Recovery Out Loud

Understanding Love and Sex Addiction

October 4, 2021

Sex and love addiction is a group of intimacy disorders related to dysfunctional attachment with primary caregivers. Sex addiction has no specific etiology in theory but one potential cause may be lack of physical nurturing from the primary caregiver leads a child to attempt to physically nurture themselves. Other thoughts are that the child is aroused in a sexual manner too early in their life or trauma creates such emotional pain that the child must self soothe in a sexual way in the absence of discovering other means, such as food, alcohol, drugs, etc. In this one-hour webinar, our panel of experts define sex & love addiction and discuss contributing factors, root causes and treatment options.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the concept of sex and love addiction
  • Describe the etiology of sex and love addiction
  • Identify the attachment styles related to sex and love addiction
  • Discuss how to implement effective treatment plans and protocols
  • Describe common errors to avoid in providing treatment
  • Describe strategies for healthy sexual expression for recovery

Featured Panelists:

Ava Profota, LCSW-S, CSAT-S, CMAT-S

Damon Drandakis

Greg Powers, MSW, LCSWS, VPCS, Clinical Director Discovery Point Retreat

Kelli Jeray, LPC

Noelle Carmen, Host and Moderator

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