Sexual Addictions

“A moment comes for every addict when the consequences are so great or the pain is so bad that the addict admits life is out of control because of his or her sexual behavior.” Out of the Shadows, Third Edition by Patrick Carnes, PhD, Copyright 2001 by Hazelden Foundation. Reprinted by permission of Hazelden Foundation, Center City, MN.

At Nickerson & Associates, PC, our counselors are specially trained to deal with sexual addiction. We work with people who have issues arising from sexual behavior problems, including sexual addictions of all kinds—from pornography addiction to Internet addiction. Many people seek help when their sexual behaviors and infidelities are compromising their ability to maintain a meaningful committed relationship. While sex can be a pleasurable part of life, its misuse can lead to infinite heartache and misery. Sex addiction therapy addresses the multi-faceted origins of sexual addictions. These issues are rooted in an attempt to cope with painful non-sexual issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and broken relationships.

The signs of sexual addiction are varied. They can include the following:

  • Are you engaging in behavior that does not fit with your values?
  • Have you repeatedly said to yourself “never again” and found yourself doing the same unhealthy sexual behaviors, no matter how hard you try?
  • Have your betrayals resulted in broken relationships with your spouse, significant other, children, family members and business associates?
  • Do you find yourself lying to loved ones, friends and family every day?
  • Do you have secret debts that you are hiding from your spouse?
  • Are you moody and irritable as a result of your secret lifestyle? Are you defensive when your spouse asks you where you have been?
  • Are you risking your job or have you lost a job through your secret computer use to access pornography or sex chats?
  • Do you refuse to allow your spouse or significant other to use your cellphone in an effort to avoid detection of your secrets?
  • Do you erase your computer history after an online session in hopes of preventing your spouse from discovering your online activities?
  • Do you sometimes wonder if you need pornography addiction treatment?

If you find yourself nodding in agreement as you read these questions, it is time for you to stop the insanity of your secret lifestyle and seek help. Sex addiction therapy can help you get your life back on track.

We are located conveniently a mile down the road from the DuPage County Courthouse and work with clients from Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville and the surrounding area.

Contact us today at (630) 752-9725 or by email.