Treatment for Sex Addictions

Recovery from Sexual Addictions

“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15

Heritage Counseling Center offers counseling for adults stuck in the compulsive and ritualistic patterns of sexual addiction. Sexual addiction typically occurs in the following stages: preoccupation with fantasies of sexual prospects and situations; ritualization or repetition of sexual activity; compulsion with sexual activity despite negative consequences of it; deviant behavior into the “darker” regions of sexual activity; and despair—the guilt and shame over the inability to control behavior or to feel unable to experience remorse. Sexual addiction is often complicated by chemical dependency and/or eating disorders. It can lead to unhealthy relationship activity.

Contributing to and complicating sexual addiction is a chemical in the brain activated by imaginary and sensory stimulation that physiologically leads to feelings of euphoria that overrides the ability to regain and maintain control, even in the presence of intellectual and spiritual conviction. The result is feelings of debilitating guilt and shame that promote additional addictive behavior. People with good, even godly, intentions can feel paralyzed by their “secret life” in relationships with those they love the most.

At HCC we can help adults to recover from the addictive lifestyle they have grown to loathe but cannot seem to escape. Our ABC approach to Christ-centered recovery is geared to helping people to experience freedom from all stages of sexual addiction—transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2).

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1


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