Did you know?
Many people believe that looking at pornography is normal. They don’t understand the connection between viewing pornography and the frequent consequence of developing disrespect toward the opposite sex, losing self-respect, and damage caused to reduced effectiveness at work and/or poor relationships with family.
The more a person watches pornography over time, the more he or she begins to crave this stimulation. Many individuals will build up tolerance which means that they need either more graphic material or longer exposure to achieve the desired feelings. As addiction develops, it eventually reaches a point where nothing can satisfy the addicts sexual appetite.
Understand that you are not alone
Sexual addiction impacts males and females of all ages. The Society for the advancement of Sexual Health indicates that around 3-5% of the population seeks treatment for sexual addiction which would be approximately 9 to 15 million Americans. In fact, many more people may struggle with problematic sexual behavior. Surveys suggest that 80% of sex addicts are male.
Learn how an High Frequency Outpatient Program can help you
There are various levels of treatment ranging from outpatient, intensive outpatient to inpatient treatment.
A typical outpatient treatment involves seeing a therapist once a week. An intensive outpatient treatment involves multiple sessions a week and often for a longer period. Inpatient treatment means a person temporarily lives at the place (hospital) where they receive treatment.
While outpatient treatment is effective for many individuals, if a person has been involved with sexually addictive stimuli such as viewing pornography, and other behaviors over a number of years, an intensive outpatient program may be more appropriate and perhaps even necessary to arrest the negative cycle of addiction.