Can A Sober Living Help With Sex Addiction?

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Addiction, also known as substance use disorder is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as a chronic brain disorder. Though sex addiction is not explicitly listed in the DSM-5 as a diagnosable condition, research indicates that sex addiction is exceptionally similar to substance use disorder. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines addiction as “a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence.” An individual struggling with addiction will prioritize satisfying his or her cravings (e.g. drugs, sex, gambling, etc.) above all else. Every person is unique, and each person’s addiction recovery process will be distinct. 

Sober Living Benefits

Formal addiction treatment programs are often intense, immersive experiences that last a finite length of time. The information learned during addiction treatment program is intended to serve individuals in the present moment as well as long into the future. While formal addiction treatment programs offer individuals the opportunity to begin to implement and integrate the information covered, many feel less than prepared to delve right back into their lives upon its completion. For this reason, sober living homes can be invaluable to one’s recovery process. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) includes the following assertion in their definition of recovery houses “while recovery residences vary widely in structure, all are centered on peer support and a connection to services that promote long-term recovery.” There are a variety of benefits to transitioning into a sober living facility after completing an addiction treatment program, prior to returning home. Sober living homes provide structure to its residents that are a slight step-down from many standard addiction treatment programs. In order to reside in a sober living facility, individuals must strictly abide by the house rules, and meet the expectations that are set forth for its residents. Sober living homes provide its residents with a safe environment that is as trigger and temptation free as possible, which enables them to continue focusing on their recovery process. Moving into a sober living home can help an individual recovering from any addiction, including a sex addiction, in his or her recovery process.

For Information and Support 

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to substance abuse and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcome to contact anytime us via email at

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