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Sexual Addictions

Like any other kind of addiction, an addiction to sex is a very serious matter that can create many problems for the addict and those involved with them, a spouse, partner or the children. Music therapy could be very helpful to a sex addict and anyone else who is being affected by them.

While not many references deal exclusively with music therapy helping sex addicts, information on helping people with other addictions through music therapy is also applicable for people with sexual addictions. A large body of information on different ways to help a sex addict recover and control the addiction exists and the therapeutic use of music may be applied.

Sex addicts might be acting out because they themselves have been hurt mentally by a spouse or partner or were sexually abused and feel that by acting in this way they have control over this problem. It is important to involve the rest of the family in most activities because the family members need to share with each other about the feelings that they have, which may be a very difficult thing to do.

Writing lyrics to music and participation in lyric analysis and discussion are frequently used in music therapy with sexual addictions. The group setting is useful to keep the addict honest and is especially helpful in the arena of therapeutic confrontation.

To locate further resources, refer to the listing of descriptive goals and activities in music therapy programs with sexual addictions in the application bibliography labeled Sexual Offenders and to the bibliography containing information on sexual abuse labeled Sexual Abuse and Music Therapy.


Problems, Goals and Methodology for Journal Articles

Compiled by: Heidi Bronsdon

October 19, 2006

Love Addictions

Problem:  The problems described in this particular resource are the issues of how love and sex can be a controlling influence in a life and the need to help those in bad relationships.
Goal:  To help individuals balance their lives and help them change their thinking and behavior.
Methodology:  Target one major thinking pattern that may be the offset that leads to developing/maintaining the bad relationship. Then brainstorm what may have triggered the addictiveness in a relationship, target that memory or thought, and then formulate a different way of thinking about the relationship, or another way of thinking to counteract the addictiveness with love in a relationship.

Kicking Addictive Habits Once and for All

Problem: Trying to recover from addictions but relapsing.
Goal:  To not relapse.
Methodology:  Target the main feeling a person gets at the point of relapse, and perhaps form a circle or unit of friends that the person can call when this targeted feeling is becoming overwhelming for the person to handle.

Sex Addictions: Case studies and management

Problem: Histories of sexual addictions, cycles, and sexual addictions affecting families.
Goal: Finding treatments to help addicts with their sexual addiction.
Methodology:  Family therapies, individual therapy, and certain forms of medication.

Adolescent Sex and Love Addicts

Problem: Sex and love addictions in adolescents.
Goal:  To make society more aware of the sex and love addictions that does effect today’s youth and hopefully forcing society not to overlook this age group and deal with the issue.

Methodology: Group therapy would be a great way to confront this addiction among peers with the same issues. Also, trying to find a physical replacement for the addiction, like jogging, gardening, etc.

The Influence of Therapist Values, Religiosity and Gender in the Initial Assessment of Sexual Addiction By Family Therapists

Problem: Determine whether values of therapists are good for their clients or bad.
Goal:  To find an even ground in values of the therapist, that are useful and good for the client.
Methodology: Find specific therapists who specialize in certain ways of using their therapy, for example: if a devout Jewish man had sexual addictions, find a Jewish therapist who uses the Jewish religion to find alternatives for sexual addictions, like getting involved in the synagogue more often or praying.

Leaving Concert Hall for Clinic, Therapists Now Test Music’s Charms

Problem: Sexual Addictions
Goal: To find a way in which music therapy can help those with sexual addictions, overcome their addictions.
Methodology: Find lyrics or instrument that is soothing to the addict or meaningful. Have the addict learn to play the instrument or write lyrics to combat the urges of sexual desire when it isn’t warranted.

The Addictive Behaviors

Problem: Addictions in general and trying to overcome them.
Goal: To find a way to overcome the addiction, whatever it may be, via medicine or therapeutic methods.
Methodology: Group therapy or medicine, development of a support network.

Sex, Lies, and Forgiveness

Problem: Sexual Addictions.
Goal:  To deal with the addiction and bring it under control, to learn about sexual addictions.
Methodology: Serve as an informer. Awareness helps addicts and non-addicts know what is happening to a person with a sexual addiction and gives ways of possibly dealing with the addiction. Group therapy and a safety network of people to whom an addict can turn to when an urge is strong.

Diary of a Nymph

Problem: A woman’s sexual addiction.
Goal:  To overcome the sexual addiction and to share her personal story.
Methodology: Writing about the recovery steps for sex addicts could be therapy in itself.

Marital Conflict versus Sex and Love Addictions

Problem: Sexual addictions not being taken seriously compared to drug and alcohol addictions.
Goal:  Develop understanding that sexual addictions need to be taken seriously.
Methodology: Comparison of sexual addictions to other types of addictions. Use the same steps for recovery as used with other addictions; develop a network of people surrounding the addict who are available for support/redirection.

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