What happens in treatment?
Treatment includes both individual and group therapy – most often a directive, accountability and behavior focused modality like cognitive behavioral therapy paired with social learning, psychoeducation, 12-step or other addiction-focused social support, and alternative methodologies like psychodrama, art and movement therapies, exercise, meditation, and experiential therapies. Our psychiatrist might also suggest that you begin a trial-run of an antianxiety or antidepressant medication, as these can reduce not only anxiety and depression but cravings to engage in problem sexual behaviors and substance abuse.
What does sex/porn addiction recovery look like?
Fortunately, unlike recovery for alcoholism and drug addiction, sexual sobriety and recovery are not defined by long-term abstinence. Celibacy is not a long-term solution to sex and porn addiction. Recognizing this, we define sexual sobriety and recovery as we define the process of healing with eating disorders – another area in which long-term abstinence is simply not feasible. Rather than permanently abstaining from all sexual activity, we ask clients to think about sexual sobriety and sexual recovery as learning to be sexual in non-compulsive, non-problematic, life-affirming ways.
What does substance/sex addiction recovery look like?
Fortunately, unlike recovery for alcoholism and drug addiction, sexual recovery is not defined by long-term abstinence. Celibacy is not a long-term solution to sex or porn addiction. Recognizing this, we define sexual sobriety and sexual recovery as we define recovery with eating disorders – another area in which long-term abstinence is simply not feasible. Rather than permanently abstaining from all sexual activity, we ask clients to think about recovery as learning to be sexual in non-compulsive, non-problematic, life-affirming ways.
The substance abuse half of your addiction is a different story. We will not teach you to drink and use like a gentleman. Instead, we believe in and teach the principles of long-term abstinence from addictive substances. If your substance use and sexual behavior have fused, we will teach you how to separate sex from substance abuse, and how you can be sexual in healthy (non-compulsive) ways that do not trigger your desire to use.
What happens each day in treatment?
- Full Bio-Psycho-Social and Psychosexual Evaluations
- Completion of the Sexual Dependency Inventory (Online)
- Trauma Identification and Containment
- Behaviorally Focused Individual and Group Therapy
- Addiction Education
- Social Learning and Peer Accountability
- Alternative Therapeutic Modalities (Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Adventure Therapy, etc.)
- 12-Step Sexual Recovery Focus and Participation
- Digital Era (Online) Recovery and Participation
- Prodependent Partner/Family Involvement
- Shame Resilience Work
- Self-Care (Exercise, Meditation, Yoga, etc.)
- Aftercare (Relapse Prevention) Planning and Implementation
- Continued Treatment-Group Interaction (Weekly Online Meetings)
Will I be able to contact my work, family, and friends?
Note: There is a 72-hour moratorium on digital communications after your arrival. Seeking Integrity will notify whoever you want about your arrival, but you will not be allowed to use your phone or any other digital device for the first 72 hours of treatment.
Why does Seeking Integrity look at both substance abuse and sex/intimacy issues?
Sometimes substance use and sexual behavior occur in tandem as a way of overcoming sexual shame, overcoming low self-esteem, disinhibiting oneself sexually, or enhancing the sex or drug experience. Other times sexual behaviors alternate with substance abuse, typically with substances being used to numb the shame of recent sexual behavior.
Many men who engage in both substance abuse and compulsive sexual behavior will admit to one problem but not the other. They admit they have a problem with substance abuse, but not sex and intimacy. Or they admit they have an issue with sex and intimacy, but not substances. Sometimes they go to rehab for the issue they’re willing to admit to, and then relapse related to the untreated half of their problem.
Some people think that the pairing/fusion of substances with sex is a gay men’s issue. However, substance/sex issues show up in every population. The term ‘chemsex’ is often used to describe gay and bisexual men with paired/fused substance/sex problems, but all types of people struggle with the combination of substance use and sex. Recognizing this, Seeking Integrity treats all men who struggle with substance/sex issues, regardless of sexual orientation.
At Seeking Integrity, we understand the interplay between substance use and sexual behavior. And we know that if substance/sex behaviors are in any way paired or fused, both issues must be addressed or relapse is almost inevitable. So whatever it is that you admit to when you enter treatment, we’re going to uncover the behaviors that are tied to it, and we’re going to address your problems completely and holistically. Because that is the best (and we think only) true pathway to long-term recovery and healing.
Does Seeking Integrity take insurance or help with insurance reimbursement?
SJHIA specializes in behavioral health insurance authorization and claims management. Seeking Integrity will provide all required information to SJHIA to help you use your insurance benefits. In turn, SJHIA will verify and communicate to you relevant information regarding your coverage for treatment, using out-of-network providers, plan deductibles, and out of pocket limits.
We strongly encourage you to contact SJHIA prior to enrollment to discuss your specific insurance coverage. A consultation with SJHIA will provide answers to the many questions that arise regarding insurance benefits, along with advice on what approach will best serve you. To contact SJHIA, please call them at 973.740.0023 and ask for Janice Colmar or Alfredia Hackley. You can also email SJHIA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to tell them that you are calling or emailing about treatment at Seeking Integrity.