Sex and Pornography 

Addiction Treatment

Treatment For Sex & Pornography Addiction in Orange County

D’AMORE HEALTHCARE’S TREATS SEX AND PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

Sex addiction and pornography addiction can put a severe strain on personal relationships.  With increased access to the internet and the online capabilities of mobile devices, anyone can view pornography at any time.  Pornography addiction does not always have obvious consequences.  A porn addict can spend hours consuming various forms of pornographic content.  Eventually, the time spent viewing porn takes the place of working, sleeping, eating and spending intimate time with your partner.

D’Amore Healthcare’s residential mental health and addiction treatment facility in Orange County, CA provides a secure, confidential and comfortable environment to allow both you and your loved ones to heal.  At D’Amore you can begin to get to the root of the addict’s need to avoid intimacy, develop better coping skills for stress and anxiety, and learn how to build healthy relationships.  Furthermore, our compassionate and expert staff will work with you to devise an individualized treatment plan best suited to your needs.

Our addiction treatment center will take your entire medical and psychological history into consideration.  As part of a well-trained and licensed staff, our clinicians pride themselves in situating you with the right amount of education, counseling, activities and personal growth assignments.  As a result, with sustained engagement and time, individuals will develop relationships with like-minded peers and find themselves responding to triggers or cravings with uncanny awareness and purposefulness.

D’AMORE HELPS RESTORE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Attending D’Amore Healthcare’s residential treatment program will remove you from the triggers of sex-saturated media and Internet pornography and place you in an environment where you can begin to practice healthy, loving relationships.  Our nationally-recognized and state-licensed staff is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you through the pitfalls of early recovery.  With the guidance and support of D’Amore Healthcare, you will learn to live an authentic life with healthy, balanced relationships.

D’Amore Healthcare is a dual diagnosis, mental health and addiction treatment center for men and women specializing in the intervention, acute stabilization and residential treatment of sex and pornography addiction.  We are a Joint Commission accredited, California-certified facility located in the sunny, beach community of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California.

SEX & PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION TREATMENT

Recovery from pornography addiction is possible. Once a person realizes that they have an unhealthy relationship with pornography, they can begin the healing process. In order to treat an addiction to internet pornography, an addict must come to the realization that their addiction is not a moral flaw that should bring them shame. In actuality, they are one of a growing number of people who share a condition that they are unable to control. Porn addiction is often co-occurring with substance use disorders and other mental health disorders. In order to identify the issues, an addict is facing and work toward recovery. D’Amore Healthcare is adequately equipped to assist addicted individuals with many forms of behavioral health issues.

We offer the following addiction recovery services for those suffering from sex or pornography addiction:

  • Residential Sex and Pornography Addiction Treatment
  • Nutrition Guided Detoxification
  • Residential Mental Health Stabilization
  • Individual Counseling
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skill-building
  • Recreation, Exercise, and Meditation
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Family Counseling
  • Equine Therapy
  • Discharge Planning
  • Budgetary Counseling and Faith Community Linkages

WHAT IS SEX OR PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION?

Sex addiction is compulsively engaging in sexual activity despite any negative consequences that may occur.  Pornography addiction is a subset of sex addiction in which those afflicted continue to use pornography to the detriment of important aspects of their social and occupational lives.  The nature of sex and porn addiction makes compiling statistics problematic, but based on surveys it is estimated that 21 million men either believe they are addicted or are unsure if they’re addicted to pornography.

The subject of sex addiction is one that generates debate among mental health professionals, primarily over its classification.  However, based on the number of support groups available to those who suffer from sex addiction, the fact that there is a very real need to help those for whom sex has made their lives unmanageable is not up for debate.  Furthermore, the rise of public use of the Internet over the last 30 years has led to diminished human intimacy and an explosion in pornography addiction.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SEX AND PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

Sex and porn addictions can be devastating to be those afflicted and their loved ones. If you or someone you love is suffering from sex or porn addiction, please get help immediately. The path out of any addiction is difficult and sex and porn addiction can often mask co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, so professional help is often necessary. Call today to take your first steps toward a healthy addiction-free life.

  • Sexual choices are making life unmanageable
  • Failing to keep promises made about sexual activity
  • Feeling shame or embarrassment about sexual decisions
  • Mood swings
  • Becoming irritable when denied access to pornography
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dishonesty about pornography use
  • Pornography cravings
  • Needing progressively more explicit images to enjoy pornography

WHAT CAUSES PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

Watching pornography can be a harmless habit or an idle diversion.  However, when pornography starts to negatively affect a person’s life and they are unable to stop, they may have developed an addiction.  Because viewing pornography activates the same areas of the brain that addictive drugs do, medical professionals have likened porn addiction to a substance abuse disorder.  Pornography signals the release of the brain chemical dopamine, which causes the viewer to experience joy and pleasure.  While it is natural to associate these feelings with sex and arousal, someone who is addicted to pornography will habitually seek out pornography to chase this ‘high’.  In many instances, a person who has become addicted to pornography will be unable to experience these feelings of joy or pleasure without pornography.

Some people use porn as a coping mechanism to deal with more difficult issues.  Many of these people struggle with undiagnosed or untreated mental health disorders.  In these cases, pornography doesn’t serve the purpose that it does for other segments of the population.  For them, it becomes an escape from their problems.  It can be used to soothe feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety, or boredom.  When pornography becomes about much more than it was ever intended to be, it may be a sign of pornography addiction.

When someone uses pornography to attempt to deal with unresolved instances of trauma or psychological pain, they are at a greater risk of developing an addiction. Some people who are working through trauma without the help of a mental health professional develop an intense and unhealthy relationship with pornography.  They may use pornographic materials to try to dissociate from memories tied to past experiences of trauma.  Others who have lived through sexual abuse use porn to investigate sexual feelings.  For them, pornography can become an avenue where they can explore sexual situations that they may feel are unsafe or shameful.

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