Sex Addiction Treatment Program

Compulsive sexual behaviours can be as destructive and devastating as any substance addiction, yet the shame and fear of being stigmatized often prevent those affected from seeking help.

Sex addiction can involve compulsively pursuing one relationship after another, compulsive consumption of pornography, engaging in multiple casual sexual encounters, or having multiple sexual partners. As with the use of substances, this acting out behaviour is a way to temporarily alleviate feelings of emptiness, loneliness, or abandonment. These behaviours have compulsive elements, and resists the person’s attempts to stop. They begin to display the warning signs common to all addictions: avoiding responsibilities, detaching from and hurting those closest to them, and putting themselves in dangerous situations.

Sex addiction is frequently accompanied by concurrent substance addiction. This program allows clients to work on concurrent on substance use as well as sexual compulsive behaviours.

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) provides support and guidance on our clients’ journey of recovery.

Six-Week Sexual Addiction Residential Treatment Program

This program is designed for individuals dealing with sex addiction, who may or may not be struggling with a concurrent substance addiction. Due to the specialized nature of this program, clients spend much of their clinical time in small, tight-knit groups with people who share similar experiences and emotions. The program helps patients:

  • Identify unhealthy sexual behaviours and their consequences
  • Create a relapse prevention plan, through Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) skills
  • Uses Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to learn emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness while developing mindfulness skills
  • Explore core trauma issues
  • Learn about healthy intimacy and healthy sexuality

 

Weekly Outpatient Sexual Addiction Group

As an alternative to the intensive inpatient program, we also offer an outpatient group. This weekly, two-hour outpatient group is designed to help individuals:

  • Identify the consequences of their behaviour
  • Learn strategies to help intervene on urges, fantasies, and thoughts of using or acting out
  • Identify core beliefs that contributed to the development of 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
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