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Technology and Sexual Addiction

Technology and Sexual Addiction

These days, virtually everyone owns a computer, laptop, pad, smartphone, or some other mobile device. Digital interaction is an integral part of our everyday routine. We check emails and texts, update our Facebook page, fire off a tweet or two, and then we think about eating breakfast. Digital interconnectivity provides endless new opportunities that support our very human needs for community and social interaction. We make friends, we share our experiences, we celebrate, and we commiserate - one world, a growing interactive community.

Unfortunately, for individuals predisposed to addictive and impulsive behavior patterns, digital technology brings as many opportunities for disconnection as connection. Sex and love addicts find it incredibly easy to dissociate from uncomfortable emotions and life stressors by accessing intensely stimulating online pornography and/or any number of readily available anonymous, casual, or paid for sexual partners. These sex partners can be engaged with either online (via webcam) or in person. Sex and love addicts use and abuse the many forms of digital "sexnology" not as a pleasurable distraction (as healthy people do) but as a means of escaping uncomfortable emotions and other life stressors. Over time, such behavior inevitably leads to profoundly negative relationship, career, emotional, physical, and sometimes even legal consequences. Read more at

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What is a Sexual Boundary Plan?

Oftentimes sex addicts entering recovery fear that sexual sobriety requires total sexual abstinence in the same way that recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction requires total abstinence from alcohol and drugs. This is not, in fact, the case. Instead, sexual sobriety is defined differently for each individual. Working in conjunction with a certified sex addiction therapist or a knowledgeable 12-step sexual recovery sponsor, the addict defines the sexual behaviors that do and do not compromise his or her core beliefs and values.


Addiction and Narcissistic Shame

While active in their addiction, sex addicts often nurture fantasies and engage in behaviors that are anathema to their core values and beliefs. Most often, their behaviors start out somewhat in line with their moral center, but as addictive patterns escalate, some progress from "vanilla" interests like soft-core porn and fantasizing about sex with someone met on Facebook to hardcore porn, illegal porn, affairs, voyeurism and/or exhibitionism, buying and/or selling sex, fetish behaviors, coupling illicit drug use with sex, etc.

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Why Women Cheat: 5 Reasons For Female Infidelity

While cultural stereotypes inform us that it's mostly men who cheat on their wives or girlfriends and not the other way around, clinical research concretely details that nearly as many women cheat as men. Women who step out on a husband or significant other - male or female - do so for any number of reasons, read the five most common reasons on Huffington Post...

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The next Two-Week Intensive Treatment Program begins March 18th!

The SRI Two-Week Intensive Programs 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 or residential treatment, the Two-Week Intensive Programs 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.

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