Sexual Addiction COunseling

Sex addiction is a destructive problem that can ruin relationships, destroy self-esteem and physical health and result in everything from job loss to an arrest record. While some dismiss it as simply a moral failing, sex addiction stems from feelings of being out of control, with both psychological and neurological components.

Nearly 12 million people suffer from sexual addiction in the United States. Due the accessibility of sexual material available on the internet, cable television and videos, these numbers are increasing. Despite common misunderstandings, this addiction is not simply about “too much sex” or “having a high sex drive.”

How to Recognize Sexual Addiction

People with sex addiction use sex just as those addicted to drugs or alcohol. It is an anesthetizer that allows them to escape painful realities in order to help regulate their moods whenever they feel stress, anxious, lonely, afraid, rejected, and/or feel privileged, entitled, or use the behavior as a justification for reward. As the dependence on the sexual behavior progresses, they typically experience emotional states that mirror those of people addicted to other addictive behaviors.

At NorthPoint, we will identify the various aspects of problematic sexual behaviors including typical patterns of consequences, evolution and timing of behavior patterns, as well as a person’s therapy readiness.

We work on the deeper levels to get at the root cause of the addiction so it doesn’t re-surface later. Unfortunately, many “addiction counselors” do not know how to work at these levels – many only work on the surface level of the addiction and do not know how to do the deeper work that is essential so that the addiction does not resurface.

Although it is not always easy to know how to recognize a sex addict there are several sex addiction symptoms you can use to determine whether you or a loved one may be struggling with unhealthy sexual behaviors.

Sex addiction is generally characterized by a pattern of increasing, repeated sexual behavior, which is often uncontrollable despite that person’s intentions and efforts to stop the behavior. As with any addiction, problematic thoughts and behaviors may be rationalized and the addiction denied, even when the condition develops to such an extent that it causes the loss of intimate relationships, family, friends, or one’s career. NorthPoint utilizes twenty (20) sexual characteristics that are called “collateral indicators” which help determine the presence of sexual addiction.

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Sexual Addiction Counseling Near Me

Northpoint has been helping with sexual addiction from multiple locations across lower Michigan for several years. Locations include: Novi, Farmington Hills, Farmington, Wixom, Northville, Livonia, Canton, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Southfield, Lyon Township, South Lyon, Brighton, Milford, Salem Township, Ann Arbor, Redford, Westland, Dearborn, and Dearborn Heights.