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Positive Sobriety Institute Presents The Lunch and Learn Series Featuring L...

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Sexual addiction is an intimacy disorder that can be the outcome of impaired early attachment experiences and childhood trauma. This dysregulated bonding and unresolved trauma causes shame in the developing child. Primary needs and desires become unmet to the individual. Affect regulation also is damaged because of difficult bonding experiences. This further impairs the capacity to master feelings and successfully guide the process of need fulfillment and social engagement. Sexual addiction is a compulsive cycle that attempts to compensate, soothe, and regulate the internal struggle. The cycle, in turn, creates more shame and dysregulation of affect. Strategies to reduce shame, regulate affect, and create sexual boundaries necessary for successful treatment of sexual addiction will be outlined.

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1. Identify the biology of addiction and trauma.

2. List at least 3 types of attachment styles associated with addictive behaviors.

3. Specify models for treating sex addiction and trauma that increase social engagement and can effectively offer corrective developmental experiences.

4. Practice at least one way of treating sex addiction through a trauma and attachment lens.

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