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Promiscuity Vs Addiction in Women: Fun or Trauma Repetition?

Does Sexual Promiscuity Make a Woman a Sex Addict?

While the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has yet to make sexual addiction a standalone diagnosis in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), compulsive sexual behavior continues to be treated by noted mental health organizations, therapists and healthcare providers in every state. While the APA continues to work out the science - and the politics - inherent in legitimizing the diagnosis, naysayers continue to level serious claims as to why they should not. One of the arguments made against putting sexual addiction into the DSM is that doing so is a way for conservative elements to attempt to police people's sexual behavior. "Too much" sex, they say, is a value judgment, and value judgments around sex are moral attitudes, not scientific facts.

The other side of the debate, those in favor of making sexual addiction a valid diagnosis, argue that it's important to do so because compulsive sexual behavior has the potential to harm people, to ruin their lives - it has been doing so and will continue to do so whether the APA gets on board to recognize the true nature of the problem. A diagnosis of sexual addiction means that not only will insurance companies be forced to honor people's needs for care, but that more research and more therapeutic intervention will be made available. Research in the area is sorely lacking , particularly in regard to women. When we think of compulsive sexual behavior to the point of dysfunction in life, we have primarily and historically only thought of men. But this, again, is a social attitude, not a scientific fact. The reality is simply that more and more women are experiencing hypersexuality to the point of dysfunction. Read more at sexualrecovery.com.

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Closer Together or Further Apart? Digital Devices and the New Generation Gap

It is possible that human interactions are no less meaningful or productive simply because they are digital rather than face-to-face. It is also possible the exact opposite is true. Frankly, it depends more on those doing the communicating than anything else. Depending on your age and point of view, of course, this may or may not be a bad thing.

Read more by Rob Weiss in Huff Post Tech...

How Much Sex Should We Be Having?

What is the right amount of sex for a couple to be having? How little is too little and how much it too much? Embedded in these questions are deeper concerns regarding the general health of one's sex life and the emotional health of the relationship. However, while frequency of sex is one way to objectively measure an aspect of one's relationship, there isn't a particular number that will indicate that your sex life or your relationship is healthy and functional or guaranteed to last.


Building Boundaries in Relationship With a Sex Addict

If you are the Partner of a Sex Addict (PoSA), chances are likely that somewhere along the way, your boundaries became indistinguishable to you. Maybe you allowed your suspicions to go unspoken too long; perhaps you accepted repeated apologies but made no move to show there would be consequences for repeated dishonesty; you probably held your fears inside a long time before you were willing to give them voice, worried your life would change too dramatically or that you'd lose the person you loved.


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The next Two-Week Intensive Treatment Program begins February 17th, 2014!

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.

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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