Anthony Weiner has reportedly checked into an undisclosed sex addiction facility that prohibits cellphones and separates patients by gender.
So what else might the disgraced ex-pol expect from such a program?
He’ll likely start with one-on-one therapy to examine how his serial sexting has impacted his life, according to Manhattan-based psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert, who says he treats several patients for sex addiction.
“With Weiner, it has ruined his career, his relationship and likely has impacted this election — and just, of course, the public humiliation,” Alpert told the Daily News.
The treatment would also look at the underlying causes of the patient’s actions, said Alpert.
Manhattan-based psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert reveals possible treatment options that sex addict patients like disgraced ex-pol Anthony Weiner (r.) may expect.
“It could be abuse; it could be more of an addiction where people derive a high and they seek out more and more of the substance, so to speak,” Alpert said. “So not too different from a drug, where the more you use, the more you need.”
A typical program also includes group therapy, which provides “a supportive environment for people to open up,” and family and/or couples therapy, he added.
“So in the case of Weiner, his estranged wife (Huma Abedin) might be involved — especially since they have a child together,” Alpert said.
Eventually, “relapse prevention” would examine ways to prevent Weiner’s alleged addiction from popping back up.
Psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert has treated several patients for sex addiction.
“You would teach them how to identify triggers, and then how to avoid these triggers,” Alpert said. “So, for example, with devices — maybe blocking access to certain sites (and) having a support system in place.”
Other aspects of a program could include stress management, examining how a patient rationalizes his behavior, and teaching him “how to live a healthy life.”
The length of treatment can vary, Alpert said — but the habit can still persist.
“I think for a lot of sex addicts, it’s a lifelong struggle,” he said. “It doesn’t go away in a couple days or a couple weeks.”