Also known as hyper-sexuality, sex addiction is on the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and is taken very seriously by Istana’s team of psychologists. It can be challenging to define due to cultural factors and moral codes that are attached to human sexuality. However, it has a hugely detrimental effect on people’s lives. Thoughts can intrude for hours a day, and the use of pornography can be a problem. Relationships and careers can be put at risk. We refrain from using the terms sex addicts, inappropriate sexual behaviour and sexual addiction as these are reductive and don’t capture the complexity of this condition.
The root cause of hyper-sexuality is rarely related to sex. High-frequency sexual behaviour can be related to bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder. It is sometimes found in those experiencing anxiety and depression. Additionally, sex addiction often goes hand in hand with substance abuse and clients often present with multiple issues. In our treatment, there is no judgement – our experts have dealt with many clients experiencing this condition. They will not be shocked by anything you tell them.
For this reason, confidentiality is guaranteed at Istana. No one other than your treating team needs to know you are with us and you will be the only client at your chosen location, so our world-class team of experts will be completely focused on your progress. They have been selected for their extensive experience and sensitivity in the area of recovery from sex addiction with a focus on bringing lasting results.