Without a doubt, support from family and friends can be crucial when someone is suffering from problematic sexual behavior. Help from loved ones can go a long way to helping someone with their pornography addiction or other out-of-control sexual behavior.

While it would be nice if that sort of support could completely free someone from their addiction, it almost never happens. Nearly everyone requires the help of a trained professional in order to get control of their problematic sexual behavior. Not only that, but there other very important reasons why a doctor should be involved with treatment for an individual.

Professional Counselors Have Training

This might go without saying, but professional counselors have extensive training helping people with their problems. At Sexual Addiction Treatment Services, it even goes beyond that: our specialty is helping people who have problems with out-of-control sexual behavior. Not only do we have the specific training — our founder, Dr. Weeks, is is a Certified Sexual Addiction Treatment Specialist, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Clinical Member Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider — but we also have hundreds of hours working with those who need our help. We’ve seen what works and what doesn’t, and can adapt the treatment to the individual.

We have no doubt that the loved ones of the person with a sexual control issue want to help them, but simply reading a few articles on the internet is not going to be enough. A professional become a necessity.

Professional Counselors Have Distance

Most people are very good at revealing certain parts of themselves and restricting other parts. This is especially true when talking to someone with whom they have a relationship. They might be very open about parts of their personality while holding back the parts that they think they might be judged for. They’re especially likely to hold back anything that they’re ashamed of, and most times they won’t reveal the truth about their out of control sexual behavior to a family member.

One of the most important aspects of counseling is that we give our patients the ability to speak their minds. They don’t have to worry about “losing us” or becoming estranged, as they might with a loved one. We give them a venue in which they can open up and address the problems that might have led to their problems. Yes, we care for our patients at Sexual Addiction Treatment Services and want to see them get better. But we’re also an unbiased third party so that they can open up more easily.

Professional Counselors Can Testify

One of the benefits of working with an expert from SATS is that we are able to testify in a court of law. While that’s true of anyone, our role as experts (as opposed to family members and friends, who can be seen as unreliable witnesses) can help with trials. Dr. Weeks, for example, is recognized as an expert witness in Pennsylvania and the Federal Court System.

Contact SATS Today

Having the help of friends and family can be crucial, but relying on them entirely often has little-to-no long-term benefits. If you need help, you need a professional. Contact us today to get started on your problematic sexual behavior.