Sex Addiction Rehabs – Overview of 9 US Treatment Centers for Sex Addiction

Not many realize that compulsive sexual behavior can be an addiction, and that people struggling with such need help. But as high-profile celebrities and athletes admit to seeking treatment for this problem, interest in the facilities that provide the service has spiked.

There are a lot of options out there, but finding a program that suits your needs can be overwhelming. To get you started on the right track, here’s a quick guide to some of the prominent sex addiction treatment centers in the United States.

The Connection Coaches

The Connection Coaches was founded by a couple in recovery Craig and Michelle Perra. I had the pleasure of meeting them in person on numerous occasions, and have heard many of their clients speak very highly of the services that they provide. While they are not technically an inpatient treatment center, they do have an intensive treatment option that is comparable to an inpatient facility but comes at a much more affordable cost.

Another treatment that they provide is a 12 week long, science based, action oriented program. They are so confident in their work that they offer 100% money back guarantee. You can learn more about the Connection Coaches by calling (916) 259-3827 or going over to their site to read some success stories from their clients.

Sexual Recovery Institute

The Sexual Recovery Institute is one of the few outpatient therapy centers dedicated solely to sexual addiction. It was founded in 1995 by Robert Weiss, an acknowledged writer and professional in the field (he’s appeared in The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live and the Discovery Channel, to name just a few). Weiss trained under the wings of the renowned Dr. Patrick Carnes and was once a board member and committee chair of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. His pool of therapists holds either master’s or doctoral degrees in counseling, psychology and social work, among other disciplines.

The services at SRI are as varied as it gets. Ideal for those residing in California or nearby, the recovery program starts with individual treatment sessions for a minimum of six to eight weeks. With the evaluation and treatment plan finalized, patients progress to group therapies. The 2-hour group sessions are held weekly, with 6 to 7 other participants, and will span nine months at the least. Participant couples can advance to a special healing and recovery group for eight 2-hour sessions per week. Spouses and partners of patients may also attend a weekly education program followed by support group meetings.

SRI also administers intensive five- and 10-day programs packed with daily therapies for those visiting the center. The “quick fix” provided by the former suits those who struggle with relatively manageable addictions. Cases that are more serious and require family involvement are tackled in the 10-day program. For immediate concerns, there’s the option of having two to four sessions over the phone, where assistance is limited to directing the caller to local resources that can provide more extensive support.

A unique component to the SRI program lineup is its Non-Violent Offender Treatment. The program lasts nine months to 2 years depending on the patient’s needs. It is crafted to identify and eliminate triggers and patterns, institute changes, teach empathy and send patients on a path of recovery.

On top of all that, SRI conducts multimedia training seminars to guide agencies and organizations in their program development initiatives.

The Meadows Dakota

Backed by more than 35 years of experience, The Meadows is one of the most reputable addiction treatment centers in the United States, with support for sexual addiction and trauma provided by its in-patient facility in Dakota. This private, relaxing sanctuary can accommodate up to nine patients at a time.

The Meadows has built its credibility thanks in large part to referrals from alumni, therapists, medical practitioners and other facilities. And much of this praise points to the center’s intensive therapy approach. The program involves at least 15 treatment modalities, with trauma resolution, 12-step meetings and holistic healing at the core. Geared toward lifelong recovery, it goes beyond symptoms to address the fundamental problems patients are facing.

What makes The Meadows’ treatment plan even more compelling is that is based on input from world-famous experts (and authors). Maureen Canning, director of the Dakota facility, is a former board member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and was once president of the Arizona Council on Sexual Addiction. She is also a lecturer, level II MDR-trained therapist and certified hypnotherapist. The center’s two consultants, Pia Mellody and Peter Levine, are leading authorities in the field. In fact, Levine developed the natural approach of somatic experiencing.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services

Pine Grove was set up in 1984 as an in-patient treatment facility for adults. Since then, the Mississippi-based center has expanded to become one of the nation’s premiere campuses for psychiatric and addictive disorders. Reputed for the quality and breadth of its services, Pine Grove now offers in-patient, outpatient and residential care, and caters to adults, adolescents and even children.

Pine Grove’s sexual-addiction treatment program, Gentle Path, is carried out in a campus a few miles from the main facility. Dr. Patrick Carnes, an internationally recognized guru in the field, came up with the Gentle Path curriculum based on a 30-task model that emphasizes both individualized attention and group participation. The program starts off with a day or two of comprehensive evaluation followed by a six-week intensive treatment plan. It is gender-specific and includes individual and group therapies, and psycho-education. Patients diagnosed with other disorders are treated simultaneously. On top of all this, Pine Grove throws in a one-week Family Care Program and aftercare services. The entire process is facilitated by a multidisciplinary staff consisting of masters or doctoral-level trained clinicians and physicians certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Santé Center for Healing

The Santé Center for Healing first opened its doors in 1996, led by the brother-and-sister team of Deb and Rip Corley. Currently, it caters to individuals suffering from addictions, eating disorders and behavioral health issues.

For sex addicts, the Santé Center offers residential care and outpatient support. The program begins with an in-depth assessment to pinpoint needs and issues that will be addressed in the personalized treatment plan. Any co-occurring disorders that turn up will be treated simultaneously. Various requirements are laid down for recovery, including formulation of abstinence contract, psycho-education sessions, gender-specific therapy groups, and skill-building and relapse prevention courses. Another plus factor: all the in-house staff is trained in trauma resolution techniques, and motivational enhancement and dialectical behavior therapies.

KeyStone Center Extended Care Unit

The KeyStone Center is an expansive dually licensed facility for multiple types of addiction. At its Extended Care Unit, the focus is on sexual compulsivity and trauma. Founded in 1994 by Patrick Carnes, one of the most recognized experts in the field. The 16-bed ECU is housed in a Victorian mansion in suburban Philadelphia. This huge stone manor with stained glass windows and mahogany wainscoting was once a family home. The management has not added any amenities since.

The ECU environment is austere, the recovery program intense. Residents have daily household chores. For the actual treatment, there are activities lined up for each day of the week. Much of the time is spent on group therapies, which Carnes found effective in helping patients cope with inner struggles. Other requirements include individual counseling sessions and 12-step meetings. The minimum length of stay is four weeks.

To facilitate the healing process, the ECU also organizes an alumni weekend around fall each year. Through this gathering, graduates of the program get to celebrate their sobriety, share their experiences and participate in free workshops.

While it specializes in in-patient treatment, the ECU also offers an outpatient service via the Professional Assessment Center. The PAC is designed mainly for those facing sanctions due to a sexual offense determine if their behaviors fall in the realm of addiction.

Life Healing Center

The Life Healing Center provides in-depth, individualized treatment for sex, love and relationship addiction. Founded in 1993, it operates a residential facility in the hills of Santa Fe, Mexico.

Recovery at the Life Healing Center occurs in two phases. The first stage gets rid of outward manifestations via a structured program, controlled environment and external support. The second examines underlying causes, paving the way for long-term sobriety. The actual treatment plan is carried out in a gender-specific manner. The men’s program is patterned from Dr. Patrick Carnes’ Recovery Start Kit, with emphasis on the healing cycle. The women’s program follows the same basic principles but is tweaked to address the emotional and cultural challenges that affect specifically the female population. The set-up is quite refreshing considering that traditional sex addiction therapies were crafted for and conducted by men. Plus, an all-female environment (from the patients to the staff) better fosters interaction and consequently healing.

With the patient’s consent, the Life Healing Center can administer a family program as well. At the beginning, the program facilitates communication via phone. For the culmination, spouses, partners or relatives are invited to join patients for a multi-day experience on site.

Sierra Tucson

Founded in 1983, Sierra Tucson is licensed as a psychiatric hospital and as a behavioral health residential treatment center. Surrounded by a desert landscape and panoramic mountain, this 160-acre campus has an amenity-filled complex with recreational and fitness resources and walking trails. In its 139-bed living quarters, you’ll find rustic yet elegant lodges with a cozy lounge area, high ceilings, balconies and patios.

While the facility itself is inviting, the main draw to Sierra Tucson is its Program for Sexual and Trauma Recovery. PSTR reinforces a sense of community among patients with weekly group sessions that instill compassion, support and acceptance. Amid this, the staff remains attentive to the development of each participant, preparing individualized assignments and readings and even personalized nutrition and exercise plans. Plus, Sierra Tucson has a Family Program and Couple’s Workshop in place. These educational and therapeutic opportunities allow both parties to sort out their issues and establish an effective support system.

Candeo Can

Candeo Can  is an online service designed for individuals looking for a flexible and affordable treatment program. At just $47 per month, you get everything you need to cope with sexual addition struggles on a private website. The program revolves around multimedia video training and accompanying interactive exercises. The first part of the training educates patients about their situation and how they can manage it via Candeo’s work on the Human Decision System, which enables participants to better control their urges. The second half delves more into the why’s and how’s. Plus, there’s a personal dashboard that contains crisis and setback tools, a calendar and some journal space to facilitate recovery.

Each participant is assigned a coach to guide them through the treatment and track their progress. Candeo has also developed a complementary support and training program for loved ones who want to share in on the experience. An online discussion forum is accessible to those wanting to share stories and help others out.

On the whole, the Candeo platform lets participants manage their own pace of recovery from the comforts of their own home. And more importantly, the site promises to maintain the subscriber’s anonymity (no requirement to submit one’s name).

The services offered by sex addiction treatment centers vary in more ways than one. So finding a program that matches your needs is key. It is important to consider the types of therapies available, the set up in place, and the philosophy being followed. But remember the facility and its staff can only set you on path – effectively completing the road to recovery is all up to you.

Call (916)259-3827 For Professional Help

P.S. Recommended Resources:

  • Sex Addicts Anonymous
    I cannot imagine my recovery without this program.
  • Mindful Habit Course by Coach Craig
    Great advice from a great person.
  • Free Podcast and Mini Course from Candeo Can
    I owe my first 90 days of continuous sobriety to this program and highly recommend it.
  • Internet Accountability Software
    Using this software allowed me to get truly honest with my internet usage for the first time in my life. For some reason knowing that my every step was being observed and reported on, made it really easy to use internet only in a healthy way.
  • Treating Pornography Addiction by Kevin B. Skinner Ph.D.
    I have read over 15 books on Pornography and Sexual addiction and this truly is one of the best books on the subject. The reason is I recommend this particular book is because it is full of excellent actionable steps. Other books do a good job describing the problem, but don’t really offer a realistic solution.
  • Your Sexually Addicted Spouse – How Partners Can Cope and Heal by Barbara Steffens Ph.D.
    I know that about half of visitors to our site are spouses of people who might be suffering with pornography and sex addiction. To the best of my knowledge this book is one of the most helpful books for the partners.
  • Free Consultation from Coach Craig
    Coach Craig has been a good friend and supporter of this site since January 2013. He has worked with people from all over the world, including famous musicians and other high profile individuals. Yet, he is only a phone call away and would be glad to give you a free consultation. Call him anytime, with any question you might have, and I am know he will be extremely happy to help in any way he can.

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  1. says

    The horror of sex addiction is that as technology gets better and faster so does the ease of acquiring porn. I am afraid that this epidemic can (and probably will) become a pandemic!

  2. Deb says

    I’ve been to Keystone and which is one of the less expensive facilities. The review is accurate in saying updates have not been made to the mansion and that patients do chores, lol, but this adds to the charm of the place. It is a unique experience that I will never forget. The experienc has undoubtedly saved my life.

    • says

      Dear Deb, my name is Robin and I am a suffering sex addict from New York. I heard about Keystone from a fellow sex addict of mine and she didnt know too much about it. All i knew was that I did not want to go far from home since I have a fear of leaving home(related to my anxiety condition, etc.). so that cancelled out alot of the treatment centers in other parts of the country. I dont know where your from, but maybe not far from PA either? Can u tell me more @ it since i would consider going there? My addiction is way out of control and twelve step meetings are not stopping me from acting out! I think that my higher power is telling me that I definitely need more intense treatment but I hate chores!lol Please help me out in considering this treatment option. thanks alot, sincerely, Robin, sex addict (female) in new york.

      • says

        Hey Robin – I am the spouse of a sex addict and my sister found this book online that’s free that I would recommend. Don’t get me wrong – I am a Christian, but he explains why you cannot rely on the 12 step program or typical licensed therapists to overcome the addiction. Her husband read it and has recovered so it gives me a lot of hope for my husband. Best of luck to you! So glad to hear you are looking to recover – my husband is not really there yet, but I need him to be….

        Anyway – go to: Read the 28 chapters and read the Flight From Intimacy and that should do wonders. It’s written for men and women.

        Again, best of luck on your journey – my good thoughts and prayers are with you!

  3. Anonymous says

    Don't waste any time with Sierra Tucson. My wife left there wanting to continue drinking and drugging. She was not required to attend any meetings and got no productive help. She had an affair with a boy half her age! Sex amongst patients his widespread and common.

  4. buy viagra says

    Sexual addiction is also know as Hypersexuality. Those men who have excessive sexual drive are called Satyriasis and Nymphomaniacs for women.

    • says

      Sex Addiction is the most misunderstood addiction. If you haven’t had it, you really can’t say anything about it…. there are different forms from masturbation addiction to those who frequent massage parlors, etc. to those who battle pedophilic desires. It’s misunderstood because it doesn’t have anything to do with the partner (i.e., me) and it usually starts around puberty so typically it’s been going on a lot longer than they’ve known their partner and they feel it is “who they are.” When in reality, they are good people who just have a problem (who doesn’t..). Anyway – try not to judge and try really hard to understand in an unconditional love kinda way (extremely hard when the addiction hurts you, the spouse, with all of your being – but very doable). My sister explains it as trying to think of your addicted spouse as your friend. Would you judge your friend or try to make them feel bad? No, you would want to help them with all of your heart. Best of luck to anyone trying to overcome it – and to their spouses: there is always hope. please look into It made a world of difference for my brother-in-law and i’m convinced it can help my husband even though I just found out the worst… wish me luck please :) and don’t be fooled by the 12 step program or any counselor who hasn’t had the exact addiction (sex addiction) and overcome it because they will not understand and can do more harm than good… We tried an addiction counselor and I tried to tell him I should have realized something was wrong when my husband didn’t want to talk about our sex life and he replied that he had couples who had been married for decades that don’t talk about their sex life…….grrr….. Just read what Joe Zychik has to say and you will see how straight-forward his approach is.
      best wishes to all –

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