What Is Sex Addiction?
Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder (CSBD) occurs when a person has a lot of trouble controlling their intense sexual urges and frequently gives into temptation to act on their desires. They might do the same sexual things repeatedly over an extended period of time of at least 6 months, even if it causes them problems in their personal life, family life, social life, or work life. But if somebody only feels bad because they think sex is wrong or is affected by the views of others expressing disapproval over their sexual urges or behaviour, that is not enough to meet the requirements for CSBD under the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).
Sexual activity can be a normal and healthy thing for people to engage in. But for some people, it can turn into an addiction where they cannot control how much they do it or what they do. If you are caught in this cycle, you will not be able to function normally in your everyday life and pursue sexual behaviour even at a cost to other important areas of their lives. This is why it is critical to consider sex addiction treatment once you feel your sexual activity becoming a distraction in your daily life.
What Causes Sex Addiction?
People often wonder what are the reasons for sex addiction. However, the root causes of compulsive sexual behavior disorder, or hypersexuality, are not so easy to pin down as there can be multi-facted factors that contribute to this condition.
Certain rehab specialists think that a few factors may be associated with what you or others may refer to as sex addiction. Some things that may be associated with sex addiction, or compulsive sexual behavior disorder, include:
- Inability to manage emotional responses
- Childhood abuse
Inability To Manage Emotional Responses
Studies have shown that there is a relationship between mood states, emotional regulation and compulsive sexual behavior. For example, research has found that emotional dysregulation can be both a symptom of and a contributing factor to the development of sex addiction. Emotional dysregulation refers to a struggle to control your emotions or emotional reactions to a specific stimulus. Generally speaking, experts believe that increased levels of both enjoyable and unpleasant feelings have a correlation to an increase in impulsive-compulsive behaviors. This is why ensuring patients develop the ability to ensure they have emotional regulation is a key focus in our treatment methods.
Research has also found that childhood and adolescent sexual abuse can result in hypersexuality.
But there can be many reasons that have led to the development of sex addiction, so it is best to speak to expert psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists to identify the root cause of this condition in order to identify the best treatment methods.
Signs You Or A Loved One Needs Sex Addiction Rehab
Sex addiction can be a difficult topic to discuss, especially in Singapore, but it is important that we talk about it openly and honestly. If you or someone you love is struggling with sex addiction, it is important to seek help. Sex addiction rehab can provide the necessary treatment, therapy and support to help you overcome your addiction and regain control of your life.
If you are wondering whether or not sex addiction rehab is right for you, here are some signs that may indicate that you need treatment:
- Being unable to stop having sex, even when it is irresponsible or reckless.
- The person is unable to lower the amount of sexual activity they engage in
- Feeling controlled by sexual cravings and desires.
- Sexual behaviour has become a distraction to important tasks and relationships in your life.
- Engaging in sex makes everything else irrelevant.
- Sex is the most important priority above anything else in life.
- Engaging in meaningless sex while not finding it pleasurable.
- Being caught in comprimising situations because of sexual activity.
- The fluctuation of feelings due to sexual impulses, urges and behaviour.
Vision By Promises’ Sex Addiction Rehab Process
The first step in treatment is usually an intake assessment. This is a one hour session where the therapist will ask about the problems you are having and also your relationship history. If needed, the therapist may also interview you and your significant other separately or together. At the end of the assessment, the therapist will discuss what to do next with you and may give you referrals if necessary.
First Stage Of Recovery (First 2 Months)
The therapist will work with the individual to assess the severity of the addiction and figure out what is causing it. Then they will work on therapies to address why the addiction started, how it is being sustained, and what is making it worse. If there are any other risks, the therapist will help the individual deal with them.
People who discover they have sex addiction in Singapore often go through a lot of emotional pain. That is why their partner is also encouraged to get therapy to learn how to help the other party cope with the situation. It is important to remember that even though their partner has the condition, the partner still plays an important role in their recovery process.
Some goals for this stage of recovery include stabilising the individual, the partner and any children who may be affected, as well as preparing for the next stage of treatment.
Second Stage Of Recovery (3rd Month Onwards)
The couple or the individual will be supported through a three-step recovery process that is meant to mark the end of the secretive, active sex addiction stage. They will also be given a recovery plan as part of their treatment. The individual and partner will discuss this with their therapists. They will learn coping skills and how to build support systems to help them in the future if they have a relapse.
Get The Help You Or Your Loved One Needs Now
If you feel like you cannot overcome your sex addiction on your own, it is time to seek professional help. This is not a decision that should be taken lightly – getting the support you need to break free from compulsive sexual behavior is an important step in reclaiming your life. Make an appointment with one of our specialists today for sex addiction therapy in Singapore. The Vision By Promises team would be happy to answer any questions you have and provide guidance as you take this crucial next step.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Addiction Treatment, Rehab & Therapy In Singapore
1. How Can I Reduce My Hypersexuality?
While many people often suggest medication or self-help groups as possible solutions to tackle this, it is advised that people dealing with sex addiction or hypersexuality should speak to our expert psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists to accurately identify the root cause of this condition in order to find the best treatment methods.
2. What Percentage Of The Population Is Addicted To Sex?
According to research conducted by experts in the sex addiction therapy field, approximately 3-5% of the world population experienced some form of sex addiction. As for Singapore, there has been a dearth of studies conducted in this area, so it is difficult to pinpoint the exact numbers of the adult population that are dealing with this issue.
3. Why Come To Vision By Promises For Sex Addiction Treatment And Therapy?
If you or someone you know is struggling with a sex addiction, professional help should be sought. There are many qualified therapists in Visions By Promises who can assist in overcoming this type of addiction. Make an appointment for treatment today or contact our team for more information about how we can help.
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