Guide To Atlanta Sex Addiction Resources

Atlanta has dozens of support groups and treatment options for people wanting to overcome the destructive cycle of sexual addiction.  Here are some of the most effective sources for help in the area.

A person facing the need to get help for sex or porn addiction often doesn't know where to turn to for help.  In a city as large as Atlanta there are a lot of resources but finding them can be difficult if you don't know where to look or who to ask. This brief article can point you in the right direction.

Atlanta Support Groups for Sex Addiction

People are often surprised to learn that in the Atlanta area there are almost 100 support groups that meet each week that help people gain better control over their sexual behavior. These meetings are free and anonymous.  You can go as often or as little as you want, and you don't have to talk if you feel shy.  You don't have to call ahead before going to one of these meetings, although group have a contact person who is glad to talk to you ahead of time.  Some people find 12-step meetings to be very helpful, and I'm a big supporter of them, even if you only go one ot two times to check it out.  If you don't think 12-step groups are for you, I hope you will read an article I wrote titled "12 Step Groups: 12 Objections and 12 Responses".

The confusing part is that there several different 12-step meetings for sex addiction.  Each has a slightly different name.  The reason for this is because each one started in a different part of the country and then grew.  All of them are available in Atlanta:

All of these groups provide support for people who want to control their sexual behavior better.  The main difference is that 12-step group defines "sexual sobriety" a little differently.  Again, if you want a list of Atlanta 12 step meetings for sex addiction, here's the site to give you that information.

Atlanta Support Groups for Partners of Sex Addicts and Other Sexual Betrayers

People who learn that their partner is a sex addict or other chronic sexual betrayer usually feel very shocked, confused, isolated, angry, and ashamed.  They often don't feel like they can share their burden with family members or friends.  . It is extremely difficult to discover that your partners has engaged in acts of sexual deception over and over.  Attending support group meetings with other people in the same situation can be a very supportive and empowering thing to do.

Atlanta has several support group meetings specifically for spouses or other partners of sex addicts.

  • "S-Anon" meetings are modeled on the principles of Al-Anon Family Groups (the 12-step support group for family members of alcoholics). The Atlanta S-Anon website maintains its own listing of meetings.
  • In addition, PoSA (Partners of Sex Addicts) is a non-12 step-based support group focusing on healing from the relational trauma of sex addiction. Unfortunately, Atlanta no longer as a PsSA meeting.  Maybe someone reading this is willing to start one!
  • Finally, have started offering therapy groups for people who have been repeatedly sexually betrayed.  Although this is not a free meeting like the ones above, it can offer a good way to connect with other people, so it's ok to attend a few times, make some contacts, and then move on.  

Atlanta Sex Addiction Therapy

When dealing with these difficult issues it can be very useful to get some professional assistance.  It's important to have a place to turn to help deal with the trauma, confusion, despair, fear and other intense emotions you a person in this kind of situation often feels.  It helps to have a professional who specializes in this situation to provide useful support and direction.  It can help to figure out "what caused these kinds of sexual behaviors" as well as what to do about it.

But how do you find such a specialist? One good idea is to look for a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT).  These a professionals with a great deal of training and experience helping people deal with these kinds of problems. Here is way to search for a list of CSAT therapists in Atlanta.  

I believe it is also important to get help from someone who has a lot of informed views about all kinds of sexual issues. I'm one of the few sex addiction therapists in Atlanta who is also a member of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapist (AASECT) as well as The Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH).

Other Types of Sex Addiction Treatment

There are more intensive forms of treatment for these kinds of sexual problems.  Sometimes I recommend that my clients go to a longer type of treatment.  These range from 3 days to 6 weeks, depending on a lot of factors.  I don't suggest this very often, but the people who do go to these places usually feel it helped turn their lives around.

Summary

In summary, anyone in Atlanta who wants help for sex addiction or other kinds of sexual problems can get lots of help. If I can be of further assistance give me a call at (404) 345-1570 or email me at bill@billherring.com.  My contact form is also a good way to reach me.