What is treatment for sex/porn addiction and for co-occurring substance use and sexual behavior?
Treatment includes both individual and group therapy—most often a directive, behavior-focused modality like cognitive behavioral therapy—paired with social learning, psycho-education, 12-step or other addiction-focused social support, and alternative methodologies like psychodrama, art and movement therapies, exercise, meditation, animal therapies, adventure therapies, and the like. Some clients might also begin a trial-run of an antianxiety or antidepressant medication, as these can reduce not only anxiety and depression but cravings to act out sexually.
What is your role in your partner’s treatment?
What is sexual sobriety and how will it affect you and your relationship?
Fortunately for you and your relationship (and for your addicted partner), sexual sobriety is not defined by long-term abstinence. Celibacy is not viewed as a long-term solution to sex/porn addiction. Sex/porn addiction therapists define sexual sobriety much as we define sobriety with eating disorders—another area in which long-term abstinence is neither desirable nor feasible. Rather than permanently abstaining from all sexual activity, recovering sex/porn addicts think about sobriety as learning to be sexual in non-compulsive, non-problematic, life-affirming ways.
What will your significant other’s daily treatment regimen look like?
- Full Psychiatric and Psychosexual Evaluation
- Completion of the Sexual Dependency Inventory (Done Online)
- Behaviorally Focused Individual and Group Therapy
- Sexual (and Chemical) Sobriety Education
- Social Learning and 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
- Somatic Experiencing (Trauma Work)
- Self-Care (Exercise, Meditation, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, etc.)
- Aftercare (Relapse Prevention) Planning and Implementation
- Continued Treatment-Group Interaction (Weekly Online Meetings)