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Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Counceling PDF Print E-mail
You deserve to be happy!

AAR  offers counseling services as it relates to your identity as a gay, lesbian, transgender or bi-sexual person. The intent of the group is to provide a safe, supportive atmosphere where persons can begin to heal conflicts and issues dealing with their sexual nature.

In group, we address the childhood and societal wounds that can contribute to suppressing vital parts of your true sexuality.

Our confidential counceling or our anonymity counceling can help you if you:
  • Feel frustrated by problems with intimacy and relationships.
  • Is depressed and anxious because of sexual shame.
  • Has experienced overt or covert sexual abuse.
  • Wants to increase self-esteem and confidence.
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AAR Counseling Services are Accessible, Responsive, Comprehensive and Integrated
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Take an Emotional Shower PDF Print E-mail
Have you ever felt shame? How about toxic shame? Shame is a fear-based internal state accompanied by feelings of being unworthy and unlovable. The causes of shame normally stem from our past experiences. Having parents or relationships that reject, humiliate, emotionally or physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or abandonment (emotional or physical) may produce shame-prone children. The child feels that he must be really bad or his parents/or others would love him. The child has major feelings of being devalued and unworthy. These feelings stay with them to adulthood Continue Reading...
Addiction Recovery PDF Print E-mail
AAR Counseling Services Addiction RecoveryAt AAR Counseling Services all types of addictions are addressed. Our staff and facility work together with you to regain a functional lifestyle. Lasting addiction recovery requires subscribing to an equally lasting approach—one which makes it clear what's at stake and how best to address it. Addiction is, a physical, an emotional phenomenon, driven by the experiences, convictions and memories that drive so much of human psychology. That means the surest way to find lasting relief is in the hands of a trained professional.

A number of treatment programs fail to initiate individualized treatment, and this may be one of the main reasons why they tend to fail so thoroughly. The truth about emotional discovery is that it is often best achieved in more private, confidential settings. If you can find a treatment center that makes time for individual care such as this, you may rightly consider yourself most of the way there in your efforts to defeat that addiction.

The good news is that addiction can be treated. Our cutting edge approach along with availability of new drug treatments have proven to be the approach needed for a long term recovery.

Getting real help for addiction recovery is easier than it has ever been. Call @ 1-800-289-7102 and begin your recovery today!
Sex Addiction PDF Print E-mail
"Like an alcoholic unable to stop drinking, sexual addicts are unable to stop their self-destructive sexual behavior. Family breakups, financial disaster, loss of jobs, and risk to life are the painful themes of their stories. Sex addicts come from all walks of life - they may be ministers, physicians, homemakers, factory workers, salespersons, secretaries, clerks, accountants, therapists, dentists, politicians, or executives, to name just a few examples. Most were abused as children - sexually, physically, and/or emotionally. The majority grew up in families in which addiction already flourished, including alcoholism, compulsive eating, and compulsive gambling. Most grapple with other addictions as well, but they find sex addiction the most difficult to stop. Much hope nevertheless exists for these addicts and their families. Sex addicts have shown an ability to transform a life of self-destruction into a life of self-care, a life in chaos and despair into one of confidence and peace."
- Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D.
Author of "Out of the Shadows," 1992

What is Sexual Addiction?
Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one's work environment.

No single behavior pattern defines sexual addiction. These behaviors, when they have taken control of addicts' lives and become unmanageable, include: compulsive masturbation, compulsive heterosexual and homosexual relationships, pornography, prostitution, exhibitionism, voyeurism, indecent phone calls, child molesting, incest, rape and violence. Even the healthiest forms of human sexual expression can turn into self-defeating behaviors.

Sex addicts engage in distorted thinking, often rationalizing and justifying their behavior and blaming others for problems. They generally deny they have a problem and make excuses for their actions. Sexual addiction also is associated with risk-taking. A person with a sex addiction engages in various forms of sexual activity, despite the potential for negative and/or dangerous consequences. In addition to damaging the addict's relationships and interfering with his or her work and social life, a sexual addiction also puts the person at risk for emotional and physical injury.

For some people, the sex addiction progresses to involve illegal activities, such as exhibitionism (exposing oneself in public), making obscene phone calls, or molestation. However, it should be noted that sex addicts do not necessarily become sex offenders.

Behaviors associated with sexual addiction include:
♦Compulsive masturbation (self-stimulation)
♦Multiple affairs (extra-marital affairs)
♦Multiple or anonymous sexual partners and/or one-night stands
♦Consistent use of pornography
♦Unsafe sex
♦Phone or computer sex (cybersex)
♦Prostitution or use of prostitutes
♦Obsessive dating through personal ads
♦Voyeurism (watching others) and/or stalking
♦Sexual harassment

Generally, a person with a sex addiction gains little satisfaction from the sexual activity and forms no emotional bond with his or her sex partners. In addition, the problem of sex addiction often leads to feelings of guilt and shame. A sex addict also feels a lack of control over the behavior, despite negative consequences (financial, health, social, and emotional).

How is sexual addiction treated?
Most sex addicts live in denial of their addiction, and treating an addiction is dependent on the person accepting and admitting that he or she has a problem. In many cases, it takes a significant event—such as the loss of a job, the break-up of a marriage, an arrest, or health crisis—to force the addict to admit to his or her problem.

Treatment of sexual addiction
focuses on controlling the addictive behavior and helping the person develop a healthy sexuality. Treatment includes education about healthy sexuality, individual counseling, Group counseling specifically designed for sexual deviancy and addiction and marital and/or family therapy. In some cases, medications used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder may be used to curb the compulsive nature of the sex addiction.

AAR Counseling Services provides integrated treatment for individuals suffering from sexual addiction/compulsivity (including Internet addiction), sexual deviancy, or the effects of abuse and trauma. These individuals may also be chemically dependent and/or have coexisting psychiatric diagnoses. Compulsive behaviors, post-traumatic symptoms, or unresolved sexual trauma are often the cause of relapse in individuals who have completed traditional treatment programs. The AAR staff has many years of experience and in-depth training in sexual addictions and sexual deviancy behaviors.

Therapeutic approaches include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), experiential therapies, psycho-educational presentations, psychopharmacological interventions, family systems theory, and integrative therapies are used as therapeutic tools to help clients discover personal emotional truths concerning fear, trust, honesty, and dependency. All AAR groups focus on assisting clients in separating their identities from their symptoms. Treatment plans are individualized. The MAKING CHOICES Group is designed to provide therapy for individuals with issues of sexual addiction/compulsivity, co-sexual addiction, and sex and love addiction. Clients in group setting are encouraged to be supportive of one another in constructive ways.

AAR Clinical team is compassionate, and attention is given to assisting clients in developing compassion for themselves and others. Our clinical team approach assists clients in the development of functional thinking processes and coping mechanisms.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, help is a phone call away. Call today 1-800-289-7102.
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