Professional site for Staci Sprout, LICSW, CSAT: Licensed psychotherapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and author of "Naked in Public: A Memoir of Recovery From Sex Addiction and Other Temporary Insanities."
THE SEX ADDICTION CONTROVERSY: my POINT OF VIEW
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.
I believe in the concept of sex addiction as an umbrella term to explain a dis-ease that some people suffer. How many? Due to taboos and research limitations, there are only estimates. A 2011 Time article "The Sex Addiction Epidemic" estimated between 3 - 5 % of the U.S. population; in today's numbers that would average 12.75 million people. If you want to learn more about criteria for sex addiction, check out the questions here: Am I a Sex Addict? There are other qualifiers under this umbrella term, for example, "love addiction," "sexaholism," romance addiction," "porn addiction," and "relationship addiction."
These terms are NOT interchangeable with "out-of-control sexual behavior" or "hypersexuality," which I see as descriptors and not diseases. Someone who has episodes of hypersexuality may or may not be sexually addicted. When sexual addiction takes hold of an individual, it has devastating effects on them, those who love them, and the community. The more power this person has, the more harm they can cause themselves and others. Sex addiction is an out-of-control sexual behavior pattern on the far end of the continuum; it's extreme. The disease can be fatal.
I am so convinced of the validity of the sex addiction concept that I published my own experience as a sex addict, using my real name, now easily accessible to anyone who has access to the Internet, forever. To avoid any mistake about what I was talking about, I chose an evocative title: Naked in Public: A Memoir of Recovery From Sex Addiction and Other Temporary Insanities.
Though it was not easy, I surrendered my privacy in order to promote awareness of both the devastation of untreated sex addiction, and the hope that when successfully intervened upon, people can and do recover from it - as long as they remain committed to what works over time. I have experienced this, as have many of my closest friends and others I've had the privilege to know.
On the journey to global recognition and acceptance of sex addiction, which I believe will happen, I have noticed the same milestones famously outlined by M. Gandhi in the quote above. The fight for and against sex addiction awareness is occurring in the media at unprecedented levels these days, and confusion abounds. But who's behind the controversy? What are the issues? I created this special issue of my newsletter, called "The Sex Addiction Controversy" to help readers better understand the various organizations invested in the sex addiction concept (or its dismissal), and where they stand.
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"One of the most compelling recovery stories I've read." --Claudia Black
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Hello and welcome to my website!
I am fascinated by the cultural transformation I see related to sexual addiction, and want to share the good news that recovery is happening, stigma is reducing, and people are speaking up more and more about what works for them, and why.
Individuals, couples and families are healing from sexual addiction, and I want you to know about it! That's why I shared my own recovery story in my memoir, and why I create a regular newsletter to compile the latest and greatest information on the topic. I post about this often on Facebook and Twitter, and I see individuals, couples and groups growing beyond sexual compulsivity in my private practice, r.evolution psychotherapy.
Please join me in the new sexual r.evolution - one that honors the incredible power of the Internet to catalyze "our" "dot" "evolution" (r.evolution)! I know that sex addiction can gracefully end in our lifetime, if enough people learn how.
Please join me to get the safe, vulnerable (aka "naked") conversations going, and step out of secrecy and into safety, sobriety and sexual integrity for all!
r.evolution psychotherapy is a private practice dedicated to therapeutic recovery from sexual/relationship addiction, intimacy avoidance, and codependency.
After over a decade in social work and clinical care, I became a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist in 2006, and have the honor of supporting women, men, couples and families to recover, heal and thrive ever since!
Staci Sprout is a licensed psychotherapist and author from the Greater Seattle area of beautiful Washington state, USA.