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Sex Addiction and Love Addiction: What's the Difference?

Sex Addiction and Love Addiction: What's the Difference?

While love and sex are certainly not inseparable, romantic love only rarely exists without sexual involvement. For many people, sexual attraction is a critical component of loving their romantic partner. Sex and love are certainly both intense physical and emotional experiences, and, like many such experiences, they can give rise to obsession and addiction.

However interconnected love and sex may be, love addiction and sex addiction are quite different phenomena. Like all forms of addiction, they do share some common ground. The pursuit of an addiction becomes the most important focus of an addict's life, to the detriment of their relationships, work and health. However, love and sex addictions generally manifest in very different ways, and stem from the need to satisfy disparate kinds of emotional needs. Read more at sexualrecovery.com.

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Basic Tools for Sexual Recovery

Three of the most basic and commonly used tools are "HALT," the "Three Second Rule," and "Bookending." Some tools are more effective than others, depending on the addict's particular personality and life history. It is recommended that each individual try as many tools as possible, finding out which ones work best for him/her. Over time, at least a few options will arise as "go to" choices.


What Is Healthy Sex for Couples?

Happily, less sex does not equal less happiness and fulfillment. For most couples, especially couples that have been together for a few years, their companionship, mutual reliability, and sense of trust in one another trumps having a lot of sex. That said, if several months have passed with no sex and this lack of mutual erotic activity is troubling to one or both partners, the matter should likely be addressed with a professional present to help.


Why Your Marriage Can't Compete With Your Partner's Online Romance

If your partner is cheating with someone new online, your marriage probably cannot compete with it. Your partner is in the initial stages of love, the time full of romance, discovery, excitement and emotion. If they are keeping their relationship a secret, that only adds to the mystery and excitement of it.


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The next Two-Week Intensive Treatment Program begins April 15th!

The SRI Two-Week Intensive Program is a two-week education and therapy curriculum focused on helping our patients identify and eliminate all sexual acting out behavior and develop the tools needed to prevent sexual relapse.

Less costly and time consuming than a 4-6 week hospital stay or residential treatment, the Two-Week Intensive Program offers many similar benefits, including spousal involvement, structured social support, psycho-education and daily individual therapy.

Learn more about our Two-Week Intensive Program or Contact us to Reserve a Spot.

Recovering from Infidelity Group

Addiction Specialist Marty Simpson Revell, MA, CSAT-3, hosts a weekly group therapy session focusing on recovering from infidelity. The group helps increase self-awareness leading to a deeper understanding of what causes us to get involved in unhealthy relationships, and what gets in the way of setting healthy boundaries. In addition to the educational component of the group, members have an opportunity to process feelings and benefit from sharing their experience with others in a supportive environment facilitated by an experienced clinician.

Learn more at sexualrecovery.com.


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