Sex addiction treatment in Gibraltar uses the exclusive and highly successful REMEDY® process which is similar to other behavior related addiction treatment. One key difference between treatment for sex addiction in Gibraltar by the REMEDY method® and most other addictions is that lifelong abstinence is not the goal. Instead, the treatment and recovery process will aim for the patient to develop a healthy relationship with sex. What this relationship looks like will be discussed and agreed with the patient, and will form the goal of the recovery process.
Like recovery from a substance abuse, recovery from sex addiction in Gibraltar is likely to start with a period of abstinence. Although there is no detox process to go through, abstaining from sex will start the process of resetting the brain’s relationship with sex. It is likely this, at least initially, is best undertaken in a residential facility. This means the environment is highly controlled, and it is not possible to succumb to temptation.
In-patient therapy will also be a core component of rehabilitation and recovery from sex addiction in Gibraltar. Psychodynamic therapy might be used to explore the patient’s relationship with sex, helping them to understand what initially created that relationship and the need that it fulfills in them. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also particularly effective. As an active therapy, it equips the patient to recognize their causes and triggers for their behavior and develop responses that break the chain of actions that previously would have fed their addiction.
It is possible that medications approved in Gibraltar might be used. It is unlikely that these would be prescribed to reduce a patient’s libido. Although such medications do exist, the aim of treatment is to move the patient to healthy sexual desire, not to chemically remove all desire.1
However, other medications might be prescribed, especially is there is a dual diagnosis. Sex addiction frequently results from other problems, for example attempts to lift depression or as a response to a previous trauma. However, medications used to treat these might help with sexual addiction. Antidepressants, for example might remove the need for the dopamine hit from sexual activity. Naltrexone is also sometimes used; this can help remove the perceived benefits that an addict gets from their addiction.
Recovery from sex addiction in Gibraltar can, however, be a lengthy process. The period of abstinence, during which the brain can start the process of rewiring its reward pathways, can be long, especially if the addiction was severe or long-lasting. However, even if not, the fact that sex is normal and the recovered addict will, at some stage, return to being sexually active means that like any addiction, recovery is a life-long process. The former addict will have to be constantly aware of their behavior to ensure that they are not relapsing, especially as this can happen gradually.
Sex addiction, like any addiction, can have devastating consequences, but the prospects for recovery after sex addiction treatment in Gibraltar are good. The chances of recovery are maximized when supported by professionals and, especially, when any co-occurring disorders are diagnosed and treated alongside the sex addiction.