Sex Addiction

Dr. Michael Barta has personally been right where you are and knows how to help you get your life back.


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Is Sex Addiction Real?

Sex Addiction affects more than 12 million people in the United States. With the rise in sexual material readily available via your computer or smart phone, these numbers are increasing exponentially. Sex addiction is real and it is an epidemic. In 2011, the American Society for Addictive Medicine announced that sex addiction is a disease of the brain that leads to biological and behavioral changes. If you or someone you know is suffering from sex addiction, we can help.

What is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction is compulsive sexual behavior that is defined as any sexually-related activity that has a destructive effect on your life or the lives of those close to you. Sex addicts have lost the ability to stop or control their sexual behavior, which leaves them with the constant fear of discovery. The behaviors, if left untreated, will escalate to higher levels of risk, often causing the addict to lose his or her career, family, social circle – and ultimately their freedom.

Sexual addiction is not about sex; it is about using sexual behavior to avoid overwhelming emotions that occur in everyday life. Sexual experience – fantasy, masturbation, affairs, pornography, use of chat rooms, webcams, body rubs, massage parlors, or the use of prostitutes –  becomes the “go-to” when a person is unable to handle the stress of everyday life.

— Dr. Michael Barta

Why Sex Addiction?

Unhealthy sexual behaviors are used to escape pain, stress, fear, feelings of being overwhelmed and intimacy. Often the cause is rooted deep within painful childhood experiences. Sexual behavior is used to change our mood and escape painful events, much like drugs and alcohol. Sex addiction occurs when a person is unable to function without using sex as a coping mechanism. People that engage in unhealthy sexual behaviors feel often powerless, shame, anxiety, debilitating fear, and self-loathing – but they can’t stop.

Healing Starts Here

The staff at the Colorado Sexual Recovery Center personally has been where you are and we know the way out. Let us help you find your own way out. Use the “Confidential Assessment” form to the left to contact us today for a no-obligation consultation to discuss the best options for your healing.


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