Sciacca is also the hometown of the Mediterranean Scene.Starting near the turn of the 20th century, a number of residents of the Sciacca area emigrated to the North End of Boston, Mass., where, starting in 1910, around August 15, their descendants, especially those from fishing families, have celebrated the Festival of the Madonna del Soccorso .
“In order to soothe the loneliness and the fear of being unwanted, I was looking for love in all the wrong places,” she recalls.After a decade of carrying on this way, Valerie hit rock bottom.Facing her second divorce as well as the end of an affair, she grew despondent and attempted to take her life by overdosing on prescription medication.Awakening in the ICU, she at last understood what she had become: a sex addict. by the Greeks, as its name imports, as a thermal spa for Selinunte, whose citizens came there to bathe in the sulphurous springs of Mount San Calogero, which rises up behind the town.
Nor even under the Romans did the place attain to anything like the same importance with the northern Thermae; and there is little doubt that Pliny is mistaken in assigning the rank of a colonia to the southern instead of the northern town of the name.
And it’s affecting an increasing number of Americans, say psychiatrists and addiction experts.
“It’s a national epidemic,” says Steven Luff, coauthor of Pure Eyes: A Man’s Guide to Sexual Integrity and leader of the X3LA sexual-addiction recovery groups in Hollywood.
The municipality borders Caltabellotta, Menfi, Ribera and Sambuca di Sicilia.
Sciacca still retains much of its medieval layout, which divided the town into quarters, each laid out on a strip of rock descending toward the sea.
Reliable figures for the number of diagnosed sex addicts are difficult to come by, but the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, an education and sex-addiction treatment organization, estimates that between 3 and 5 percent of the U. population—or more than 9 million people—could meet the criteria for addiction.