Sex addiction presents challenges that differ a great deal from other addictions. While our bodies may not be made for alcohol or methamphetamines, they are made to engage sexually in life-giving ways. Putting an end to the use of controlled substances is healthy. Putting an end to one’s sexuality isn’t.
Instead, sex addiction treatment involves eliminating unhealthy behaviors while creating a stronger respect for one’s sexuality. Each client’s circumstances are different, but interventions consistently involve understanding the roots of the behaviors and the needs they meet, making it possible to seek new behaviors that address those needs in ways that aren’t self-defeating.