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The Weiner Roast Continues...

Treating Sex Addicts

Three days is not enough time to really address Anthony Weiner's issues.

A few weeks ago New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner told reporters that in July 2011, shortly after his scandal-plagued departure from Congress, he spent three days at the Gabbard Center, a psychiatric evaluation facility in Houston, TX. As you may recall, the events precipitating Weiner's congressional resignation involved the sending of sexual self-images to half a dozen (or more) women via Twitter and other forms of digital media. Some of the images were apparently snapped in the locker room of the Congressional gym.

According to Weiner, he'd been engaging in this type of behavior for approximately three years. And now he has admitted that his sexual misdeeds continued even after he was caught and scandalized. Anthony Weiner made an intelligent decision when he decided to seek a psychiatric assessment from this facility. However, he currently insists his stay there had nothing to do with sexual addiction.

So why did he go, then? And even if the problem was deemed to be something other than an addiction, a three-day evaluation is not treatment. No psychiatric evaluation, no matter how thorough, has ever "cured" a patient. In reality, an evaluation simply identifies the issues that need to be worked on and suggests a pathway for change. So while it’s nice that Weiner spent the equivalent of a long-weekend in Texas talking to some doctors, it’s unlikely he’s the "new man" that he’s been claiming to be during his ongoing mayoral campaign. Read more in this blog by our founder Robert Weiss on

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The Basic Facts about "Sex Rehab"

In many ways, inpatient treatment for sexual addiction, aka "sex rehab," is similar to substance abuse rehab - focusing on breaking through the addict's denial, managing the crisis or crises that drove the patient into treatment, social learning, and relapse prevention. Basically, work centers on immediate concerns related to stopping the addictive sexual behavior. Yes, longer term issues need to be addressed, but these problems are more appropriately dealt with after the addict is stabilized and has a modicum of sobriety under his/her belt.


How Traumatic is Infidelity?

Most sex addicts do not think about the pain they may be causing to their spouse or long-term partner. It's not that they don't care; it's that they simply avoid thinking about or even considering the damage they are doing. Typically this damage occurs on two levels. First there is the pain and hurt caused by the actual infidelity, and then there is the agony caused by all the lying, secret keeping, and covering up. Oftentimes this second part, the dishonesty, is what ultimately causes the most distress to the cheated on spouse. But how bad is this pain and hurt?


Understanding "Triggers" for Addiction

After a brain is hardwired for addiction, "triggers" come into play. Triggers are the thoughts and feelings that induce drug cravings. If an addict can learn to identify triggers and stop them in their tracks - before they induce the phenomenon of craving - that person has a chance to stay sober, despite being triggered.

Read more in this PsychCentral blog by our founder Robert Weiss...

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The next Two-Week Intensive Treatment Program begins August 19th!

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.

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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.

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