The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.
-Johann Hari



Sexual Health

Sexual Health



"Sexual health is dependent upon an individual's well-being and sense of self-esteem.
Sexual health requires trust, honesty, and communication."

- Eli coleman, ph.d

 

THE UNIQUE APPROACH​ OF THE ARIZONA FAMILY INSTITUTE​

There are many therapeutic approaches to consider (i.e., sexual addiction model, 12-step groups, compulsivity model, spirituality interventions, non-pathologizied behavioral model, out-of-control sexual behavior "OCSB" model) when treating men and women who struggle with unwanted sexual behaviors. AFI's approach to treating problematic sexual behavior involves a blended approach of individual, couples, and group therapy. It is important to promote a sex-positive perspective during the psychotherapy process to help men and women resolve their deeply held value conflicts, spiritual conflicts, and unmet needs that potentially drive their problematic sexual behaviors. A sex-positive approach recognizes the natural desires that humans have for love and bonding without placing blame or waging an internal war between the person and their sexuality. A sex-positiveperspective considers the wellbeing, happiness, and uniqueness of one's sexuality while promoting an open and honest dialogue of how certain behaviors have become out-of-control or problematic. The goal is to help individuals discover how to turn away from destructive patterns while also learning to create a healthy and fulfilling life.

 

Problematic Sexual Behavior 

Pornography Addiction

Sex Therapy

Therapy for problematic sexual behavior addresses theories founded in Sexual Addiction, Sexual Compulsivity, Out-Of-Control Sexual Behavior (OCSB), 12-Step, Spiritual Interventions, and Behavioral Models.

Porn addiction occurs when the person viewing pornography, with or without masturbating, loses control over whether or not he/she will engage in that behavior. Porn addicts look at and use porn compulsively, despite consequences

Sex therapy is a type of therapy that addresses the relational, cognitive, emotional, and physical aspects of sexual intimacy. Too often, many couples confuse the private nature of their sexual relationship with secrecy and never seek the help.