual from healing in all areas of their life. The Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch provides comprehensive, gender-separate care for those suffering from intimacy disorders like love and sex addiction. We address the constellation of issues each client struggles with so that they can heal wholly.
Treated at: Tennessee
Our clients participate in multiple forms of therapy throughout treatment, including process groups, family therapy, and individual sessions to better address and understand their sex and love addiction. Clients meet with their primary therapist at least once a week to get the individualized attention they need to facilitate their relationship and sexual recovery.
Our residential treatment program for sex and love addiction helps clients remove themselves from the stressors of day-to-day life, focus fully on their recovery and explore their sex and intimacy issues in a supportive and compassionate environment.
Recovery from sex and intimacy disorders doesn’t end with treatment. Following treatment, clients are encouraged to continue participating in their recovery through our continued recovery program, which includes additional group, family and individual therapy sessions to continue the healing process. This continued support is extremely beneficial in helping clients avoid relapsing into old behaviors as they build a solid foundation for their recovery.
Therapies Commonly Used
Meet regularly with an individual therapist to address underlying behavioral and emotional issues.
Bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, is used to help clients process unresolved trauma.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Explore the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors and gain control over emotions and actions.
Bond with horses and learn valuable lessons about respect, empathy and communication.
Learn to stay in the present moment, cope with stress and manage difficult feelings.
Explore family issues, roles and relationships and set boundaries with loved ones.