Here at Sexual Addiction Treatment Services, we’re here to help. But you might wonder, what can really be done to help those who engage in problematic sexual behavior? What can ensure that they have a genuine chance of beating their addiction and getting back to leading a normal life? Today we’re going to take a quick look at four primary ways that a person can help get past out-of-control sexual behavior.

A Desire to Change

Most people who engage in problematic sexual behavior know that what they’re doing is wrong and have an interest in changing. They’re interested in stopping so that their actions will make their life, and the lives of those around them, better.

Unfortunately, some people can’t see that. They might see nothing wrong with what they’re doing, and are only seeking help because they are forced to do so by the courts. Someone coming in on their own volition is considerably more likely to change than someone who doesn’t see why they should change.

Talking With A Therapist

As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, many of Sigmund Freud’s theories have fallen away over the years. But the one thing that has proven to work has been talk therapy, more commonly called psychotherapy. Psychotherapy provides a safe place for people to talk about their problems, whether it’s with relationships, work, or, as is the case with SATS, problematic sexual behavior.

When talking about these problems, many things come to light. Simply saying things out loud can be a great help to our clients, because it might be something that they won’t realize until they admit it to themselves. Talking through the situation can bring many problems to the surface, including sexual abuse to the client that they might have repressed.

Mental Health Testing

Mental health testing is an excellent way of aiding psychotherapy. The questions asked can not only help the therapist gently guide the conversations to the right place, but can also raise questions that the client might need to start thinking about. We’re able to administer and interpret the results of the MMPI, MCMI-III, ABEL screening, SAST-R, Static-99, MNSOST-R, and many others. Such tests can also help during a court hearing.

A Support System

We all need support in our lives, because humans are social beings. Sometimes it’s financial support, other times emotional. A person without a support system will be more likely to fall back on destructive habits and lifestyles.

Unfortunately, those who experience problematic sexual behavior are more likely to have alienated their support system, whether that’s friends of family. If those ties can be reformed, a person who wants to get help will be more likely to succeed.

We want to help, and we’re ready to do what we can to get people on the other side of out of control sexual behavior. To see a list of the services we offer to those who are suffering from problematic sexual behavior, click this link.

Curious if we can help? Contact Sexual Addiction Treatment Services today with any questions you might have.