We believe that most compulsive and problematic sexual behavior is properly classified as addiction. New York Pathways follows the addiction treatment model, which has been used
since the late 1940s to successfully treat many types of addictions. More>
addiction treatment model used at New York Pathways consists of five basic components:
1. Sex addiction is the primary disorder rather than a symptom of
another disorder. It is easy to focus on the symptoms of sex addiction, such as trauma history, depression, anxiety, failed relationships, intense loneliness, lack of self-worth, etc., instead of the addiction itself.
However, we find that when we treat the sex addiction as the primary issue, it allows us to effectively treat these secondary symptoms.
2. Sex addiction, like other addictions, is progressive. It is an involuntary
condition that will get worse over time if left untreated.
3. Sex addiction is a multiphasic disorder that affects all areas of the addict's life. Therefore, we use a broad-based treatment approach to deal
with physical, mental, spiritual, family, work, and other issues the addict is facing.
4. The cornerstones of treatment for sex addiction are education, therapy, support groups, and other modalities that support free
from destructive sexual behaviors.
5. Sex addiction, like all other addictions, affects the entire family system. We therefore strongly encourage individual treatment for partners and family members
of the addict. In our experience, involvement of an addict's partner is essential to solid recovery and a rebuilding of the relationship that has been devastated by the addiction.
The treatment model of New York Pathways is a holistic, three-fold approach with education,
individual therapy, and group therapy intertwined throughout treatment. Because addiction affects the entire family system, we also encourage individual treatment for partners and family members of the addict as well as
couples therapy. Therapeutic models vary, depending on each individual's unique needs and goals. We utilize psychodynamic therapy and other techniques, such as Gestalt, psychodrama, and experiential approaches.
rely in part on the work of Patrick Carnes and his task-centered methods to form the basis of our treatment of sex addiction. We also encourage attending self-help groups for sex addiction that are modeled on Alcoholics
Anonymous (AA) support groups, which help members maintain sobriety on addictive and compulsive behaviors through sharing of experiences; emphasize the spiritual awakening; and honor the tradition of anonymity.
begins with a confidential assessment session of approximately 1-1½ hours. During this time, we discuss the addictive and compulsive behaviors that are causing pain for you and your loved ones.
involves evaluating the consequences of sex addiction on marriage, family, and other meaningful relationships; and ramifications in the work, social, spiritual, and financial realms. There are often significant and
catastrophic repercussions of sex addiction such as divorce, job loss, physical injury or even criminal arrest.
The holistic, three-fold treatment philosophy of New York Pathways encompasses education, individual
therapy, and group therapy.
In our education groups, we begin with creating an awareness of the addiction and continue with personalized education throughout the recovery process. The
more you understand your addiction, the more you will learn to recognize triggers and avoid treacherous situations. We will provide you with recommended reading lists to further your understanding of sex addiction, and
we will offer you tools that you will be able to use to support you in your recovery process.
Individual therapy is a continuous, one-on-one process. In the early stages of
individual therapy, we focus on addressing your specific acting out behavior and offer you direction in slowing and stopping such behavior. As we continue our work, we will explore your own unique deeper issues, with
the goal of developing a balanced life.
Group Therapy Foundation Group >
Growth Group >
Group therapy provides both support and accountability among those with sex addiction and those who engage in compulsive behaviors. Sessions
involve education and discussions of traumatic events as well as confrontations regarding denial, delusions, and inappropriate behaviors. It has been our experience that most clients find group therapy to greatly assist
in freeing them from secrecy and shame.
We also offer individual and group therapy for partners and family members of those
who suffer from sex addiction, as we have found that partners and family members can benefit tremendously from such treatment themselves. Often partners are deeply affected by the addiction and develop a strong desire
to control their loved one in the hope of stopping the behavior or "curing" the addict. They may become obsessive about uncovering evidence of the addiction or preventing behaviors. We will work to help
partners and family members reclaim their lives from codependency and participate in healthy relationships. Partners Page >
Couples therapy encourages exploration of issues which impact intimacy and sexual well-being. Building skills for cultivating
and sustaining healthy, loving, and mutually satisfying relationships are emphasized in couples therapy.
Discernment CounselingMore >
The goal of discernment counseling is to assist you in gaining
greater clarity and confidence in your decision making while working through the structural and emotional damage to your relationship. The immediate decision is framed not as whether to stay together or divorce but
whether to continue moving towards divorce or committing to a six month effort to restore your marriage, with divorce off the table for that time period.