How Did I Get Here?
Our 10-day outpatient intensive, From the Roots to the Recovery, is based on our identication of a key set of factors commonly found in the early years of those individuals who become sex addicts. These factors, which interfere with and distort healthy attachment, make the development of a sexual addiction an almost logical outcome. If left unacknowledged and untreated, these root causes can negatively impact the sex addict at all stages of the recovery process and undermine even the most sincere efforts to get and stay sexually sober.
SATTI pioneered the treatment of sexual addiction in New York city, starting in 1992. Since that time, the depth of our clinical expertise and experience, joined with our compassionate and nonjudgmental approach, has led to our reputation as the foremost treatment facility for sexual addiction in the New York metropolitan area. From the beginning SATTI has been committed to moving beyond the kind of treatment that focused only on helping sex addicts stop their destructive behaviors. We realized that it was essential for us to also provide a deeper healing process if our clients were to achieve the truly transformative recovery they deserved.
SATTI works closely with referring therapists before and during their clients' IOP participation,
and carefully coordinates aftercare plans with them.
SATTI uses expressive, experiential modalities and intimacy-building group therapies, as well as psychodynamic individual therapy, to help the recovering individual begin to see a pathway to the healing of the childhood trauma and neglect that both underlie the development of the addiction and have kept it active in adulthood. The possibility of meeting childhood’s unmet needs in healthy ways becomes real as treatment progresses. From the roots to the recovery will firmly establish each participant on a healing journey that in essence gives him or her a chance to start over and become the person he or she was meant to be.
What Is SATTI?
Sexual addiction is defined as repetitively engaging in compulsive sexual behavior and/or obsessive sexual fantasy despite the fact that there are serious adverse consequences in a major life area. Relationship intimacy, family stability, professional status, reputation, emotional well-being, financial security, and physical health are all risked in the pursuit of the sexual high. Like alcohol to an alcoholic or cocaine to a drug abuser, sex and fantasy function very much as a drug for the sex addict, producing the same powerful euphoria, then numbing, and finally depression and despair.
Given that the estimates of the prevalence of sexual addiction range from 12 to 15 million Americans, the sex addict could be almost anyone: the foreman on the assembly line, the secretary at the next desk, the lawyer in the next office, the baseball hero, or the parish priest. Sexual addiction cuts across gender lines and affects people at every socioeconomic level. Recovery from sexual addiction is not about "bad people getting good, but sick people getting well."
SATTI offers intensive resources to support the family as well, as they face this traumatic time of discovery and early recovery. Prior to the addict's admission, a family meeting will be held in order to incorporate all members' concerns into the 10-day treatment process. Ongoing group, family, couples, and individual treatment are also available to help establish and maintain the family’s stability and well-being.
What Is Sex Addiction?
Is There Help for Me?
Is Your Program for Me?
Is Your Program for My Family Too?
How Does It Work?
What Is SATTI?
Will Insurance Provide Coverage?
Insurance may cover all or part of this treatment, but since policies vary, it is necessary for participants to check with their provider for accurate information as to coverage.
From the Roots to the Recovery is designed to meet the needs of sex addicts who:
. are in the early, crisis stages of recognizing their sexual addiction, and/or
. are unable to maintain sobriety despite conventional therapeutic treatment, and/or
. wish to potentiate their recovery process through an intensive treatment focus, and/or
. realize the need to focus on resolving, at a deeper level, underlying trauma and neglect as their
recovery progresses, and/or
. have family and career responsibilities that necessitate their engaging in a shorter term but intensive
rehab experience neartheir home base
Shame, Guilt, Self-hate, despair . . . These are some of nightmare feelings that follow the highs of repetitive sexual acting-out for sex addict. Over time, as with all additions, these highs become brief and satisfying, and the negative consequences become more extensive and longer lasting. Eventually, the chaos becomes almost constant. Actiong-out escalates as the addict, caught in this vicious cycle,seeks to escape from the distress the relapses themselves now cause. Most sex addicts have no idea how this cycle came to play such ruinous role in their lives.They struggle, often in isolation and shame, with question such as
• Why do I have this addiction? Is it my
• What can I do to escape its stranglehold?
• Am I the only one who struggles with this problem?
• Why do I continue to act in ways that violate my personal values and beliefs?
• How can I ever tell the truth about what I have done?
• Will I ever be able to forgive myself or be forgiven for the harm I have caused?
• Is it too late to get my life back?
• Is there any hope for me?
Adjunctive therapies available to participants n this intensive include meditation training, aromatherapy, acupuncture, and psychiatric consultation. Participation in 12 Step recovery programs is strongly encouraged and supported.