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Clinical Psychology and Counseling
2150 Manchester Road
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Wheaton, IL 60187
Sexual Addiction: Assessment and Treatment
Sex addiction is one of the process addictions which are defined as an addiction to any experience or behavior that produces a change in mood. Other examples of process addictions include gambling addiction and eating, work, or exercise.
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Do you or a loved one: ​

  • Spend too much time and/or money on Internet sex sites?
  • Frequently visit online sex chat rooms?
  • Have difficulty getting in the “mood” without the use of pornography? 
  • Have a history of frequent affairs?
  • Spend money on prostitutes or “escort services?”
  • Make promises to stop sexual behavior only to break those promises? 
  • Keep secrets about sexual behavior or hide sexual behavior?
  • Experience negative consequences at work, school, home, or in social life due to sexual behavior?
  • Become preoccupied with sexual behavior or preparing for sexual activities?
  • Have difficulty resisting sexual impulses in order to engage in specific sexual behaviors?
  • Frequently engage in Internet behaviors to a greater extent or over a longer period of time than intended?
  • Try unsuccessfully to stop, reduce, or control those behaviors?
  • Spend too much time obtaining sex, being sexual, or recovering from sexual experiences?
  • Continue sexual behavior despite knowing that it is contributing to social, financial, psychological, or physical problems?
  • Increase the intensity, frequency, number, or risk level of behaviors in order to achieve the same effect; or noticing less effect with continued behaviors at the same level of intensity, frequency, number, or risk?
  • Give up or limit social, occupational, or recreational activities because of sexual behavior?
  • Experience distress, anxiety, restlessness, or irritability if unable to engage in sexual behavior?

If you recognize any of these warning signs in yourself or a loved one, please feel to contact our office at 630-752-9874 or for a confidential, comprehensive assessment.

As with any behavior, sexual behavior or cybersex can be healthy, compulsive, or addictive

Healthy sexuality is sexual behavior that is periodic, pleasurable, and controlled, with no adverse consequences.  

Compulsive sexuality is more driven, consuming more of a person's time and energy, poorly controlled, and continued despite negative consequences on a person's life.  

Sexual addiction includes compulsive sexuality, dominates a person's life to a major degree, and continues despite severe life consequences. In addition, the sexuality becomes a primary life focus, with more obsessive preoccupation about sexual behavior and irritability or negative feelings when sexual behavior is blocked.  As the addiction increases, the individual takes increased risks to engage in the behavior.  These risks can include  engaging in unprotected sex or viewing internet pornography in public or work settings.

Compulsive sexuality, sex addiction, and cybersex affect men and women, adolescents and adults. For adolescents, the incidence of cybersex, compulsive sexuality, and "sexting" is increasing.

Effective treatment must include careful, confidential assessment followed by treatment intensity tailored to include tasks, support, and strategies to gain initial recovery from the addiction, and understanding how the addiction developed, followed by longer-term stability, recovery and growth in relationships.

As Gary Dec, Psy.D. and Associates has three staff members who are Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSAT), we are able to provide the most comprehensive and coordinated treatment for the addicted individual, partner or spouse, couple, and family in the Chicago suburbs.   Because we have three CSAT certified therapists on our staff, we are able to offer treatment within our organization to support coordinated treatment and integrated recovery for the addicted individual, partner or spouse, and couple.

At times, an addicted individual requires more intensive treatment to attain initial sobriety and recovery.  For these individuals, we offer outpatient treatment spanning a continuum of intensity, from weekly individual sessions to intense outpatient programs including multiple hours of treatment daily over two-four weeks and encompassing individual, group, couple, and family treatment. 
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Assessment tools are available for individuals experiencing addiction, and for partners of addicted individuals.