Sex addiction is characterized by out-of-control sexual behavior with destructive consequences upon self, family, friends, and loved ones, in which the behaviors continue despite sincere and persistent efforts to stop. Addicts use denial, minimization, rationalization and lies to cover up the problem, which only keeps the addict more isolated and locked in feelings of shame.
Pornography is accessible, affordable, can be viewed anonymously and is highly addictive. Pornography changes the brain’s chemistry by altering the synapses of the brain. Recovery is possible and counseling can help get to the root of the problem and provide new ways to live in relationships with those you love.
Partners/Spouses of sex addicts often experience a significant amount of trauma when discovering their loved one's behavior. Shock, denial, anger, hopelessness, guilt, shame, confusion are all feelings that are reasonable to experience in this situation. Counseling can help you process through the trauma of discovery and your next steps.
After a period of time in which the addict has received counseling, and preferably the partner/spouse, couples can begin to address the issues that are core to their relationships such as restoration of trust, improved means of communication, forgiveness, boundaries, and improved intimacy through honestly sharing feelings.
There is often much confusion and difficulty in knowing how to discuss addiction within the family. Wondering what is age appropriate to tell the kids, what they might already know, and how to talk about why things are different can be very challenging. At Recovery Waters Counseling we are here to help you process through these important decisions and provide support for you and your children.
Groups permit individuals to slowly take steps of vulnerability and share themselves in a safe and supportive environment. For many people the group experience is the first experience where they can become truly known. At Recovery Waters Counseling we offer groups for addicts and partners/spouses of addicts. Please contact us if you desire more information about our groups.