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As Weinstein, Spacey seek treatment post-scandals, examining the efficacy of sex rehab

Executive producer/actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the special screening of Netflix's
Executive producer/actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the special screening of Netflix's "House of Cards" Season 2 at the Directors Guild Of America on Feb. 13, 2014 in Los Angeles.
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Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are reportedly seeking treatment at the same upscale sex rehab facility in Arizona.

They aren’t the first names to have headed to rehab after a national sex scandal, of which a long list includes Tiger Woods, Michael Douglas and Rob Lowe. But with the onslaught of allegations continuing to make headlines, the conversation surrounding the field of in-patient sex therapy is once again stirring controversy.

The concept of sex addiction or disorder has long been criticized by both medical experts and the general public, often pointing to a lack of research in treatment and publicist efforts to hide clients amidst scandals. But while sex addiction isn’t listed as an official mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association, it is recognized as a disorder, and a range of treatment centers, practicing psychiatrists and counselors exist.

Host Larry Mantle talks with experts on sexual health and addiction treatment.


Jill Boultinghouse, co-founder and clinical director of Pacific Solstice Addiction Treatment Centers; she is a licensed marriage and family therapist

Doug Braun-Harvey, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified sex therapist, and co-founder of The Harvey Institute, a sexual health training and consultation service based in San Diego; he is the co-author of “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” (Springer Publishing Company, 2015)