Can I Maintain My Work Schedule While in Treatment for Sexual Addiction?

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Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

Seeking out professional treatment for sexual addiction is an important aspect of effectively recovering from this progressive intimacy disorder. The levels of care and treatment available may vary based on the severity of symptoms a person is experiencing who is struggling with sexual addiction.

Some individuals are able to address complications of sexual addiction on an outpatient level of care, by regularly meeting with a therapist, counselor, and/or psychiatrist. Other individuals may require a higher level of care provided by a treatment center in order to better control symptoms of sexual addiction.

If a higher level of care and treatment is required and/or recommended for a sexual addiction, there are many important aspects to consider before enrolling in treatment. There are many factors involved with beginning treatment that may need to be addressed before beginning the process, involving figuring out a suitable transition from work.


For some individuals who are seeking out care in a rehabilitation center for sexual addiction, relocation may be required, which might make it necessary for a person to temporarily move away from their home and job. In these instances, it may be necessary to obtain a temporary leave of absence or medical leave in order to seek out the recommended treatment for sexual addiction.

In the case that treatment can be completed at lower levels of care, such as outpatient or intensive outpatient care, a person is more able to maintain their work schedule.

man sitting on top of high bluffSessions can typically be scheduled after work hours, such as in the evenings or on the weekends, which makes it easier to continue a work schedule. However, it is important to work with a professional to find out what recommendations may be most appropriate for individual care.

If you have been struggling with sexual addiction and have been hesitant to seek treatment due to concerns about work, be sure to reach out to a professional or specialist to discover what options you may have.

Receiving treatment at an outpatient level of care and being able to maintain a work schedule can be a feasible option for many working individuals, allowing you to receive the care you need while keeping up your work schedule. Work with a specialist to find out the type of care that might be most appropriate for you.

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Crystal Karges

Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.

As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.

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