Behavioral Addiction

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Sex and Porn Addiction

What Is Sex Addiction?

The medical community is still not sure how to look at sex addiction. But with regard to one thing, there’s a general consensus: it’s a serious and difficult problem for those who suffer from it.

Often referred to as hypersexuality disorder, sex addiction is really a struggle with compulsive behavior. In many ways, it’s similar to compulsive gambling, eating, or video gaming. In other words, it’s not really about the sex.

In fact, research suggests that sex addiction has more to do with the brain and the way it processes feelings of reward and reinforcement that come from sex—feelings that leave some people unsatisfied, no matter how often they seek them out.

It’s Not Just Sex

Pop culture contains many images of sex addiction, including the person that engages in promiscuous activity and has sex with multiple partners. But sex addiction has many different faces.

For example, some living with hypersexuality disorder will hire prostitutes compulsively, even though it’s illegal and represents a serious risk. Others might find themselves compulsively watching porn and/or masturbating. If you think you or a loved one might be suffering from problems related to sex addiction, it’s important to understand that this disorder is about more than just promiscuous sex.

Am I A Sex Addict? How to Recognize A Problem

How can you really tell if you or your loved one is struggling with sex addiction or hypersexuality disorder? Though it’s never easy, there’s one way of looking at it that’s relatively simple: if you’re compulsively driven to sexual activities, such as having sex, watching porn, or masturbating, and find yourself engaging in these activities often enough, or in a manner compromises important parts of your life (such as relationships and health), then it’s likely that you have a problem. For example, if you’ve been caught searching for porn at work, or soliciting sex outside of your marriage, and suffered consequences as a result, it’s probably time to examine your behaviors and their causes.

Underlying Causes

Sex addiction doesn’t appear out of nowhere. On the contrary, much like other forms of addiction, it has deeply rooted causes. These can be anything from normal everyday stress to anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues.

In order to move beyond your addiction, it’s essential that you identify the causes of your compulsive behavior. In many cases, counseling and medication can help. And there are important reasons to work towards recovery that go beyond shame and embarrassment: compulsive sexual behaviors can lead to ruined relationships, lost jobs, and sexually transmitted disease.

The Pathway to Recovery

If you or your loved one is suffering from compulsive sexual behaviors, such as sex addiction, porn addiction, or related problems, don’t despair. Help is available, and the first step toward recovery is accepting that you have a problem.

Reach Out Today

It’s very common for people struggling with hypersexuality disorder to deny that the problem is real. If you believe that you or your loved one needs help, you can begin by giving us a call today.

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