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Sex Addiction Treatment in Manhattan NYC

Private, Confidential Sex Addiction Therapy in NYC

What is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction refers to the behavior of a person with an unusually intense sex drive or obsession with sex. Behaviors and thoughts dominate the sex addict’s thinking, making it difficult to function daily with work or healthy personal relationships. Sex addicts have distorted thinking, often rationalize and justify their behavior or blaming others for problems. They deny they have a problem and make excuses for their behavior.

What are Some Behaviors of  Sex Addiction?

Behaviors associated with sexual addiction include:

  • Compulsive masturbation
  • Constant use of pornography
  • Multiple affairs
  • Multiple or anonymous sexual partners
  • Obsessive dating via personal ads
  • Phone or computer sex (cybersex)
  • Prostitution or use of prostitutes
  • Sexual harassment
  • Unsafe sex

A sex addict generally gets little satisfaction from the sexual activity and avoids an emotional bond with sex partners. The addiction can lead to feelings of guilt and shame. They also feel a lack of control over their behavior, despite negative consequences.

How is Sexual Addiction Treated?

Most importantly, the sex addict needs to admit to the problem. It usually takes a significant event, like the loss of a job, the breakup of a marriage, an arrest or health crisis, to force this admission.

Treatment of sexual addiction helps the addict to control their addictive behavior and help the person develop a healthy sexual outlook. This includes education about healthy sex, individual counseling, and marital/family therapy. Support groups or recovery programs (like Sex Addicts Anonymous) are usually beneficial. In some cases, medications are needed to curb the compulsive sex addiction, such as Prozac and Anafranil.

Fifth Avenue Psychiatry Provides Discreet Sex Addiction Treatment in Manhattan

At Fifth Avenue Psychiatry, the Manhattan sex addiction treatment doctors do not believe addiction defines a person. By creating individualized treatment plans, patients receive complete one-on-one help in a private setting that is designed for professionals and executives.

Fifth Avenue Psychiatry’s addiction treatment team of doctors, led by Dr. Glazer, recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor since 2015, provides executives and professionals with discreet, evidence-based addiction treatment.