Tiger is just the latest celebrity in what appears to be a slew of notable people (David Duchovny, Steve Phillips) checking in to sex rehab following a public sex scandal. Accurate numbers don't exist, but a Time expert believes that approximately 5 percent of Americans suffer from sex addiction, most of whom are men. Is Your Partner a Sex Addict?
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Sex rehab differs from other treatment programs in that the goal isn't to be sex-free; a substance abuser can abstain for the rest of their life, but swearing off sex isn't healthy for a sex addict. Instead, addicts strive to be free from unhealthy sexual obsessions. Inside The Mind Of A Sex Addict
According to Time, here's what goes down in treatment. First, a patient works to uncover the roots of his compulsion. It's difficult for an addict to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate sex, so the second step is a "reality check" to help him realize which behavior isn't normal. Then the patient and specialists identify what precipitates the person's addictive behavior and work out a plan to combat the triggers. Finally, if the patient is in a relationship, he admits all previous acts of infidelity to his partner. Yikes!
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Most programs recommend ongoing treatment, such as following a 12-step program, and continued therapy, including check-ups that can take place for years after initial diagnosis. Addiction as an Attachment Disorder
Would you treat a partner's sex addiction differently than another kind of addiction? Were you aware of sexual addiction as a serious disease before the Tiger Woods scandal broke?