If you or a loved one is suffering from sex addiction, it can be difficult to face and overcome. However, help is available and there are specific things you can do to help ensure successful treatment and recovery. The following is a list of helpful suggestions to assist you in your journey.
- Get help from a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). CSATs are specially trained to help effectively facilitate rehab for sex addiction. You can find a local CSAT though the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP). While any licensed therapist can be helpful, only a CSAT has the experience and training to specifically treat sex addiction.
- Educate yourself. Knowledge really is power and the more you know about sex addiction, its causes and treatments, they better you’ll be able to understand what you are going through and begin the healing process. “Out of the Shadows” and “Facing the Shadow” by Dr. Patrick Carnes are two books highly recommended by CSATs.
- Get support. Joining a support group – in addition to individual and group therapy – is a fantastic way to hear about others’ experiences with sex addiction. Additionally, knowing you are not alone or the only one struggling with sex addiction can be extremely comforting. Support groups also often provide sponsors who can help you through a 12-step program, if you so desire.
- Put together a self-care plan. With the help of your CSAT and your sponsor, create a self-care plan for use during your recovery. This may include proper diet, exercise, getting enough sleep or any other activities of daily life.
- For many people, journaling can be an extremely powerful tool for processing emotions in a healthy, positive way. Writing down your emotions can help you confront issues you’ve been avoiding as strong emotions come to the surface. Getting your thoughts down on paper can provide a therapeutic release so you can begin to let go and move forward.
- Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply the act of being aware of your emotions in real time, as you are feeling them. Practicing mindfulness is the first step in identifying triggers and avoiding relapse. Just five minutes of practicing mindfulness each day can start making a big difference.
Of course, these are just a few of the steps you can take for successful treatment and recovery, and everyone’s recovery is unique. Make sure to speak with a CSAT about your particular treatment plan.