If you’re wondering, “am I a Sex Addict?” then the first thing you might want to think about is what you want to call it. The label “sex addict” has an enormous stigma attached to it—perhaps even greater than the stigma associated with substance use disorders. People labeled “sex addicts” often feel intense shame resulting both from their own perception of the stigma and also from how it causes other people to perceive and interact with them. As always, the additional distress, low self-esteem, and low self-efficacy caused by shame make it much harder for people to effectively work towards recovery and get better.
Opinion by EHN Staff Writer Written by Mike Quarress, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist at Edgewood Treatment Centre. The first glance, a click or a swipe away, and it’s love at first sight! The motivation centers of the brain are activated, within seconds a plan is formulated, and pathways related to sex addiction are reinforced. … Read more
Written by Mike Quarress, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist at Edgewood Treatment Centre. In his years of research, Dr. Carnes, pioneer in the field of compulsive sexual behaviours, has compiled ten types of problematic sexual behaviours, comprising behaviours and thoughts rooted in pathological core beliefs, which we use today to help identify sex addiction. The … Read more
EHN Canada recently attended the IITAP symposium in Phoenix, AZ, and CSAT Counsellor Mike Quarres hand-delivered this letter from a current patient in Edgewood’s Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Program. Hello Dr. Carnes, I have a deep appreciation for you. The procedures you have published in the book “Facing the Shadow” have been very helpful. I am … Read more
Written by Mike Quarress, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist at Edgewood Treatment Centre. Much controversy surrounds the idea of “love addiction.” People ask, “can one really be addicted to love?” But, one of the fastest growing 12 Step fellowships is Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA). Heck, even Robert Palmer wrote a song with the … Read more