Q&A: How sex addiction is treated

How sex addiction is treated

I have noticed several celebrities linked to sex addiction recently, most notably Tiger Woods. For those who enter sex addiction clinics, what sort of treatment do they receive?

Sex addiction treatments resemble those for alcohol or drug addiction. Patients often undergo weeks of inpatient therapy and their aftercare can last several years.

Typically, patients' days are filled with lectures and group sessions. Patients must dress a certain way, address each other a certain way and, most importantly, can never touch another patient without permission. Cell phones are left at home.

Spouses are encouraged to join some of the therapy because they are considered part of the overall problem.

"These kind of programs are very structured," Maureen Canning, a clinical consultant for sexual compulsive programs at the Meadows treatment facility in Arizona, told the Associated Press in January. "It's basically a 12-hour day every day, plus homework."

Once back home, patients' lives remain very structured so they don't have the urge or opportunity for unhealthy sex. Usually that involves having someone around to make sure patients stay out of trouble and keep up with their aftercare.

At Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Miss., one of the nation's leading sex addiction clinics, treatment is based on a 12-step program with intense study of such topics as sexual abuse and trauma, addictive relationships and cybersex.

Woods has said he's undergoing therapy, and though it's been widely reported that he was treated at Pine Grove, he hasn't ever acknowledged receiving sex addiction therapy.

The American Psychiatric Association does not list sex addiction as a diagnosable mental disorder, and there are no real statistics on how many people it might affect or the cure rate.

Fixing the recalled Toyotas

Toyota recently recalled approximately 8 million vehicles. How and where do they fix such a great number of vehicles? Is every one of them getting checked? What's the estimated cost of the fixes for Toyota?

Toyota has recalled more than 8.5 million vehicles worldwide — more than 6 million in the U.S. — because of floor mats that can trap accelerators, gas pedals that can become stuck and brake problems on its Prius hybrid. As with any recall, the repairs are being conducted at Toyota dealerships, with Toyota covering the cost. Every vehicle covered by the recall will be getting a fix, Toyota says, but the automaker is staggering the repairs over time because the recall is so large.

The automaker has estimated that repairs for the gas pedal recall and lost sales will cost it $2 billion.

Q&A: How sex addiction is treated 03/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 29, 2010 12:56pm]

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