Speaker Alex Karimi is currently on a tour of East and West Europe providing the same great advice to our European friends. He will be available for speaking engagements at the beginning of May 2019..
By Alex Karimi, PhDc
I spent most of my life around people with Alcohol or Heroin addictions. Their problems became my problems. The addicts are unaware of the effects of their addiction on their family and close friends. It was for this reason that I chose to spend almost 18 months working as a Substance Abuse Counselor at BAART Methadone Treatment Clinic, Beverly Drive, Los Angeles.
With an average caseload of over 35, I dedicated my time and efforts to helping individuals overcome their addiction. These were people from all walks of life. From Rock-stars and actors to the taxi drivers and the homeless, I treated them all. My success rate was so high that the level of demand for my sessions became overwhelming.
Today I continue that same dedication and treatment techniques in my private practice and help just as diverse a population as I did then.
When the word addiction is mentioned, most people think of illegal material such as Heroin, Cocaine, or other similar habit-forming substances. In recent years new forms of addiction have surfaced. Terms such as gambling, food, and sex addiction have become more popular. Therefore addition is not just about substances, but there are other addictive behaviors that are just as destructive to our lives as these substances.
One of the major problems we are facing in our modern society is Love and/or Sex Addiction. These can be more damaging than any substance. This form of addiction not only hurts the addict, but their families including wife/husband, children and grandchildren, their jobs, their friends and the circle just gets wider and wider.
Treating sex addiction involves teaching the patient new ways of behaving as well as new ways of thinking since sex addiction is both a behavioral disorder and a thought disorder. One of my specialties is treating love/sexual addiction. Through the years, I have attended group meetings, interviewed sex addicts, read dozens of research material and treated tens of individuals with this type of addiction. I have produced my own program of treatment which has proven to be very successful. Using this program I interview the patient with very specific questions. I will then produce a specific treatment plan for that particular patient and in a very directive, way teach the patient how to use the plan. These plans are patient specific based on the interviews that I have had with them.
I also try to involve partners in this treatment. Partners of Love/Sex addicts have been hurt and need their own treatment. Helping the addicted member of the family with their treatment will become a part of their own recovery and treatment. This, in turn, will help get family ties closer and ensure the minimization of relapse.
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Here are a few guidelines. Do you ever have these thoughts or feelings:
These are just some of the traits of a sex addict. Sex takes over and controls everything.