Why Call a Sex Addiction Hotline?

Mar 14, 2024

According to the National Institute of Health, six percent of Americans have a sex addiction. This condition is sometimes referred to as compulsive sexual behavior (CSB) or hypersexuality. 

Sex addiction can take on many forms, depending on the individual. Sex addiction occurs when someone is unable to control their sexual urges to the point where it affects their work, school, or relationships. 

Some sex addicts feel alone and don’t seek treatment. Thankfully, help is out there. Sex addiction hotlines have various programs and treatment options. They’re safe and anonymous. These hotlines are available for anyone who has a sex addiction. 

What if I'm Afraid to Call?

Most addicts feel alone in their struggles. They think it’s impossible to be open about their issue due to the stigma and shame associated with this behavioral addiction. 

But when you reveal that you’re a sex addict, you realize you’re not alone. Hotlines are a free and confidential way to get help on what you’re going through. When calling a sex addiction hotline, make sure that it’s legitimate. 

A good rule of thumb is to get help from websites that end in .org or.gov. Most sex hotlines are operated by volunteers who specialize in behavioral addiction or sex addiction. 

Getting Ready to Call

Most sex addiction hotlines are available 24/7 and 265 days per year. They help those with sex addiction, compulsive sexual behavior, love addiction, hypersexuality, or porn addiction. 

It can be overwhelming when you or someone you know has a problem. You may find it hard to talk to friends and family due to fear of judgment. Take several deep breaths before making the call. 

These hotlines have caring and compassionate individuals on the other end who are trained in dealing with your problem. All it takes is a simple conversation to take the right step forward in your mental health journey. 

Making the Call

Before you make the call, make sure that you have the right phone number. Always get the number directly from the legitimate resource. Sometimes hitting the wrong number can put you down the wrong path

Making the call is difficult because you don’t know what the outcome will be. It’s that fear that prevents you from seeking treatment. When you’re ready, dial the number and cast all fears aside. 

These counselors are here to get you the help you need. They will provide you with information about treatment centers and programs in your area. 

These counselors are available to offer guidance and support to individuals and their loved ones. They also explain the different types of disorders and their symptoms. 

Some provide resources, websites, and support groups that will aid you in your journey. They give you the next steps to take toward your mental health recovery. 

Some hotlines can even offer peace of mind or support during times of crisis. As always, if you ever feel distressed, you should call 988 or 911. 

Is Calling a Helpline Beneficial?

Calling a hotline is the right step towards recovery. It signifies that you’re self-aware of your problem. You also realize that you’re not alone and that nothing is wrong with you. This is important if you keep your disorder from your friends and family members. 

Various Resources and Listings

Addiction Experts: Behavioral health specialists provide counseling and information on sex addiction. They also have resources available on their website: 855-945-4310 or addictionexperts.com. 

Behavioral Health Help Line (BHHL): The Behavioral Health Help Line provides individuals and families with numerous treatment options for behavioral and substance disorders. This includes inpatient and outpatient treatment, immediate crisis care, and urgent needs. This service is available to residents in Massachusetts only: 833-773-2445 or chat online at masshelpline.com.

Caron: Speak with an individual who’s an expert on sex and relationship addiction: 855-737-0501. 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: This hotline offers resources, treatment programs, and local support groups. Trained volunteers are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET: 800-950-NAMI (6264). 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: This confidential hotline is available for anyone who finds themselves in a mental health crisis or is contemplating suicide. Trained counselors are available around the clock to offer guidance, support, and referrals for treatment: 988. 

SAMHSA National Hotline: This free and confidential hotline is available 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. Individuals and families will receive information on behavioral health, mental health, and substance use disorders. This hotline also provides referrals to community-based programs, local treatment centers, and support groups: 800-662-HELP (4357). 

Sex Addicts Anonymous: SAA is a group that’s based on Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step tradition. This group is open to individuals of any gender, identity, or orientation. The hotline offers support groups and resources available locally or virtually. Meetings are free to attend and the only requirement is a desire to stop sexual compulsion: 888-287-0471. 

Sexaholics Anonymous Meetings: These meetings are available seven days a week for men and women with sex addiction: 866-424-8777. 

Resources

Available Helpines for Sex Addiction

Behavioral Health Help Line (BHHL) FAQ 

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