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Sex Addiction Treatment in Malta

REMEDY wellbeing for Sex Addiction Treatment in Malta

Rehab in Malta for Sex Addiction Treatment

 

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Sex addiction treatment in Malta

Sex addiction in Malta 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 Malta 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 Malta. 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.

Malta ( MOL-tə, MAWL-tə, Maltese: [ˈmɐltɐ]), officially known as the Republic of Malta (Maltese: Repubblika ta’ Malta [rɛˈpʊbːlɪkɐ tɐ ˈmɐltɐ]), is an island country in the European Union consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, and considered part of Southern Europe. It lies 80 km (50 mi) south of Sicily (Italy), 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia, and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya. The official languages are Maltese and English, and 66% of the current Maltese population is at least conversational in the Italian language.

Malta has been inhabited since approximately 5900 BC. Its location in the centre of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, with a succession of powers having contested and ruled the islands, including the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St. John, French, and British, amongst others.

With a population of about 516,000 over an area of 316 km2 (122 sq mi), Malta is the world’s tenth-smallest country in area and fourth most densely populated sovereign country. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area and population. According to the data from 2020 by Eurostat, the Functional Urban Area and metropolitan region covered the whole island and has a population of 480,134, and according to the United Nations, ESPON and EU Commission, “the whole territory of Malta constitutes a single urban region“. Malta increasingly is referred to as a city-state, and also listed in rankings concerning cities or metropolitan areas. Malta is one of the two island countries in the Mediterranean, along with Cyprus.

Malta became a British colony in 1813, serving as a way station for ships and the headquarters for the British Mediterranean Fleet. It was besieged by the Axis powers during World War II and was an important Allied base for operations in North Africa and the Mediterranean. The British parliament passed the Malta Independence Act in 1964, giving Malta independence from the United Kingdom as the State of Malta, with Elizabeth II as its queen. The country became a republic in 1974. It has been a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations since independence, and joined the European Union in 2004; it became part of the eurozone monetary union in 2008.

Malta has had Christians since the time of Early Christianity, though was predominantly Muslim while under Arab rule, at which time Christians were tolerated. Muslim rule ended with the Norman invasion of Malta by Roger I in 1091. Today, Catholicism is the state religion, but the Constitution of Malta guarantees freedom of conscience and religious worship. The economy of Malta is heavily reliant on tourism, and the country promotes itself as a Mediterranean tourist destination with its warmer climate compared to the rest of Europe, numerous recreational areas, and architectural and historical monuments, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, Valletta, and seven megalithic temples which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

 

What is compulsive sexual behavior?

Compulsive sexual behavior in Malta 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 Malta, 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.

Do I need sex addiction treatment in Malta

With no agreed diagnostic criteria for sex addiction in Malta, 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 Malta

Ultimately, getting residential sex addiction treatment in Malta 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 Malta

 

  • 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

What is porn addiction?

Addiction to porn is always a topic of debate in Malta; 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.

 

REMEDY™ wellbeing is the most awarded clinic for sex addiction treatment in Malta

 

Our locations provide relaxing, beautiful settings, the ideal environment to recover and heal. You will chart a new course, one that is free from drug use and triggers in your home area around Malta. Sex addiction treatment in Malta at REMEDY wellbeing™ offers you the chance to get help from fully qualified staff.

How is sex addiction in Malta diagnosed?

More generally a clinician will consider the widely accepted signs of addiction in Malta. 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 Malta.

What is sex addiction treatment in Malta

Sex addiction treatment in Malta 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 Malta 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 Malta 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 Malta. 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 Malta 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 Malta 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 Malta 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.

Citations: Sex addiction treatment in Malta

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Sex Addiction Treatment in Malta
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Sex Addiction Treatment in Malta
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Sex Addiction Treatment in Malta. Sex Addiction Treatment is a core program at REMEDY wellbeing. Guests return to their lives free from Compulsive Sexual Disorder.