Rob Weiss, LCSW is hosting an online discussion group on the topic of “Women & Sexual Addiction” tonight at 6pm (PST) at InTheRooms.com, an online recovery group site. Sharing his view on this topic he writes:
“Sometimes people think sex addiction is a males-only issue. However, that is not the case. Women are just as susceptible as men to the escapist neurochemical rush created by compulsive sexual fantasies and behaviors. Unfortunately, female sex addicts are much less likely to self-identify as being sexually addicted and to seek treatment for the disorder.
Most likely, this reticence is caused by socio-cultural attitudes toward gender and sexuality. Essentially, men with out of control sex lives are often viewed by their peers as studs, ladies men, and players. Meanwhile, women engaging in the same behaviors may be called whores, sluts, homewreckers, and all sorts of other not very nice names. Thus, male sex addicts tend to be less ashamed about and more willing to discuss their sexual compulsivity. Sometimes they’re actually quite proud of their sexual adventuring, despite the repeated and continually escalating negative consequences they’ve experienced. Conversely, female sex addicts tend to downplay their sexual behaviors. If pressed, they’ll typically talk about how they’re having relationship problems.”
These online groups are not therapy groups but can be helpful resources for those seeking information and support. Also, I cannot vouch for the content or language of any individual meeting.
For females seeking help in this area, we at LifeSTAR of the Central Valley provide specialized treatment to both female and male sexual addicts of all ages (in separate programs). We have an adult treatment program for female sexual addicts and are soon starting a YouthSTAR program for sexually addicted teenage girls. Both groups are led by Karen Huckaby, a therapist who is passionate about helping women struggling in these areas. Please contact us for more information. There is hope.
-By Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!