“Like an alcoholic is unable to stop drinking, sexual addicts are unable to stop their self-destructive sexual behavior. Family breakups, financial disaster, loss of jobs, and risk to life are the painful themes of their stories.
Sex addicts come from all walks of life - they may be ministers, physicians, homemakers, factory workers, salespersons, secretaries, clerks, accountants, therapists, dentists, politicians, or executives, to name just a few examples. Most were abused as children - sexually, physically, and/or emotionally. The majority grew up in families in which addiction already flourished, including alcoholism, compulsive eating, and compulsive gambling. Most grapple with other addictions as well, but they find sex addiction the most difficult to stop.
Much hope nevertheless exists for these addicts and their families. Sex addicts have shown an ability to transform a life of self-destruction into a life of self-care, a life in chaos and despair into one of confidence and peace.”
— Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D.
Author of Out of the Shadows
Group treatment can be an effective and successful component of a comprehensive recovery plan for sex addicts, and also for their spouses. Our groups, which are both directive and interactive, are comprised of six to eight same-sex members along with two co-leaders. Group members agree to a nine-month commitment, meeting once monthly for three hours, in a comfortable and confidential location on St. Simons Island. Cost is $150 per month.
Recovering sex addicts typically experience pain and damage that goes to the core of their being. Patrick Carnes, Ph. D., international expert in sexual addiction research and treatment, has designed the format of our groups to assist participants in breaking free from denial, isolation and shame, and creating a revitalized, interpersonal network of family, friends, and recovery support. Goals of the group center on maintaining a group consciousness of sexual sobriety, accountability, and personal integrity.
If you are working with an individual therapist and want to increase specific competencies proven to enhance the ability to manage one’s life and illness our groups are for you.
Living with or discovering a spouse’s hidden sexual life can be overwhelming, shameful, frightening, confusing and infuriating. Our groups can help you cope with the fear, anger, concern, and confusion you may be experiencing. They are a helpful, confidential way to find support, understanding and direction.
If you are a woman who is experiencing sexual betrayal, lies and dishonesty, cheating, adultery, broken vows and trust because of a spouse’s double life and affairs, you will find safe, confidential, competent treatment and support in these groups.
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