Sex Addiction

Compulsive sexual behaviour can be as destructive and devastating as any other addiction. Yet the shame and fear of being stigmatized by society often prevents those with a sexual addiction from seeking help.

As Canada’s leader in the treatment of sex addiction since 2002, we have the experience and expertise to help. Using a highly effective treatment model developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the assessment and management of sexual addiction, our team of Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSAT) provide support and guidance on the journey of recovery.

Six-Week Residential Treatment Program

This program is designed for individuals dealing with sexual addiction, as well as those struggling with a substance addiction in addition to sex addiction. Our holistic treatment program helps patients:

  • Identify unhealthy sexual behaviours and their consequences
  • Develop an abstinence treatment plan
  • Create a relapse prevention plan
  • Learn techniques of trigger management
  • Explore core trauma issues
  • Learn about healthy intimacy and healthy sexuality
  • In addition to the general treatment programming, Bellwood’s Residential Sex Addiction
  • Treatment Program includes work relating to family of origin.

Weekly Outpatient Sexual Addiction Group

This weekly, two-hour outpatient group is designed to help individuals:

  • Learn about the disease concept of addiction
  • Identify the consequences of their behaviour
  • Learn strategies to help intervene on urges, fantasies, and thoughts of using or acting out
  • Identify factors that contributed to the development the addiction, how they continue to fuel acting out behaviour, and ways to defuse their power
  • Identify relapse triggers and warning signs
  • Learn about healthy intimacy and healthy sexuality
  • Develop and implement broad-based recovery practices rooted in the abstinence model

Support Group for Partners of Sex Addicts

This weekly, two-hour outpatient group is designed to help partners of sex addicts:

  • Understand what is sexual addiction and the nature of the illness
  • Learn to recognize losses and the stages of recovery for partners
  • Identify strategies to deal with one’s feelings
  • Learn boundary setting: defining, re-establishing and re-affirming healthy boundaries
  • Develop healthy coping strategies
  • Establish a strong support network

Additional services include individual counselling and a specialized weekly aftercare group for addicts and partners that focuses on recovery issues relating to sex addiction