Episode 7: Neuroscience and "Sex/Porn Addiction": How do we make sense of all this info?


Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Richard and Lawrence Siegel, in the continuing discussion of why the framing of sexual issues as addiction is problematic. What are the neurological/medical explanations currently taking place within the sexual field? What are the diagnostic implications? What is the research that has been happening for the last 20 years on these issues? Is research interpreted and applied correctly? What do many of the terms being thrown around even mean? And can evidence-based/peer-reviewed research truly be found to support the addiction model for treating sexual problems? What happens when we look at our sexual behavior from the lens of it being broken, and even diseased? How does this affect such things as personal and relational trust? What are some of the issues that we should be talking or concerned about when it comes to sexual functioning? How should we treat and address sexual problems if we are not going to use an addiction model?


Richard and Lawrence Siegel will be presenting at the University of Utah on April 22, 2016 for a training hosted by the Mormon Mental Health Association called: Challenging the Sex Addiction Model (meant for mental health practitioners but offering a rate for the general public).


The Siegels often refer to the position the MMHA recently took sharing their concerns for the high frequency of sex addiction treatment being used to treat either unwanted sexual behavior (usually due to religious values) or sexual dysfunction within the Mormon population: Position on "Sex/Porn Addiction."


Richard M. Siegel, LMHC, CST is a Florida-licensed Mental Health Counselor, Director of the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, a Florida Board Certified Sex Therapist and Qualified Supervisor, and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Supervisor of Sex Therapy, and Provider of Continuing Education. He has a rich experiential background, including over 20 years as a sexuality educator and fifteen years in private sex therapy practice. In addition to his private practice in Boca Raton, Florida, Mr. Siegel is an adjunct faculty member at Palm Beach State College and enjoys a national reputation as a respected trainer, supervisor and conference presenter.


Lawrence Siegel, MA, CSE

Lawrence Siegel, MA is a Clinical Sexologist and sexuality education consultant. He is the founder and serves on the Board of Directors of Sage Institute for Family Development, a non-profit training and counseling center in Florida. Larry sits on the faculties of several colleges, universities and training institutions, and is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of sexuality, sexual development, sexual pharmacology, and medical sexology.


Resources/Recommendations that were mentioned during the podcast:

Eli Coleman of the University of Minnesota

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong: TED Talk by Johann Hari

Mormon Sex Info Episode 4: From Sex Addiction to Sex Positivity featuring Joe Kort

Marty Klein author of Sexual Intelligence, America's War on Sex and more

Douglas Braun-Harvey author of Sexual Health in Recovery

Raven James author of Sexuality and Addiction: Making Connections, Enhancing Recovery

Russell Stambaugh, author of the blog: The Elephant in the Hot Tub: Kink in Context


Other resources/clinicians mentioned during the podcast:

Patrick Carnes and institute he developed where Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSATS) become certified: International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals

Fight the New Drug

Bill Herring


Thank you to Jeff Meyers for the intro and Peter & Mary Danzig of Otter Creek Duo for the concluding bumper music. 


Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcast, Mormon Mental Health.  


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