Harvey Weinstein is reportedly heading to $37,000-per-month sex addiction rehab — here's what it entails

Harvey Weinstein is reportedly getting out of Hollywood and going to a swanky sex addiction treatment center, according to TMZ.

Several recent reports from The New York Times and The New Yorker told the stories of women who have accused Weinstein of harassing, groping, and raping them — a pattern of behavior that seems to have spanned decades. The powerful film executive's decision to seek treatment came days after those allegations led the Weinstein Company to fire him, and just as his wife, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman, announced she was leaving him.

Although Weinstein seems headed for in-patient rehab, it's not clear whether he has ever received an official diagnosis or sought help in the past.

It's also unknown exactly what kind of treatment he will receive, or where — TMZ initially reported that Weinstein was bound for an elite Swiss facility, but some reports now suggest he might be checking in at The Meadows treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona.

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Lupita Nyong'o wrote a detailed essay for the New York Times recounting multiple incidents with Weinstein, including an evening during which he asked her to give him a nude massage while his family was in the same home.

Heather Graham said Weinstein told her he had an agreement with his wife that allowed him to sleep with whomever he wants. He then asked him to meet her to discuss a film project at his hotel, falsely telling her that her friend would also be present. She declined.

French actress Judith Godreche has accused Weinstein of inappropriately pressing up against her, trying to remove her sweater and asking for a massage.

Lauren Holly said that during a seemingly normal meeting with Weinstein to discuss a project, he began disrobing, got into the shower, and went to the bathroom while continuing to converse with her. He then allegedly asked her for a massage. She fled. 
Angie Everhart said that she was sleeping in her own cabin on a yacht when Harvey Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating. He told her not to tell anyone, but she "told everyone," including many actors and producers. In response, most told her that it was just Harvey being Harvey. In an interview with TMZ, she emphasized that anyone in the industry who knew Harvey at all knew that he regularly did things like what he allegedly did to her.
Kate Beckinsale has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in his hotel room when she was 17 years old.
Tara Subkoff said that in the 1990s, on the same day that she was offered a major movie role, she met Harvey Weinstein at a party. He allegedly made her sit on his lap while he had an erection. He then told her that if he did not do certain sexual things, she would not get the role that she'd already been offered. She declined. Afterward, she said, her "reputation was ruined by false gossip" and she found it near impossible to book roles.
Minka Kelly said that Harvey Weinstein offered her a lavish lifestyle in exchange for being his extramarital girlfriend. She declined.
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage in his hotel suite. After she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, Pitt confronted him, leading Weinstein to contact Paltrow and "scream" at her, she said.
Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of raping her in his hotel room when she was 21. She first reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her. During subsequent encounters, she had consensual sexual relations with him due to fear that he would otherwise ruin her career.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In October 2016, she tweeted reference to a studio head raping her. In October 2017, in a tweet to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan referred to Weinstein by name while repeating her rape accusation. The alleged incident took place in the 1990s and resulted in a financial settlement.
Cara Delevingne has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempting to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room. She had just begun her acting career and believed they were meeting just to finalize talks for a film role.
Angelina Jolie said she had a "bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" and refused to work with him subsequently.
Jessica Barth has accused Harvey Weinstein of demanding that she get naked and give him a massage.
Emma de Caunes has accused Harvey Weinstein of unexpectedly getting naked and demanding that she lie down as other women had supposedly done before her.
Lauren Sivan has accused Harvey Weinstein of cornering her in a public space and masturbating to completion in front of her.
Mira Sorvino, seen here at a Weinstein Co. event in January 2017, said that after refusing Harvey Weinstein's advances, he dissuaded others in the industry from hiring her.
Ambra Battilana has accused Harvey Weinstein of groping her breasts and reaching under her skirt. She went to the NYPD and then conducted a sting operation, the audio of which was published by the New Yorker. In the audio, Weinstein can be heard attempting to coerce her to enter his hotel room.
Louisette Geiss has accused Harvey Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room after assuring her he wouldn't hit on her. He then disrobed and repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, telling her he would produce her screenplay if she did.
Emily Nestor (far right), a former Weinstein Co. employee, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Rosanna Arquette has accused Harvey Weinstein of dissuading others from hiring her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also accused others in the industry of knowing of Weinstein's misconduct and either actively or passively hiding it.
Ashley Judd has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of asking her for a massage and then asking her to watch him shower.
Florence Darel has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in a hotel suite in 1996 while his wife was in the room next door.
Zoe Brock (left, in 2004) has accused Weinstein of getting naked and chasing her around a hotel room after she refused to give him a massage.
Katherine Kendall (right, in 2006) has accused Harvey Weinstein of disrobing and asking for a massage in his apartment after a movie screening, telling her that "everybody does it." He then asked her to at least show him her breasts, which she refused.
Romola Garai has accused Harvey Weinstein of making her feel "violated" when he watched her audition wearing only a bathrobe in his hotel room.
Lea Seydoux has accused Harvey Weinstein of forcibly trying to kiss her on the lips in 2012.
Claire Forlani said she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein on five occasions. He allegedly told her about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had in turn established their careers. He also attempted to get her to give him a massage.
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Sex addiction treatment at the Meadows costs more than $37,000 a month, according to some online reviews. (The facility looks a bit like a desert spa, horses included.) It's billed as 'the nation's premier inpatient treatment for sex addiction' and offers a 45-day "gentle path" sex treatment program that can host up to 28 men in 24-hour monitored care.

Most inpatient sex addiction programs follow 12-step recovery models similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, with a mix of group sessions and one-on-one therapy. Some programs also prescribe patients antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or anti-androgen drugs, which reduce sexual urges. 

The Meadows' website says: "Men are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, including grief and loss; heal from emotional trauma; and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery."

However, experts are still debating whether ‘sex addiction’ has a place among other chronic dependencies like gambling or drinking. According to the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, there's not “sufficient empirical evidence to support the classification of sex addiction or porn addiction as a mental health disorder.” And ‘sexual addiction’ is not in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the go-to guide for American psychiatrists.

Psychologist Michael Bader has called sex addiction an excuse — he wrote in Psychology Today that the diagnosis is just a “gloss for bad behavior”. And many sex addiction therapists caution that not everyone who seeks treatment for sex addiction really needs help, since there are plenty who are merely looking for a way to justify past actions. Research by French psychiatrist Laurent Karila, on the other hand, has suggested that between 3 and 6% of the population suffers from sex addictions.

Celebrity Russell Brand described his sex addiction treatment in his memoir, saying he attended meetings every morning and afternoon in which the group would “go round the room” introducing themselves, then talk about how their everyday existence had become sexualized.

These aren't really wrongdoings as we would normally understand them,” Brand wrote in an excerpt of his memoir that ran in The Guardian, “more everyday actions that have developed a sexual component: ‘I had an erotic thought’; ‘I experienced eroticized rage’; or ‘I did some eroticized humor.’”

Professionals who work at treatment centers say month-long regimens are simply a starting point, and there's no cure-all. Bob Poznanovich, executive director of community outreach at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Addiction Treatment Centers, does not treat sex addicts, but estimates that around 45% of all patients in any addiction treatment program suffer setbacks after the inpatient portion ends. Rehab for drug addiction is successful roughly half the time, according to the National Institutes of Health.

“People do relapse and that’s part of the disease,” he told Business Insider, adding that time, support, and a patient's own belief that they can succeed all help in their recovery process.

As Weinstein wrote in a statement to the New York Times, "my journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons."

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