Experts tell us there’s still hope for Tiger — if he’s truly willing to make a change.
We’re relieved to hear that Tiger Woods has reportedly checked into rehab center The Meadows to treat his sex addiction, but now we’re wondering: Can he be cured? Several experts tell HollywoodLife.com that Tiger can pull through and overcome his addiction, but it will be a long, difficult process.
Psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman tells us that Tiger’s “risk-taking behavior to obtain sexual gratification” is the greatest signal that he is suffering from sex addiction. “He’s taken risks both of being found out and of getting a woman pregnant. He’s risked losing sponsorships, his wife and children, his career and public opinion.”
What is a sex addict, exactly?
According to the National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, a sex addict is any person “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.”
Mavis Humes Baird, a counselor at the Addictions and Trauma Treatment Teamwork in NYC says that signs of a sex addict are “someone who displays a pattern of progressive, self-destructive behavior.” That sure sounds like Tiger. Plus, Baird says “often times, people in early recovery need a time out in order to focus on themselves, their family, and their healing.” And Tiger taking a break from golf is one example of how he has already done this.
Can sex rehab help Tiger?
As for Tiger’s treatment, Dr. Lee says the golfer is in for some serious personal exploration. “When in rehab, the patients are mostly undergoing group therapy and some individual work with therapists,” he says. “The group therapy model combined with a heavy dose of education: mental, spiritual, and a lot of 12 step work.”
It’s also important to look at why Tiger may have entered rehab. Sex addiction psychotherapist Dr. Timothy Lee says that in order for some to successfully overcome a sexual compulsion, the person “has to have a desire to want to stop.” When a person is coerced into entering rehab, like some are saying Tiger was, “they’re less likely to have the motivation to change.”
However, Baird says, “a majority of people who are serious about the treatment do very well and do recover. Treatment is very effective.” And all the public attention on Tiger’s problems could actually be a good thing! Baird says, “On one hand, what helps addicts face their problems is to suffer the consequences of their addiction, and being outed in the media is definitely a consequence.”
But what if all this really is for his wife, Elin Nordegren — and not just for publicity? Do you think she should take him back?
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