Sexual addiction is malady that is becoming a growing concern for teens. For parents, having a conversation with them about their condition is very difficult; they often feel guilty and ashamed. They get defensive and lash out if you try to approach the subject of sexual addiction. If somehow, you convince them to seek help and see a sex addiction counselor, you immediately wonder whether your child’s sex addiction can be cured?
Like any other addiction, sex addiction can be treated by several methods:
Therapy is considered to be one of the most effective methods of treating sexual addiction. Psychologists treat sex addicts with cognitive behavioral therapy. In the span of several sessions, the therapist will talk to the teenager to determine underlying causes of his/her addiction. There are more effective therapeutic techniques available then simple one on one session. Programs like STAR Guides’ wilderness therapy, can help teens work out their issues under the guidance of experienced therapists.
There are several organizations that work to help sex addicts across the country; Sex Addicts Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous etc, provide step-by-step programs that can help in managing a teenagers’ sex addiction.
You can choose to enroll you child in an addiction treatment facility. The programs in rehab facilities have different time periods. This is the most expensive option, as rehab facilities can charge a high per day price for treatment.
In some rare cases sex addicts can even be prescribed some medication to help them curb their desires. The drugs can help sex addicts control their sexual appetite. But caution must be exercised when choosing this option. As the teens have addictive tendencies, their drug usage must be comprehensively monitored.
Before you can choose the right treatment method for your child, you should have an honest conversation with them. Their own will is essential for any type of treatment to take effect. After the right therapeutic treatments and guidance, teens can manage their addiction and even overcome it.
STAR Guides is a first of its kind addiction therapy center. It offers uniquely designed wilderness therapy for adolescents struggling with sexual behavior issues. STAR Guides provides navigation for the whole family of people faced with the challenge of disruptive sexual behaviors. Sexual compulsivity, pornography, cyber-sex addiction and sexual offences are some of the issues that are treated in this program.
For more information, please visit https://starguideswilderness.com/
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.