The term "sexual addiction" is used to describe the behavior of a person who has an unusually intense sex drive or an obsession with sex. 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.
Sex addicts engage in distorted thinking, often rationalizing and justifying their behavior and blaming others for problems. They generally deny they have a problem and make excuses for their actions.
It is thought that sex is used by the addict as an escape, a means of avoiding stress, emotional strain, boredom, anxiety, and the pursuant shame and isolation that results from their compulsive behavior. Sex may be used to feel powerful or desirable. The addict displays increasingly secretive behavior, deception, and withdrawal from those closest to him.
"Sexual addiction" is as much of a problem as a "chemical substance addiction". "Sexual addiction" often coexists with chemical dependency and if untreated contributes to chemical abuse relapse.
"Sexual addiction" is also associated with "risk-taking". A person with a sex addiction engages in various forms of sexual activity, despite the potential for negative and/or dangerous consequences. In addition to damaging the addict's relationships and interfering with his or her work and social life, sexual addiction also puts the person at risk for emotional and physical injury. For some people, the sex addiction progresses to involve illegal activities, such as exhibitionism (exposing oneself in public), making obscene phone calls, buying sex, or molestation. However, it should be noted that sex addicts do not necessarily become sex offenders.
For many people sexual addiction has its roots in a family history of sexual abuse and addiction.
Are you addicted to Sex?
Like most addicts, sex addicts are often in denial.
Answer the following questions, to determine if you are Addicted.
|Do you masturbate?||YES NO|
|Have you had a extra marital affair?||YES NO|
|Do you have more then one partner?||YES NO|
|Do you have one night stands, or anonymous sex partners?||YES NO|
|Have you been accused of sexual harassment?||YES NO|
|Do you specifically look for shows which will show nudity?||YES NO|
|Do you practice unsafe sex?||YES NO|
|Have you gone to prostitutes, escort services, exotic body rub businesses?||YES NO|
|Do you enjoy watching others have sex?||YES NO|
|Do you constantly look at pornography?||YES NO|
|Are you a exhibitionist?||YES NO|
|Have you ever molested or raped someone? Sex without consent.||YES NO|
|Have you had sex with someone who is underage?||YES NO|
|Will you go to great extremes for sex?||YES NO|
If you have answered yes to more then 2 of the above you have a problem and need help, before you and others are hurt.
Sex addiction, leads to destruction of self, family, jobs, and relationships. Without receiving help, one will continue to increase in their addictive behavior, which causes them to go to more extreme measures to full fill their addiction. It leads to ruined marriages and separated families,. You feel isolated and will pursue your addiction for a false relief. Your performance at work may begin to deteriorate, and you may sexually abuse a co-worker, which can result in loss of job, and jail time. You endanger yourself and partners through multiple sexual exposure, putting everyone at the risk for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Sexual addicts experience psychological distress, depression, loss of livelihood, and often become suicidal. You put your addiction ahead of your loved ones.
Sexual addiction is the driving force behind human sex trafficking, which imprisons millions of individuals in a life that is not in their own control, having become a slave to man. Most human trafficking occurs with children, and is one of the reasons for children going missing everyday. If you have used a business which sells sex you are promoting sexual slavery, and contributing to a growing problem. For more information on human trafficking, please visit the following links.