Indeed, some practitioners regard sex addiction to be a potentially harmful diagnosis and draw parallels with gay conversion therapy.
As a result, treatment for sex addiction is more often provided by addiction professionals than psychosexual specialists.
Some mental health providers have proposed various, but similar, criteria for diagnosing sexual addiction, including Patrick Carnes, Carnes authored the first clinical book about sex addiction in 1983, based on his own empirical research.
His diagnostic model is still largely utilized by the thousands of certified sex addiction therapists (CSATs) trained by the organization he founded.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a common form of behavioral treatment for addictions and maladaptive behaviors in general.
Dialectical behavior therapy has been shown to improve treatment outcomes as well.
not accepting new patients), scarce, or nonexistent, or where these practices have waiting lists.
Some argue that applying such concepts to normal behaviors such as sex, can be problematic, and suggest that applying medical models such as addiction to human sexuality can serve to pathologise normal behavior and cause harm Neuroscientists, pharmacologists, molecular biologists, and other researchers in related fields have identified the transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms of addiction pathophysiology.