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Sex addiction in Iraq 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 Iraq 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 Iraq. 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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Iraq (Arabic: الْعِرَاق, romanized: al-ʿIrāq; Kurdish: عێراق, romanized: Êraq), officially the Republic of Iraq (Arabic: جُمْهُورِيَّة ٱلْعِرَاقJumhūriīyet al-ʿIrāq; Kurdish: کۆماری عێراق, romanized: Komarî Êraq), is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, the Persian Gulf and Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest and Syria to the west. The capital and largest city is Baghdad. Iraq is home to diverse ethnic groups including Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, Armenians, Yazidis, Mandaeans, Persians and Shabakis with similarly diverse geography and wildlife. The majority of the country’s 40 million citizens are Muslims, and other recognized religions include Christianity, Yazidism, Mandaeism, Yarsanism and Zoroastrianism The official languages of Iraq are Arabic and Kurdish, with other recognized regional languages being Neo-Aramaic, Turkish and Armenian.
During ancient times, lands that now constitute Iraq were known as Mesopotamia (“Land Between the Rivers”), a region whose extensive alluvial plains gave rise to some of the world’s earliest civilizations and empires since the 6th millennium BC, including those of Akkad, Babylon, Assyria and Sumer, the earliest known civilisation. The “Cradle of Civilisation” is a common term for the area comprising modern Iraq and was the birthplace of many valuable inventions and discoveries, including writing system, mathematics, time, calendar, astrology and law code. It was here that mankind began first to read, write, create laws and live in cities under an organised government—notably Uruk. Following the Muslim conquest of Mesopotamia, Baghdad became the capital and the largest city of the Abbasid Caliphate, and during the Islamic Golden Age, the city evolved into a significant cultural and intellectual center, and garnered it a worldwide reputation for its academic institutions, including House of Wisdom. The city was largely destroyed at the hands of the Mongol Empire in 1258 during the Siege of Baghdad, resulting in a decline that would linger through many centuries due to frequent plagues and multiple successive empires.
Modern Iraq dates back to 1920, when the British Mandate for Mesopotamia, joining three Ottoman vilayets, was created under the authority of the League of Nations. A British-backed Kingdom was established in 1921 under Faisal I of Iraq. The Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq gained independence from the UK in 1932. In 1958, the monarchy was overthrown and the Iraqi Republic created. Iraq was controlled by the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party from 1968 until 2003. In 1980, Iraq invaded Iran, sparking a protracted war which would last for almost eight years, and end in a stalemate with devastating losses for both countries. After an invasion by the United States and its allies in 2003, Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party was removed from power, and multi-party parliamentary elections were held in 2005. The US presence in Iraq ended in 2011.
Iraq is a federal parliamentary republic. The president is the head of state, the prime minister is the head of government, and the constitution provides for two deliberative bodies, the Council of Representatives and the Council of Union. The judiciary is free and independent of the executive and the legislature.
Iraq is considered an emerging middle power with a strategic location and a founding member of the United Nations, the OPEC as well as of the Arab League, OIC, Non-Aligned Movement and the IMF. Since its independence, Iraq’s political history has been characterized by periods of significant economic and military growth, as well as periods of political and economic instability.
What is compulsive sexual behavior?
Compulsive sexual behavior in Iraq 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 Iraq, 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 Iraq, 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 Iraq
Ultimately, getting residential sex addiction treatment in Iraq 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 Iraq
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 Iraq; 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 Iraq diagnosed?
More generally a clinician will consider the widely accepted signs of addiction in Iraq. 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 Iraq.
What is sex addiction treatment in Iraq
Sex addiction treatment in Iraq 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 Iraq 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 Iraq 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 Iraq. 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 Iraq 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 Iraq 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 Iraq 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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