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Facts and Information About Sex Addiction

Sex addiction, or sexual dependency, is a condition in which one has an inability in managing his or her sexual behavior. They engage in sex compulsively and are unable to control his or her libido. In the clinical setting, it’s been difficult to classify sex addiction as a legitimate disorder. At the clinical diagnostic level, sex addiction is a psychological condition rather than chemical, such as drug addiction and alcoholism. Its etymology comes from proponents of the concept who have compared the compulsive need for sex to the compulsive need for drugs by addicts. Much of its definition is rooted in the idea of obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is a legitimate disorder. The condition of uncontrollable or excessive sexual desire in the medical vernacular is nymphomania in women, satyriasis in men.

Since sex abuse and sex addiction do not meet all the standards of the DSM-IV regarding drug abuse and drug addiction, it has made it difficult to compartmentalize it among other addictive disorders. Thus, it has become necessary for the proponents to modify the criteria of the DSM-IV for substance dependency in order to encompass sex as being something with potential for abuse and addiction. Some of the key points that have been made are that sex addicts who engage in sex compulsively, like drug addicts, experience consequences for their behavior, and many will persist in spite of these consequences, or in spite of efforts to manage their compulsions. Also, like drug addicts, who are excessively preoccupied with using drugs or obtaining drugs, one of the key signs of sex addiction is being overly obsessed with the act of sex or preparation for sex. Like drugs, sex’s desired effect can gradually mitigate over time, and it’s in these times that sex addicts will most often increase the incidence and intensity with which they engage in sex. Finally, like drug addicts who have symptoms of restlessness, irritability, and discontent until they experience the ease and comfort that comes with using, or in this case, sex. Like drug addicts, sex addicts tend to exhibit the very same symptoms in “sex withdrawal.”

Sex, moreover, stimulates neurochemical activity in the brain similar to the tune of drugs. Especially with greater frequency, sex affects parasympathetic nervous functions. Some of these sex effects are increased production of pleasurable neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and acetylcholine. These excessive yields of hormones and neurotransmitters can cause drastic biological and biochemical changes. As a result or these changes in bodily chemistry, some of the more common symptoms of sex addiction are decreased concentration and memory functions due to the acetylcholine that’s being overdrawn.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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