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UNDERSTANDING

Porn & Sex Addiction

You might be surprised to hear that there’s a debate about whether it’s truly an addiction. That’s what some experts in the addiction field seem to think. Too much sex, they say, just doesn’t cut it as an ­addiction. ‘Addiction’ is simply a label to describe behaviour that doesn’t correspond to society’s norms.

But for individuals in the thrall of internet porn, who find that real sex just doesn’t do it for them any more – or for a man who’s spending thousands on feeding a compulsion to visit prostitutes – sex addiction is all too real and is ruining lives and relationships.

Understanding

PORN & SEX ADDICTION

Honey, it just doesn't work if it's not on the internet
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Patrick Carnes is a best-selling author and a leading proponent of the viewpoint that some sexual behaviour can be seen as an addiction. Indeed it was Carnes who popularised the term 'sex addiction'.

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The controversy surrounding sex addiction
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While controversy over its definition – and even its very existence – continues to foment, sex addiction, all too often steeped in shame and guilt, is a very real problem that has a spectacular ability to destroy lives and relationships.

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The Sex Addict’s Dark World
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Reported cases of sex addiction in America are now in the millions. Some estimates suggest 3 to 5% of the American population, including stories of ordinary folk . . . like the Doherty’s from San Antonio

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Your Brain on Porn - Scary Effects of Porn Addiction
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Scientists in the field of neuroscience and brain imaging are showing in study after study that high speed internet porn can change the brain just like drug addiction. This wreaks havoc on the reward/pleasure system in the brain resulting in devastating effects.

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Does Tinder spell the end of romance?
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Tinder has skyrocketed in popularity since its inception in 2012. Its trajectory has proven remarkable: within two short years it was registering about one billion ‘swipes’ per day opening up a whole new world of internet assisted casual sex.

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The Drunken Monkey Hypothesis
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Clues from our distant ancestral past suggest that an attraction to alcohol may once have conferred an evolutionary advantage, and explain the the mystery of why we humans are often compelled to consume what is essentially a toxin.

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PRIVATE 1-2-1 TREATMENT

The Alternative To Rehab

As a high functioning addict, you may not be willing take a month out of work and life for rehab, or reveal all within a 12 step group. While rehab is entirely appropriate in some cases, we provide an alternative approach to help individuals overcome addiction within the context of their everyday lives.

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EVIDENCE BASED

CBT For Addictions

We treat individuals using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is proven to work for addictions. CBT assumes that learned behaviour and habitual thinking patterns play an important role in the development and persistence of addiction, and changing these patterns can help individuals break their addiction and move forward.

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Logical & Pragmatic

Psychological Formulation

Central to the way we work is the ‘psychological formulation’ – a diagnostic and analytical tool which explores in detail each individual’s situation, and what’s really going on. It reveals the triggers, drivers and contributing factors that led to and sustain the addiction, and helps us understand how to treat it most effectively.

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EFFECTIVE & PROVEN

Relapse Prevention Strategies

There are two effective approaches to relapse prevention, and we employ a combination of the two. The first is a practical, CBT-based approach. The second applies the practice of mindfulness to develop a calm awareness of urges and the ability to experience discomfort without giving in to them.

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