What is Sex Addiction?


Sex Addiction is a Disease

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Sex Addiction is a disease affecting men and women.

It’s a disease that affects the ability for a sex addict to make rational decisions in regards to their personal well-being and safety.

The addict will take harmful risks and engage in behaviors harmful to themselves and others.

The disease affects the person’s ability to stop and say no…It’s a disease that removes control from the individual to not engage in behaviors a normal person would never consider engaging in.

Would a “normal” healthy person ruin their: 

  • Marriage by having an affair? 
  • Health by having anonymous unprotected sex? 
  • Job by viewing porn at work? 
  • Freedom by engaging in sex with a minor with arrest as a consequence? 
  • Would a sane person risk their health, security and family by viewing pornography for hours and hours? 

The list goes on…a sane health person would just say no…The sex addict can’t say no and it out of control.

That’s the disease of Sex Addiction. 

Here are some definitions: 

The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” In other words, a sex addict will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviors despite facing potential health risks, financial problems, shattered relationships or even arrest. 

Sexual Recovery Institute defines sexual addiction as:  a persistent and escalating pattern or patterns of sexual behaviors acted out despite increasingly negative consequences to self or others.

Some out of control repetitive behaviors, which may reflect sexual addiction include:

  • Masturbation
  • Simultaneous or repeated sequential affairs
  • Pornography
  • Cyber sex, phone sex
  • Multiple anonymous partners
  • Unsafe sexual activity
  • Partner sexualization, objectification
  • Strip clubs and adult bookstores
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual aversion

For more information on what sex addiction is and how to recover from sex addiction click here

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