Unless treatment addresses both problems comprehensively and simultaneously, the relapse risk is exceptionally high as the desire to return to past sexually intense experiences inevitably leads back to active drug abuse.
(PRWEB) February 18, 2013
Elements Behavioral Health invites clinicians and treatment professionals to a workshop titled “Stimulant and Sexual Addictions: Assessing and Working with the Dually Addicted Client” on Feb. 28, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Lod Cook Alumni Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Some people who abuse stimulant drugs, such as cocaine and crystal meth, and “party drugs,” such as GHB, MDMA and ketamine, pair their drug use with sexual acting out (for example, anonymous sex or compulsive pornography use). The goal of this presentation is to offer clinicians an understanding of the interaction between stimulant drug abuse and sexual behavior and to provide them with the assessment tools and treatment resources to help clients with this type of dual addiction.
“When an individual is abusing stimulants and engaging in sexual behavior, treatment typically focuses on the drug abuse – the underlying assumption being that once sober, the sexual behavior will stop,” said Mr. Weiss. “But unless treatment addresses both problems comprehensively and simultaneously, the relapse risk is exceptionally high as the desire to return to past sexually intense experiences inevitably leads back to active drug abuse.”
At the workshop, Mr. Weiss will discuss the type of intensive, non-shaming treatment that is most effective for people struggling with both stimulant drug abuse and sexual acting out, with an emphasis on aftercare, relapse prevention, and healthy, sober intimacy and sexuality. Treatment must also address the impact past sexual behavior may have had on partners, spouses and families as well as the topic of “sober sex,” which is often a mystery to people with a long history of stimulant abuse.
Workshop attendees will earn two CEUs. To register or learn more about Mr. Weiss’ other speaking engagements, visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page or contact Jeanette Lisalda at (866) 825-1104 or jlisalda (at) theelements (dot) com.
About Robert Weiss
Robert Weiss is the founder of The Sexual Recovery Institute, Director of Sexual Disorders Services for Elements Behavioral Health, and has developed both The Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch in Tennessee and the Stimulant and Sexual Disorders Program at Promises Malibu. A media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, ESPN, Time Magazine and the Today Show, among others, Mr. Weiss also has provided clinical training and program development for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. military, and behavioral treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
About The Ranch
Since 1997, The Ranch has provided comprehensive therapeutic programs that treat the underlying causes of eating disorders, addictions and other self-defeating behaviors. The Ranch offers innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the whole person while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment. Located on a working horse ranch in the beautiful rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tennessee, The Ranch offers programs with a variable length of stay, which allows each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch, call (866) 381-8447 or visit http://www.recoveryranch.com.
About Promises Treatment Centers
Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in southern California. Led by some of the country’s leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been a drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 25 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, call (877) 351-7506 or visit http://www.promises.com.
About The Sexual Recovery Institute
The Sexual Recovery Institute is the nation’s premier outpatient program for men and women struggling with relationship, love and sex addiction. Based in Los Angeles, California, the institute offers confidential, affordable and gender-specific programs that encourage healthy sexuality and intimacy, including two-week intensives and individual, group and couples treatment. For more information about The Sexual Recovery Institute, call (866) 819-7849 or visit http://www.sexualrecovery.com.
The Ranch, Promises Treatment Centers and The Sexual Recovery Institute are part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes The Recovery Place, Spirit Lodge and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the client but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.