Tags: sexuality | counseling | 12-step program

Support for Out-of-Control Behavior

Dr. Aline Zoldbrod By Monday, 19 June 2017 04:26 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Out-of-control sexual behavior is on the rise in society, largely I believe because of the proliferation of free pornography on the Internet.

There are many types of out-of-control sexual behavior: pornography addiction, chat roulette, illicit sex providers, and having compulsive affairs to name just a few.

But there is help available. Personally, I like 12-step programs. Whether or not you believe in God or a higher power, these groups fill a number of important needs, including affiliation, a sponsor you can call day or night, and that "aha" experience of that you're seeing yourself in someone else’s behavior.

For people who do not believe in God, members find a way to see past that aspect of these groups. For instance, patients I have treated have decided that their “higher power” is the power of the support group itself.

Here are three groups you should know about:

1.Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA).This group was founded in 1977. Importantly, SAA says it is a safe place for heterosexuals, homosexuals, and bisexuals who wish to treat their addictive sexual behaviors. Each person create his/her own definition of sexual sobriety - a personalized list of compulsive sexual behaviors from which he/she will abstain. Each person’s definition of sobriety is respected, and they can vary greatly.

2.Sexaholics Anonymous (SA). According to it’s website, SA is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope so that their common problem may be solved, as well as helping others to recover. The organization has no dues or fees, and survives through contributions. SAA’s recovery program is based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and received permission from that organization to use its 12-Steps and 12-Traditions in 1979.

3.Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA). According to the organization, "SCA is a 12-Step fellowship, inclusive of all sexual orientations, open to anyone with a desire to recover from sexual compulsion. We are not group therapy, but a spiritual program that provides a safe environment for working on problems of sexual addiction and sexual sobriety. There are no requirements for admission to our meetings: anyone having difficulties with sexual compulsion is welcome."

It is possible to get your out of control sexual behavior om control again. This story may inspire you.

Once you have actually decided that you have a problem, there are a lot of free resources which can help you get the strength and the support you will need to re-wire your brain.

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Out-of-control sexual behavior is on the rise in society, largely I believe because of the proliferation of free pornography on the Internet.
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Monday, 19 June 2017 04:26 PM
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