PROFESSIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE CONCEPT
It reduces the credibility of sexologists.
Prospective patients are now asking therapists a new set of questions: "Are you in recovery yourself?" "Have you treated sex addicts before?" What if a therapist is emotionally/sexually healthy and therefore not "in recovery?" Is s/he then disqualified as a professional?
The public, I'm afraid, is now getting a picture of us as being ivory tower types out of touch with the real -- i.e., destructive -- sexuality out on the street. They're feeling, "You want to waste time discussing systems, regression, defenses, and meanwhile there are kids buying Playboy out there!"
It replaces professional sexologists as relevant sex experts.
There are two groups of people behind this:
a) Addictionologists, often in recovery themselves (i.e., they have unresolved sexual and impulse control issues). They typically have little or not training in sexuality; and
b) 12-steppers themselves, lay people who love being in recovery. Their missionary zeal has nothing to do with science or clinical expertise. They freely generalize their own experience with sexual problems and "recovery" to all people and to human sexuality.
Both groups of people are now being quoted -- and are actively portraying themselves -- as sex experts.
By offering training from people with little or no sexological background, the concept suggests that all sex therapists offer is just another "theory" about sexual functioning. Just as creationists now want (and frequently get) "equal time" when scientists teach or discuss evolution, addictionologists now want -- and are beginning to get -- "equal time" regarding sexual functioning.
Graduates of such training programs believe that they have learned something about sexuality, when they haven't. They have learned something about addiction. And they are taught that they are competent to treat addiction in any form, whether its vehicle is alcohol, food, gambling, love or sex.
Most addictionologists admit they lack skills in differential diagnosis. They and their 12-step programs let anyone define him/herself as a "sex addict.