Sex addiction is a much-debated topic among the mental health community. The traditional model of addiction, which required an addictive substance, has changed and process addictions like gambling are now recognized. Activities like sex, a biological imperative, can be addictive, and compulsive sexual disorder is debilitating to both sufferers and their loved ones alike.
Hacienda Paradiso, the World’s first Eco Rehab from the award-winning Villa Paradiso Group are sex addiction treatment pioneers. Our chief clinical lead in Europe, Dr. Ruth Arenas is a World leading authority in the diagnosis and successful treatment of sex addiction.
Hacienda paradiso eco packages
Bespoke 28-day treatment, including detox + 12 months Paradiso aftercare included.
Single room - €20.000 ex. VAT
Pick one of our four single rooms and enjoy your private apartment. Equipped with a kitchen, tea/coffee, shower, tov and wardrobe.
Double room - €15.000 ex. VAT
Or choose a double apartment. Also our double apartments are equipped with a kitchen, tea/coffee, shower, tov and wardrobe.
Bespoke Family rehab packages
Psychiatrist assessment by arrival
1x (mandatory treatment if needed after assessment not included)
Blood test by arrival
Clean bed linen and towels
Room and bathroom disinfection
Fresh prepared food by our chefs on sight
2x Daily – Breakfast not included
Pick up and drop off service airport
Private or Double Room
Differs per package
Laundry and ironing
Use of mobile phone
3x P/W 30 mins (Social media not allowed)
Social media, not allowed
Hiking, bike riding, yoga, fitness
Frequently Asked Questions
According to our own Dr. Ruth Arenas, “current understanding of addiction is finding that it is driven by the brain’s response to a substance or behavior, and the rewriting of its own pleasure pathways. This would suggest that sex addiction is just as possible as addiction to alcohol, drugs, or gambling. Using newer models of addiction, it might be expected that symptoms would include changes in behavior, including obsession about sex, hiding behavior from others, taking risks to satisfy the addiction and feelings of guilt or shame.”
If you are worried about compulsive sexual behavior help is available. At Hacienda Paradiso we are pioneering affordable treatment in beautiful, natural surroundings. Our sex addiction specialists are available for private, discreet and non-judgmental consultations. They can explain your options for treatment and answer any questions you may have.
What is compulsive sexual behavior?
Compulsive sexual behavior, however, should not be confused with a high, but healthy, libido. Instead, it should consider the motivations and impulse control of the individual.
Do I have sex addiction?
The difficulty is that sex is a normal activity, and therefore the question is not so much about the frequency of sex or sexual preferences, but instead whether the individual has a healthy relationship with sex.
What is porn addiction?
Addiction to porn is, like, sex addiction a topic of debate; if sex is not addictive, how can porn be addictive? However, it’s likely that exactly the same processes that can cause addiction and apply to sex will apply to porn.
What is the treatment for sex addiction?
Sex addiction treatment at Hacienda Paradiso will follow a model similar to any addiction treatment. One key difference between treatment for sex addiction and most other addictions is that lifelong abstinence is not the goal. Instead, the treatment and recovery process will aim to develop a healthy relationship with sex. What this relationship looks like will be discussed and agreed, and will form the goal of the recovery process.
Like recovery from substance misuse, recovery from sex addiction is likely to start with a period of abstinence. Although there is no detox process to go through, abstaining from sex will start the process of resetting the brain’s relationship with sex. It is likely this, at least initially, is best undertaken in our luxury residential facility. This means the environment is highly controlled, and it is not possible to succumb to temptation.
Therapy will also be a core component of rehabilitation and recovery. Psychodynamic therapy might be used to explore your relationship with sex, helping you to understand what initially created that relationship and the need that it fulfils. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also particularly effective. As an active therapy, it equips you to recognize the causes and triggers for your behavior and develop responses that break the chain of actions that previously would have triggered or exacerbated the condition further.
Recovery from sex addiction
Recovery from sex addiction can be a lengthy process. The period of abstinence, during which the brain can start the process of rewiring its reward pathways, can be long, especially if the addiction was severe or long-lasting. However, even if not, the fact that sex is normal and the recovered addict will, at some stage, return to being sexually active means that like any addiction, recovery is a life-long process. The former addict will have to be constantly aware of their behavior to ensure that they are not relapsing, especially as this can happen gradually. All ex clients of Hacienda Paradiso are invited to take part in our year long aftercare journey where they can receive support, help and meetings for 12months after treatment.