Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
Contrary to what many individual may believe, a sexual addiction is a serious disorder that should be addressed by professional treatment. There are many misconceptions that hypersexuality is not a “real addiction”, or that the people who struggle with these behaviors are simply interested in having “too much sex”.
The consequences that result from sexual addiction are severe and can destroy a person’s life in multiple ways. For these reasons, having intervention by professional treatment is necessary for recovering from this intimacy disorder.
Depending on the severity of sexual addiction, a more acute level of care and treatment is required and necessary for helping a person overcome this disorder and effectively manage their behaviors.
Residential levels of treatment offer this type of care, in which an individual can address their concerns with intensive therapeutic treatment sessions. Many people who struggle with sexual addiction may find that simply being removed from their environment, which can be triggering in itself, may help promote their recovery efforts.
Before you make this decision, it is important for you to work with your counselor/therapist to research the options you may have for treatment and to determine what type of facility may be most appropriate for you.
Temporarily relocating for treatment requires adequate planning and preparation to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. This may involve finding renters or someone to take over your lease or rent, arranging child and/or pet care, prepaying bills, scheduling a leave of absence from work and more.
If you have been struggling with a sexual addiction, know that you are not alone and that help and resources exist for your healing and recovery. Relocating to a new place for treatment may feel overwhelming, but with adequate preparation and planning, you can ensure that you are able to seek out the appropriate level of care you need to help overcome this disorder.
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Have you been in recovery from a sexual addiction where relocation was necessary for treatment? If so, what helped you in this transition? What encouragement might you recommend to another person in a similar situation?
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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Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on November 18, 2015
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