StepHouse Recovery Now Treats Hypersexual Disorders and Codependency

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The program aims to reduce the stigma of sexual addiction while treating the underlying conditions of this widely underreported disorder.

Our goal at StepHouse Recovery is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment where those with codependent and hypersexual disorders can get the treatment they need without fear of judgment and castigation.

StepHouse Recovery, an addiction rehabilitation center headquartered in Fountain Valley, recently unveiled an outpatient therapy program aimed at treating sexual addiction and codependency. Based on the addiction model which is directly analogous to drug and alcohol dependencies, the treatment method prioritizes the understanding of sexual addiction as a disease, in need of a proper diagnosis and care, rather than as a breach of morals or self-control.

“Treating sex addiction and codependency may have its own unique set of challenges in comparison to how we treat chemical addictions” says George Vilagut, CEO and Founder of StepHouse Recovery, who spearheaded the program. “But like that fix or high alcoholics and drug addicts seek, sex addicts and codependents are often engaging in these behaviors as forms of escapism from troubling emotions, or to cope with lurking mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. Our goal in treating sex addiction, codependency, and the majority of addictions is to treat the underlying causes so healing can take root.”

Conditions and behaviors to be treated include (but are not limited to) the impulsive, repetitive use of pornography, consistent immersion in adult bookstores and other sex-themed environments, serial infidelity, a series of casual anonymous sexual encounters and/or brief affairs, consistent engagement in prostitution and other sexual services, compulsive masturbation, voyeurism and exhibitionism. What’s crucial to identifying a sex or love addict has to do with the high-cost consequences incurred in major areas of a person’s life (such as health, finances, career and significant relationships), as well as his or her inability to control them, despite any accompanying feelings of guilt and shame.

Vilagut hopes that the new program will help destigmatize sexual addiction and remove barriers to what he and many others consider a treatable condition. Though it’s estimated that 5 percent of the Americans struggle with hypersexuality, the number is likely to be higher because so few are willing to admit that they have a problem. “In contrast to those who need help for their substance abuse disorders, men and women with sexual addictions face additional obstacles to treatment, making it a lonely struggle for the majority of them,” Vilagut says. “Whether those influences are social, cultural or religious in nature, sex addicts are often isolated from the shame and humiliation of what they perceive is a highly-personal and morally-defective condition. Our goal at StepHouse Recovery is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment where those with codependent and hypersexual disorders can get the treatment they need without fear of judgment and castigation.”

For more information about StepHouse Recovery's sexual recovery program or program enrollment, contact George Vilagut at 1(888) 923-7623 or email georgev(at)stephouserecovery(dot)com.

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