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Sex addiction in Iran is a much-debated topic among the mental health community. The traditional model of addiction, which required an addictive substance, has changed and process, or behavioral, addictions like gambling are now recognized. However, there has never been agreement on whether activities like sex, a biological imperative, can be addictive. One this is for certain, there are more individuals identifying with sex addiction in Iran than ever before.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, or DSM, does not include sex addiction as a disorder. The concept was introduced in DSM-3 in the 1980s, but then removed in the next edition, DSM-4, because of the lack of research and consensus. Proposals to include it in the latest version, DSM-5, were rejected for the same reasons. The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) does propose “compulsive sexual behavior disorder” for inclusion in its next edition, ICD-11, but this is not defined as an addiction.
However, current understanding of addiction is finding that it is driven by the brain’s response to a substance or behavior, and the rewriting of its own pleasure pathways. This would suggest that sex addiction is just as possible as addiction to alcohol, drugs, or gambling.
The lack of inclusion in any diagnostic manual means that it’s not possible to formally diagnose sex addiction. However, using newer models of addiction it might be expected that symptoms would include changes in behavior, including obsession with sex, hiding behavior from others, taking risks to satisfy the addiction and feelings of guilt or shame.
REMEDY wellbeing recognizes and treats sex addiction in Iran. We have witnessed first-hand the destruction compulsive sexual behavior has on individuals and families and our sex addiction treatment program is designed to end the destructive cycle of repetitive and risk-taking behavior.
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Iran (Persian: ایرانIrân[ʔiːˈɾɒːn](listen)), also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Iraq and Turkey to the west, by Azerbaijan and Armenia to the northwest, by the Caspian Sea and Turkmenistan to the north, by Afghanistan and Pakistan to the east, and by the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to the south. It covers an area of 1,648,195 km (636,372 sq mi), making it the fourth-largest country entirely in Asia and the second-largest country in Western Asia behind Saudi Arabia. Iran has a population of 85 million, making it the 17th-most populous country in the world. Its largest cities, in descending order, are the capital Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Karaj, Shiraz, and Tabriz.
The country is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. It was first unified by the Medes, an ancient Iranian people, in the seventh century BC, and reached its territorial height in the sixth century BC, when Cyrus the Great founded the Achaemenid Persian Empire, which became one of the largest empires in history and has been described as the world’s first effective superpower. The Achaemenid Empire fell to Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC and was subsequently divided into several Hellenistic states. An Iranian rebellion established the Parthian Empire in the third century BC, which was succeeded in the third century AD by the Sassanid Empire, a major world power for the next four centuries. Arab Muslims conquered the empire in the seventh century AD, which led to the Islamization of Iran. It subsequently became a major center of Islamic culture and learning, with its art, literature, philosophy, and architecture spreading across the Muslim world and beyond during the Islamic Golden Age. Over the next two centuries, a series of native Iranian Muslim dynasties emerged before the Seljuk Turks and the Mongols conquered the region. In the 15th century, the native Safavids re-established a unified Iranian state and national identity, and converted the country to Shia Islam. Under the reign of Nader Shah in the 18th century, Iran once again became a major world power, though by the 19th century, a series of conflicts with the Russian Empire led to significant territorial losses. The early 20th century saw the Persian Constitutional Revolution. Efforts to nationalize its fossil fuel supply from Western companies led to an Anglo-American coup in 1953, which resulted in greater autocratic rule under Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and growing Western political influence. He went on to launch a far-reaching series of reforms in 1963. After the Iranian Revolution, the current Islamic Republic was established in 1979 by Ruhollah Khomeini, who became the country’s first Supreme Leader.
The government of Iran is an Islamic theocracy that includes elements of a presidential democracy, with the ultimate authority vested in an autocratic “Supreme Leader”; a position held by Ali Khamenei since Khomeini’s death in 1989. The Iranian government is widely considered to be authoritarian, and has attracted widespread criticism for its significant constraints and abuses against human rights and civil liberties, including several violent suppressions of mass protests, unfair elections, and limited rights for women and for children. It is also a focal point for Shia Islam within the Middle East, countering the long-existing Arab and Sunni hegemony within the region. Since the Iranian Revolution, the country is widely considered to be the largest adversary of Israel and also of Saudi Arabia. Iran is also considered to be one of the biggest players within Middle Eastern affairs, with its government being involved both directly and indirectly in the majority of modern Middle Eastern conflicts.
Iran is a regional and middle power, with a geopolitically strategic location in the Asian continent. It is a founding member of the United Nations, the ECO, the OIC, and the OPEC. It has large reserves of fossil fuels—including the second-largest natural gas supply and the fourth-largest proven oil reserves. The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 26 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, with the largest of these being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis, and Lurs.
What is compulsive sexual behavior?
Compulsive sexual behavior in Iran is more widely accepted, although remains a contentious subject. Part of the difficulties in thinking about the medical aspects of sexual behavior is that, for many, cultural factors will play a part.
Compulsive sexual behavior that requires sex addiction treatment in Iran, however, should not be confused with a high, but healthy, libido. Instead, it should consider the motivations and impulse control of the individual. The internet, for example, makes promiscuity much easier than the past, but while a high number of sexual partners in a short period might suggest a problem, more relevant will be what need those partners are fulfilling and what control an individual has over their behavior.
Similarly, other indicators such as adultery or the use of prostitution may stem from a sex addiction or compulsion, but there may be many reasons people have an illicit relationship or use sex-workers that are not a consequence of a mental health condition.
For some, the problem may be akin to an addiction, where an individual has become dependent on the hit provided by sex. For others, it might be the result of an unhealthy relationship with sex, and linked to another disorder, for example a previous trauma or a condition that affects their sense of self-worth and esteem.
With no agreed diagnostic criteria for sex addiction in Iran, it is not possible to offer clear or concise guidance on whether an individual has an addiction to sex. The difficulty is that sex is a normal activity, and therefore the question is not so much about the frequency of sex or sexual preferences, but instead whether the individual has a healthy relationship with sex.
Am I a sex addict and do I need sex addiction treatment in Iran
Ultimately, getting residential sex addiction treatment in Iran is a personal choice. However, it might be worth thinking about some common effects of other addictions and whether these apply.
Signs of sex addiction in Iran
pre-occupation with the addiction
constantly thinking about having sex or festishes
thinking of their next sexual encounter
using porn as an alternative
having frequent sexual urges
becoming irritable or withdrawn, if the urges are not fulfilled
can they go a prolonged period without sex
do they lie or deceive to get sex
do they expose themselves to risk, for example unprotected sex or using sex-workers
Addiction to porn is always a topic of debate in Iran; if sex is not addictive, how can porn be addictive? However, it’s likely that exactly the same processes that can cause addiction and apply to sex will apply to porn. Masturbation is physiologically identical to sex, creating the same effects in the body, so used for this purpose porn carries exactly the same addictive risks as sex. However, porn can also carry other risks, particularly with its easy access over the internet.
Many people use porn, either individually or as couples, and the use of porn is not a problem in itself. Problems may be present if that relationship with porn ceases to be healthy. This might exhibit in the usual signs of addictive behavior. It might also present in other ways. An individual with a problematic relationship with porn might find themselves reliant on it to achieve arousal. They might even find themselves preferring porn to sex with their partner. Others might find themselves using porn excessively.
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How is sex addiction in Iran diagnosed?
More generally a clinician will consider the widely accepted signs of addiction in Iran. Using these they will consider whether their patient’s relationship with sex is healthy, or whether there are compulsive components that are having a negative impact on them and their loved ones in Iran.
What is sex addiction treatment in Iran
Sex addiction treatment in Iran 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 Iran 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 Iran 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 Iran. 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 Iran 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.1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5844164/
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 Iran 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 Iran 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.
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