What is Sexual Addiction?

Sexual addiction is the lack of control of some sexual behavior or relationship, having a negative impact on one's life. Sex and the thought of sex tend to dominate the sex addict's thinking, making it difficult to work or engage in healthy personal relationships.

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Sex addicts often:

  • Engage in compulsive behavior (continuing in behavior even after repeated attempts to stop)
  • Rationalize behavior
  • Preoccupy and obsess with sex
  • Deny a problem exists and make excuses for actions
  • Engage in risk-taking despite negative consequences
  • Develop tolerance (behavior escalates or more is required to achieve same pleasurable sensation)
  • Form little to no emotional bond with sexual partners
  • Feel guilt or shame for behavior
  • For some people, sexual addiction leads to illegal activities such as exposing self in public and making obscene phone calls.

Behaviors associated with sexual addiction include:

  • Masturbation (self-stimulation)
  • Use of pornography
  • Multiple affairs (extra-marital affairs)
  • Multiple or anonymous sexual partners and/or one-night stands
  • Unsafe sex
  • Phone or computer sex (cybersex)
  • Prostitution or use of prostitutes
  • Exhibitionism
  • Stalking or Voyeurism
  • Sexual harassment
  • Molestation or rape

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If you are an individual or involved in a relationship with someone struggling with some form of sexual addiction, LIFE Counseling can help. Learn how to become better equipped for the battle of addiction and develop a healthy view of sex. If we are not a perfect fit, our goal is to connect you with a form of treatment that best fits your needs. To set up an appointment today or request more information, click here.