Sexual Addiction

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) describes sexual addiction as “a persistent and escalating pattern or patterns of sexual behaviors acted out despite increasingly negative consequences to self or others.”

Many rehabs now have a sexual addiction component since it is often a co-occurring condition and treatment consists of many of the same proven addiction treatment strategies.

The one major difference between the treatment of sexual addiction and the treatment for substance abuse is the goal is not lifelong abstinence, but a termination of compulsive, unhealthy sexual behavior.

Treatment includes:

  • Education about healthy sexuality
  • Individual counseling
  • Support groups
  • Marital and/or family therapy

Treatment often takes place during a period of self-imposed abstinence.  Medication may also be prescribed to treat the compulsive nature of the addiction.


Find a rehab facility that specializes in treatment for sex addiction.