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Does Compulsive Sexual Behavior Qualify as Addiction?

Does Compulsive Sexual Behavior Qualify as Addiction?

In recent years, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the American Psychiatric Association's "diagnostic bible") has backed away from use of the term addiction. In fact, the most recent incarnation, released in early 2013, now calls alcoholism and drug addiction "Substance Use Disorder." The APA's motivation for this "anti-addiction" stance is more than a little bit perplexing, especially at a time when public acceptance and understanding of addiction (in all of its forms) is at an all-time high. Even more concerning is the fact that sexual addiction was excluded entirely from the latest DSM, with no explanation why.

Perhaps the APA simply thinks that sex can't meet the criteria they've outlined for other addictions. As of now, the APA lists eleven potential indicators, and if any two or more are present then the individual in question qualifies for the diagnosis. Read more at

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Two-Week Intensive Treatment Programs begin August 18th!

The SRI Two-Week Intensive is a program of therapy and education designed to help our clients identify and eliminate all sexual acting out behavior, and to develop the skills and tools needed to prevent sexual relapse.

The Two-Week Intensive Program at SRI is a cost-effective and more time-effective alternative to the traditional 4-6 week hospital stay or residential treatment programs. It is our belief, based on our decades of experience, that most sex addicts do not require a lengthy stay in a controlled environment. Our program offers many similar benefits while minimizing the disruption in our clients' lives.

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

Two Hour Couples Class

SRI's Sarah Knowlton, MFTI, CSAT-C, hosts weekly couples class. Couples class includes:

  • Learn about the roles couples affected by addiction fall into
  • Assess what your default setting is: victim, persecutor, or rescuer
  • Gain insight into how these roles keep couples stuck
  • Acquire tools for breaking out of dysfunctional patterns
  • Find pathways towards becoming relational rather than reactive
  • Practice these tools in session with each other
  • Work together towards the recovery of your coupleship
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Recovering from Infidelity Group

Addiction Specialist Marty Simpson, LMFT, CSAT, 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.

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