Inner Loop Counseling is a comprehensive outpatient center specializing in treatment and recovery from addictions—alcohol, drugs, sex, love, food & other process addictions. We utilize state of the art, evidence based techniques that enhance the recovery process.
We utilize the 12 Step model as the background and foundation of recovery and treatment. Focus is on the addict as well as the addict’s family. We know that including the family in the recovery process greatly enhances the chances for a full recovery; however, there are some individuals whose families are unavailable or unwilling to attend counseling with the addict. We also work with trauma and sexual abuse survivors. Many of our addiction clients have experienced childhood abuse or neglect. Most of our clients are professionals who have experienced a life crisis.
Types of counseling offered includes individual, couples, family and group therapy sessions. We utilize EMDR to help resolve painful, traumatic events from the past. We include referrals to community resources that enhance the recovery process. Some 12 Step meetings are available at the Center as well. Our goal is to treat all individuals with compassion, respect and dignity.
Addiction of all types devastates families, causes loss of job, spiritual connection, family and even life and freedom for some.
More than 22 million Americans aged 12 and up needed treatment for a drug or alcohol problem in 2009. Another 6-12 million Americans needed treatment for compulsive sexual and relationship behavior that year and the number is rising.
Less than 1% of those individuals ever make it to inpatient treatment that specializes in addiction. The ones who do, need help sustaining the sobriety and recovery they gained in treatment for months and sometimes even years after treatment. There are very few services in our community that fill the gap between inpatient treatment and 12 Step meetings for alcoholics & drug addicts and even fewer for sexual addiction & compulsivity. Call us, we can help
About Sex Addiction
At Inner Loop Counseling we know that sexual addiction is a serious problem that affects people of all socioeconomic status, educational status, both males and females and even teenagers and preadolescent children. The youngest child admitted to inpatient treatment for sexual addiction to date is 8 years old. The addict is not a bad person, simply a person who has been adversely affected by the mood changing nature of sex and has had changes in the brain; in particular the limbic system of the brain, where the dopaminergic pathways store memories of rewarding (pleasurable) behavior. The drive to repeat the rewarding behavior has become all consuming and irresistible to the point of loss of control. The loss of control is not intentional—it is due to the changes in the brain. The addict needs help to reverse the unhealthy changes in the brain and will not be able to stop without professional intervention. If you or a family member is suffering from compulsive sexual behavior, you are not alone. Studies show that 4-6% of the population is sexually addicted. That means an estimated 19 million adults and teens in the U.S. alone, suffer from sexual addiction. The numbers are growing (22% of college females reported symptoms that met criteria for a sexual addiction diagnosis in a recent study). But there IS hope. We can help.
Because the changes in the brain have altered the judgment of the addict, it is very difficult for them to stop the behavior and the distorted thinking. As in chemical dependence, inpatient treatment is often necessary, however, most people want to give outpatient treatment a shot before committing to several weeks away from work and family. Here at Inner Loop Counseling, we understand the extremely difficult and stubborn nature of sex addiction and that for most people, it is much more difficult to abstain from, than alcohol or drug addiction. That’s why we have created a multidisciplinary, comprehensive system of care for the addict and the addicts’ family. Copious research shows that the addict’s chances of recovery and success are very dependent on the family’s support, participation in and understanding of the disease and the nature & intensity of recovery. Many families become resentful of how much time the addict has to spend doing treatment & recovery activities. Since so much of the addict’s time has been spent on addiction, they ask, “Why does s/he have to be away from the family now? We just got him/her back?”