Sex Addiction

Sex addiction is a dangerous behavioral addiction that can damage relationships and put people at severe risk for health concerns. Learn how Excel Treatment Center can help.

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Treating Sex Addiction in NJ at Excel Treatment Center

Our facilities are judgment-free and aim to foster a positive environment where those suffering from sex addiction can seek refuge. We are also equipped to provide a personalized level of care to meet the unique needs of each client as an individual.

Sex addiction is an intimacy disorder that is often misunderstood, but it is composed of destructive sexual behaviors which can have just as devastating an effect on the lives of those who suffer from it as drug or alcohol addiction. As one of the most highly stigmatized behavioral addictions, many are embarrassed or ashamed to receive help. At the Excel Center in New Jersey, we treat all our clients with respect, compassion, and confidentiality. This guarantees a judgment-free treatment experience in which clients can feel safe to work through whatever issue is causing them trouble.

Sex addiction can refer to the obsession with sexual acts with one or multiple partners, but it can also refer to activities including but not limited to masturbation, viewing pornography, using paid services for phone sex, etc. There is no single behavior or action that constitutes sex addiction, but it is more likely a repetitive pattern of sexual behavior that affects your life and leaves you with feelings of shame, guilt, or remorse. This can include engaging in risky behaviors, like unprotected sex and frequent sex with strangers.

Sex addiction is not unlike other addictions in that it controls actions and behaviors. Sometimes sex addiction can be caused by a substance use disorder, childhood trauma, or deep-rooted intimacy issues from previous relationships. The excessive sexual imagery in the media and constant reminders of sex are also to blame in some cases. At the Excel Center, our team of experts will work with clients to uncover the root cause of their sex addiction and will deliver a bespoke treatment plan targeting that cause.

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Signs of a Sex Addiction

Some of the signs that may indicate you are suffering from sex addiction include:

  • Overwhelming, unwanted, and persistent sexual urges occur throughout the day
  • Feeling obligated to act on sexual urges but not feeling joy or satisfaction from fulfilling those urges, if even temporarily
  • Continuing to engage in behaviors that have negatively affected you in the past or that you know will affect you negatively, despite knowing the consequences of your actions
  • Having unprotected sex with multiple partners
  • Having sexual relations with others despite being in a committed relationship
  • Viewing pornography for long periods of time and frequently
  • Attempting to stop giving in to sexual urges but finding yourself unable to
  • Feelings of shame and guilt after fulfilling sexual urges

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The Effects of a Sex Addiction

Sex addiction impacts other areas of your life, and some of those effects include:

  • Inability to maintain a committed monogamous relationship
  • Loss of employment due to related sexual behaviors
  • Loss of custody over children
  • Increased risk for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS
  • Legal troubles that result from exhibitionism
  • Ruined friendships and romantic relationships
  • Additional development or worsening of other mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-esteem issues
  • If you have experienced these effects in your own life, consider reaching out to our counselors at 877-331-4114 to learn more.


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Treatment Options for Sex Addiction

There are multiple different avenues for treatment related to sex addiction, and they can be used alone or in conjunction with other methods. Some treatment options include:

Cognitive behavior therapy is a talk therapy that entails frequent meetings with a mental health professional. The goal of CBT in this context is to identify sexual triggers that are responsible for the urges that are felt and how to overcome them. By treating these stimuli as barriers to a happier life, clients can successfully overcome their sex addiction by reprogramming their thought patterns.

The Twelve Steps are a spiritual program originally used in Alcoholics Anonymous, but the principles have now been more widely applied and be effective at treating a range of addictions. Twelve-step groups are usually community-based, although therapy groups can follow their principles and are focused on expanding one’s spiritual life, self-improvement, and altruistically helping others.

Some antidepressants can be prescribed to combat sex addiction and the feelings of shame and guilt that come along with it. By restoring the balance of neurotransmitter levels in the brain, antidepressants are an effective way to treat sex addiction in some cases. However, it’s important to note that they work best when used with other treatments like CBT and 12-Step programs.

In addition to traditional forms of therapy, there are some alternative treatments for sex addiction available to you. These include yoga, meditation, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and herbal remedies. While these alternative treatments may not provide a complete and lasting cure, they can help reduce the symptoms and intensity of the addiction. Additionally, these therapies can help an individual build self-awareness and self-respect, which are integral components in overcoming addiction.

To reduce the stigma around sex addiction and encourage individuals to seek help, we must spread education and awareness about the condition. We can do this by talking openly about our own experiences, supporting those struggling with their addiction, and promoting healthy sexual practices like safe sex and consent. By creating a safe and supportive environment, we can ensure individuals are given the help they need without judgment or discrimination.

How Does It Work?

We know that most people are unfamiliar with how the rehabilitation process works. This is completely normal – our application process is designed to be as simple as possible. Our caring staff will provide all of the guidance you or your loved one needs to make the journey into recovery as streamlined as possible.

What Do We Treat?

We specialize in offering treatment to younger adults and adults in mid-life. At the Excel Center, we believe that recovery is possible for anyone, no matter what age or background. However, different groups of people face different challenges. As such, we make sure that the treatments we offer are varied and meet each of our clients’ exact needs. We consider the different life experiences, pressures, and histories of everyone who seeks help from us.

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Seeking Help for a Sex Addiction

Our facilities are also entirely judgment-free and aim to foster a positive environment where those suffering from sex addiction can seek refuge. We are also equipped to provide a personalized level of care to meet the unique needs of each client as an individual.

Our primary purpose is to help people suffering from addictions, whatever their behavior or substance. We appreciate that sex addiction can be a delicate issue for those experiencing it, and we understand the need for discretion. Under no circumstances will any information that is shared with our staff be shared with anyone other than those who are treating that addiction. Sex addiction and matters to do with infidelity are treated confidentially. It is through this guarantee that a deep relationship built on trust can be formed between clients themselves and between clients and counselors. With this bond, amazing healing can happen.