At Holina, we understand that that when it comes to a long-term successful recovery, addiction treatment in residential rehab is only the beginning. But it’s such an important beginning!.
It’s time to get back to yourself.
Sex addiction treatment at Holina is rapidly becoming a mainstream behavioural challenge that requires treatment, and as the number of people entering rehabilitation centres for it increases, the stigma begins to diminish. Since 2020, we’ve seen a significant increase in people identifying their addictive disease including sex obsession and compulsions, which is a healthy move forwards for all recovering addicts, in our opinion.
Sex Addiction treatment on a physical level is very similar to substance addictions like alcohol and drugs. We say this because the way the drugs & alcohol flood the brain’s reward circuit is the same as the euphoria created by the chemical messenger that sex (usually through orgasm) unleashes. During the build-up and the climax (orgasm), your brain creates a variety of different hormones and neurochemicals, specifically dopamine, which is also created artificially by drugs and alcohol.
Compulsive sexual behaviour disorder (CSBD) or hypersexuality is commonly referred to as sex addiction. However, sex addiction as a condition is not formally accepted by all members of the medical community. Though a diagnosis of sex addiction does not formally exist, compulsive sexual behaviour can result in significant emotional pain and other devastating consequences.
Many people may ask, “Is sex addiction a real thing?” In reality, compulsive sexual behaviour goes beyond desire, and it’s a challenging reality for many people who live with it. Approximately 3% to 6% of the general population experiences symptoms of compulsive sexual behaviour. CSBD involves a variety of complex and intense unwanted sexual behaviours and fantasies that, at times, may become harmful to you and others. The condition can be managed, though. It might require seeking the help of a health professional and committing to long-term treatment.
Source – PsychCentral
Sexual addiction can manifest itself in many different ways, both physical and emotional. It takes a healthcare professional to make a clear diagnosis, but here are some signs that can point to a potential sex addiction:
Dopamine, often referred to as the “pleasure chemical”, is responsible for feelings of pleasure or joy, desire, and motivation.
As this surge of dopamine floods the reward circuit it reinforces the messages to the brain that this is pleasurable and therefore begins to create the brain’s attachment to the behaviour, before it grows to become a dominant activity, obsession, and compulsion, as the process is repeated again and again.
Just like with drug use, the brain adapts to the artificial pleasure being offered by reducing its impact over time and creating tolerance within the cells responding to it, meaning that more and more of the activity is required to create the same feelings.
The simple reason why people become addicted to sex is that it feels good. It feels so good that the brain begins to crave more and more of these feelings, unconsciously moving through a timeline that eventually shifts from fun pursuits to obsessive and compulsive activities. Furthermore, just like substance addictions, their beginnings started with the desire to control our reality or seek a better one – what we mean by this is that once the brain learns that it can control its joy and pleasure through an activity like sex or drugs, it desires it more of the time, particularly to escape pain or move towards even more joy and pleasure.
Sex addiction treatment, similar to food addictions is particularly difficult to confront because it’s considered such a natural thing to do and believed to be one of the basic human needs – to procreate and to feel good procreating. But how many people with sex addiction are using it to procreate? Almost none. Almost everyone is using sex to artificially feel good about themselves. With such a temptation and such a global and societal mindset around sex, it’s not surprising that it’s so difficult to overcome.
At Holina we have a wide range of treatments and activities that are proven steps in bringing you back to yourself. Each day is different at Holina but we do follow a regular daily schedule as outlined below. This is a rough guide to what your normal day would consist of at the Holina drug addiction treatment center.
On weekends we break from the normal schedule and explore some of the best locations Koh Phangan has to offer.
Sex addiction treatment begins with the acknowledgement of the problem – that you have crossed a line into unhealthy sexual behaviours and cannot recover from this alone. Change must occur and that change begins with our thinking. It will take courage, faith, discipline, and commitment to accept that recovery is necessary and to surrender to the process of recovering with Holina addiction services.
You must take responsibility for your recovery as much as you do for your other actions in life. This acceptance will play a key role in beginning your journey into recovery as you take responsibility for your past behaviours and move into new ones, launching your newfound freedom and happiness. Your spirit will awaken and as you recover you will see a complete overall shift from selfishness into selflessness, as you regain the ability to live a life thinking of others as well as yourself. Holina addiction services are a beautiful process.
We have a wide selection of accommodation options available when you stay at Holina Rehab, and start our Drug Addiction Treatment Program. We believe your environment and the people around you can make a big difference in your treatment and your overall well-being.
Please enquire about the pricing structure of 24/7 medically managed detox, supervised by Doctors and nurses, licensed as an inpatient hospital on the contact form below.
If you would like to know more about our Holina Rehab Sex Addiction Treatment, please feel free to drop us a quick message here. Please fill in as many details as possible to help us understand your current situation and addiction history.
Coming to Holina is more than just recovery. You will find support here for life. Even after completing treatment, we offer support groups for continuing support on your journey.
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Holina Village is a safe and contained space designed for young people from the age of 16 to 26, who are choosing to deal with their addictions.
Specialising in healing our emotions and expanding our spirit through our beautiful retreat in Koh Phangan.
Holina Rehabilitation Services are also available in Europe at our new Holina Youth Village in Cyprus where we welcome the younger generation who have addictions and more commonly online and behavioural addictions. We also cater for the corporate and business world with our Spiritual Retreats at our forthcoming location on Koh Phangan Island.
If the substances you consume, or your behaviour or attitude is getting you into trouble or having a negative impact on your life, The River Rehab may be an important option for you to consider. Not only will we provide you with the tools that you need, but we will also give you access to customized levels of treatment that will enable you to literally reinvent your life.
We treat the disease of addiction, which incorporates all substance dependencies, including alcohol, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, ketamine, heroin, methadone, Subutex, morphine, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, psychedelics, ecstasy, solvents, and legal (prescribed) medication addictions, as well as other process and behavior addictions such as sex, love, gaming, gambling, internet or technologies, shopping, food, exercise and co-dependency. We believe that addiction is a disease of the mind, from which we can recover, one day at a time.
We are a residential rehab experience, with a minimum of one month commitment. People are not permitted to come by and visit or look around unless an appointment has been made. This is to protect the privacy and the space for our residents and to keep them safe. We are not a day care facility or outpatient service. We only serve those people looking for a fully immersive experience.
Our minimum commitment is 4 weeks. Even considering that it’s possible to overcome an addiction with any long-lasting effect for any shorter period is simply unrealistic, and likely unethical. Whilst our minimum commitment is 4 weeks, many, probably most of our residents stay 6 to 8 weeks and some up to 12 weeks (the full program length).
We will discourage this until after week 9. Whilst it may be nice to think that your family are supportive and want to encourage you, it’s a huge distraction from treatment for the individual, and our collective observations (in other facilities) are that in over 66% of these visits it leads to disruption, early self-discharge, and often relapse. That said, please know we’re a treatment centre driven by your success and we do know that your success is significantly improved when family members are engaged in their loved one’s recovery. So if you would like to organise either a zoom call with your family and your primary therapist, or an actual family visit on site, we would encourage this towards the end of your treatment experience.
We appreciate that you will be away from your loved ones for fairly long periods of time, and that connection to them is important. Sometimes work or business calls are important to you. We will always find ways to help you facilitate these relationships.
We have decided that in today’s modern age of technology that it is important that you recover with your smart devices, and not in spite of them. So it is our policy that you keep all your digital devices unless a Digital detox is specifically part of your treatment or your addiction is related to the internet or gaming, or other smart devices. This policy is reviewed on a case by case basis if a resident is observed to be spending too much of their attention on their device rather than the other residents. We are also mindful of people with sex addiction who may be navigating the internet to act out. Meanwhile We have super-fast internet across the resort, and all the bedrooms have Smart TVs running You Tube and Netflix etc.
Yes you may. Whilst we’d love to encourage you to quit whilst youre with us, we acknowledge that many people still smoke So you may smoke on the balcony of your room, or in the dedicated smoking sala in the lounge area.
Koh Phangan is a warm climate all year round. It is typically in the low to mid 30s*c / low 90s*f during the day, and at night it rarely goes under 23*c / mid 70s*f Sometimes it rains, usually for up to 30 minutes, which serves at cooling down the air. Occasionally it may rain for longer periods (typically in October or November), though this doesn’t interfere with treatment particularly.
Pack as if you were coming on holiday to a tropical paradise island in Thailand – which, of course you are. Summer style clothing is recommended (light shirts, T-shirts, shorts, comfortable shoes, sneakers, flip flops / sandals, etc, light, breathable clothing and swimwear for the pool and the beaches. Most of us wear underwear, shorts, T-shirts / Tank Tops / Vests, sneakers, sandals & tongs / flip flops. Active wear for workouts and other fitness activities including swimming, sports shoes, and light wear for yoga. We do physical activities almost every day, so bring a few pairs to allow for laundry times.
There is no need to dress formal or smart. Everything is relaxed, comfort focused and easy going. We have a safe to keep your valuables in, but expensive jewellery and other luxury items are unnecessary. Toiletries: Please bring your own toiletries and hygiene products, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, shaving materials, basic makeup, hairbrush, etc. Anything you forget we can purchase from local shops.
Medications: You are allowed to continue using your doctor-prescribed medications while in rehab, but please do bring proof of your prescription. Please keep all your pills in the original packaging so that they are not to be unauthorized narcotics.
Kindly do not bring the following: Alcohol or drugs: It might seem self-explanatory, but some clients may try to sneak in a last-minute hit, fix, pill, can, bottle, etc. Your bags and belongings will be searched when you arrive at Holina. Alcohol or drug paraphernalia: This includes anything that advertises or glorifies the use of alcohol or drugs. This should also include items that display support for criminal acts including terrorism, sex, gambling, or other negatively perceived notions that could upset other residents.
Weapons: There is absolutely no need to bring any knives or weapons with you to Thailand or to treatment. They will be confiscated and destroyed. Toiletries that contain alcohol: Leave any alcohol-based products at home, such as certain mouthwashes, nail polish remover, perfumes, and aerosols.
We have 2 main Chef’s (supported by 2 other Thai chefs) – a Meat focused one and a Vegan Chef. You can advise us of any of your specific dietary needs and we can manage them. We’re used to having people with all types of needs. Nothing unusual there.
Our prices are all inclusive and dependent upon the style of room you choose – shared, single occupancy or private plunge pool villa. You can view our prices here
We don’t have any hidden costs, though there are some costs that should be aware of. We pay for any psychiatric assessments and other mental health professional visits. We ask you to pay for anything non detox or mental health related, including your medications.
We also ask that you have travel or medical insurance in place before you come to us. This is really for any non-detox or psychiatric related problems, like if you fall over and break your arm, or some other uncalculated trip to accident and emergency.
We don’t pay for your flights to and from Koh Samui Airport (USM), but we do cover the cost of getting you from the airport to Holina and we will pay for your return to the airport unless you check out against clinical advice. Typically, our clients spend between US$50 and $75 per month on personal items, such as snacks, sodas, cigarettes, some toiletries, etc, but it’s not necessary to spend any more. Even gift buying on this island is relatively cheap compared to the rest of the world.
At this time, residents of most countries around the world are able to come into Thailand and achieve a visa upon entry. We will advise you on this process. It’s very straight forwards.
If you extend your treatment and need a longer visa then we will take care of this for you, and in most instances we will pay for all your visa extensions too.
Currently, there are no requirements for any vaccines to come into Thailand. This includes COVID vaccines or any other historical vaccines previously required. So please don’t worry about this, unless you specifically want to be extra vaccinated.