It is estimated that 9 million people are addicted to sex. Sexual addiction affects both men and women and can have the same devastating effect on jobs and personal relationships as alcohol or drug addiction.
What is Sexual Addiction?
A sexual addiction is like any other type of addiction including drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Sex addiction is the compulsion to engage in sexual activity (whether alone or with a partner) to exclusion of all other everyday activities.
What Causes Sex Addiction?
According to experts, primary causes of sex addiction can be traced back to childhood. Most sex addicts say their parents were rigid, controlling, and did not easily give affection. Sex addicts commonly come from dysfunctional or abusive households.
This is thought to cause a chemical imbalance in the brain that leaves the individual predisposed to addictive behavior. In a person with any type of addiction, the brain fools the body into producing gratifying chemical rewards for self-destructive behavior.
5 Signs of Sexual Addiction
Does your behavior indicate sex addiction? Look at these signs of sexual addition to see if they apply to you.
- You Masturbate to Excess
Just about every guy masturbates a few times a week. However, if you’re masturbating every single day, several times a day, you’re masturbating to excess. Not only is excessive masturbation a sign of sexual addiction, it can also cause erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and even infertility.
- You Regularly Seek Out Sexually-Explicit Material
Again, we’re talking excess here. Not every man who has bought a copy of Playboy or watched a porno movie at 3 o’clock in the morning is a sex addict. But if you find that your interest in sexually-explicit material interferes with your daily life (work, chores, interacting with your family, etc.), this is a sign of sexual addiction.
- You Must Have Constant Sexual Variety
There’s nothing wrong with spicing things up in the bedroom when you’re in a long-term committed relationship. However, if you find you cannot enjoy sex without a different scenario, sex toy or movie involved each night, you might be a sex addict. This is especially true if your partner cannot and doesn’t want to keep up with you. Also, sex addicts often look outside their committed relationship to fulfill more explicit desires their partners are not comfortable fulfilling.
- You’ve Been in Trouble with the Law
Since sexual addicts often turn to prostitutes to fulfill their excessive sexual needs, it significantly raises the possibility they’ll be arrested. Oftentimes, men you never would have suspected of having a sexual addiction are arrested for soliciting a prostitute.
- You’ve Engaged in Multiple Affairs
If you don’t turn to prostitutes, you may get involved with multiple partners outside your committed relationship. Even if you aren’t in a committed relationship, you may engage in risqué sexual behavior with complete strangers.
Getting Help for Sex Addiction
It is possible to get help for sex addiction. The most common treatments for sex addiction are individual or family counseling, support groups, psychiatric medication to curb obsessive-compulsive behavior, and Sex Addicts Anonymous.
No matter how long you’ve been struggling with sex addiction, there is always hope. Getting the help you need for sexual addiction isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. Reach out and get help the help you need today.