ADDICTION THERAPY


Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavioral problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling, or sex.
— American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

The relentless search for something outside of ourselves to make us feel emotionally whole and stable is at the heart of all addictions.  At Meridian, we have advanced training and experience working with sex and love addiction, chemical addictions, gambling and food addictions.  Although putting down the bottle, porn, or dice, it is a vital part of recovery, and it's only the first step. Treatment must be personalized and comprehensive in order to see long-lasting results.  

How We Work With Addiction

Addiction manifests differently in everyone. So that we can get a clear sense of who you are and your difficulties, we always begin treatment with a comprehensive assessment.  Our team of experts will then put together a treatment plan that meets your specific needs and budget. We offer a combination of psychotherapy, group therapy, intensives, telepsychology and coaching.   We monitor your progress over time and make adjustments along the way.  Our goal is to help you put together the pieces of your life and empower you to live with integrity, hope and joy.   

MORE ABOUT SEX AND LOVE ADDICTION

Unlike addictions to alcohol or other substances, issues with love and sexual compulsivity are hard to identify and understand.  Sex and love are a vital part of the human experience.  We are hard wired to connect and be intimate with others.  When this instinct is disrupted, due to early attachment traumas, we are left with maladaptive ways of relating sexually and emotionally. 

A wide range of behaviors can become dysfunctional and compulsive.  Here are just a few:

  • Masturbation

  • Infidelity

  • Anonymous Sex

  • Obsessive Dating

  • Toxic Relationships

  • Pornography

  • Risky or Unsafe Sex

  • Cybersex

  • Exhibitionism

  • Voyeurism

  • Massage Parlors

  • Prostitution

Important Note:  Behaviors that are problematic for one person can be an integral part of someone else's healthy sexual expression.  Our primary goal at Meridian is to help clients develop healthy relationships and sexuality.  We are Sex Positive.

FOR BETRAYED PARTNERS

The shock of discovering that your partner has been acting out sexually and leading a secret life has a profound effect on your sense of reality, safety and self worth.  Many experience rage, confusion, shame and despair.  Through a combination of individual and group therapy, we help partners navigate the aftermath of discovery by offering emotional support, helping manage symptoms of PTSD and setting healthy boundaries.  

Signs that addiction may be an issue for you

  • Continued Use Despite Negative Consequences:  Even though your behaviors are causing significant problems (relationship issues, arrests, health concerns) you don't stop.

  • Loss of Control: You find that you are engaging in the behaviors more often and for longer periods of time than you intended.  

  • Secrecy: You go out of your way to hide your behavior from those closest to you, and/or  feel as though you lead a “double life”.  

  • Neglecting Other Activities: You spend less time doing things that used to be important to you like connecting with friends, participating in hobbies and showing up for family obligations.

  • Risk Taking:  Over time, you become willing to take more risks in order to engage in the compulsive behavior.