Scott Cooper World: HARVEY Weinstein has reportedly finished seven days of treatment after entering rehab for sex addiction.
We discuss whether its possible that the Hollywood producer has been fighting with dependency…
What is sex addiction?
Defined in this manner sexual activity can cover practices like viewing pornography, masturbation, visiting prostitutes, excessive sexual fantasies or anonymous sex.
Indications of dependency can be increasing secrecy, isolation, moodiness and avoidance of couple, family and social responsibilities.
Other characteristics include compulsively jumping from relationship to relationship, becoming caught up in dreams and using sex to manipulate others.
Though this is yet to be confirmed, it has been reported that the movie mogul spent seven days in the facility prior to leaving.
Dr Mark Griffiths, Professor of Behavioural Addiction, talked to The Sun Online about this potential.
He said: “In my view high profile actors use ‘sex addiction’ as an excuse for being sexually sexually unfaithful to their partners (e.g., Tiger Woods, Michael Douglas, David Duchovny, Russell Brand). Harvey Weinstein appears to fall into this group.
“Saying that you have a sex addiction is used to justify the individual’s serial infidelity. This is exactly what we psychologists refer to as a ‘functional attribution’.
“For example, the golfer Tiger Woods maintained an addiction to sex after his wife found out that he had many sexual relationships during their marriage.
“If his wife hadn’t ever found out, I doubt whether Woods would have claimed he was addicted to sex.
“I would argue that many celebrities (like Weinstein) are in a position where they were bombarded with sexual advances from other individuals and succumbed or did the bombarding themselves (such as Weinstein).”
What’s the latest about the Harvey Weinstein allegations?
On October 5, The New York Times published an article about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct revealing settlements with eight women.
The film mogul then issues a statement admitting he’s “caused a lot of pain” apologising for his actions.
He’s fired from the board of the Hollywood business he launched – The Weinstein Company – with “immediate effect.”
His growing list of accusers include Angelina Jolie, Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd.
The New Yorker claims three girls have accused him of rape, allegations that he “unequivocally denies”.
British wife Georgina Chapman admits she is leaving him saying: “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain.”
Weinstein allegedly heads for treatment for sex addiction and behavioral issues in a European clinic.
The FBI has now reportedly opened a probe into the claims against the film mogul, amid hints he might flee the country like Roman Polanski.
Mylene Klass is the most recent A-lister to accuse the producer of inappropriate conduct.
She told The Sun, Weinstein tried to provide her a sex contract, but she told him to “f*** off”.
Kate Beckinsale revealed how the producer targeted her in London, when she was just
What occurs at sex addiction practices?
At sex addiction rehabilitation centres, they use an assortment of different methods to manage emotional issues.
Dealing with mental problems such as depression, anxiety and trauma can occasionally help to overcome deep-rooted problems in relationships.
Patients’ experiences in sexual addiction clinics fluctuates on a case-to-case basis.
While some are focused on treatment and counselling, others are prescribed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
For more information about getting help, it is advisable to go to your local GP for advice.
Specialist practices, including at The Priory, have advice and information available on their websites.