Understanding Sex Addictionby baladmin | October 2, 2015
Maybe you’ve heard the statement, “Everyone is addicted to something.” Clinically, in order for something to be classified an addiction it has to impair day to day functioning. Meaning it negatively impacts a persons relationships, work, finances and health. Sex is one form of addiction that is gaining more exposure.
It is estimated that as many as 15 million people in the United States are sex addicts (that’s 8% of men and 3% of women). An anonymous survey of 75 self- identified sex addicts revealed that 39% were recovering from chemical dependency, and 32% had an eating disorder. People who struggle with addictions have brain chemistry that impairs their reward system. Outside stimulation like sex, alcohol, drugs, food, etc… releases more dopamine in their body than it does in others without this chemistry.
Sex addiction is also referenced as an intimacy disorder. It is characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts that create havoc in relationships and personal affairs. Some of these are:
- Compulsively searching for sex partners
- Fixation on an unattainable partner
- Compulsive masturbation
- Compulsive love relationships
- Compulsive sexuality in a relationship
- Compulsive phone sex, the use of escort services and computer pornography
The urgency of treating sex addiction is that it is a progressive disease. Like alcohol and drugs, as time goes by the addict needs more of the stimuli in order to satiate their craving. Sex is necessary for human survival. This is why sex addiction needs to be addressed as soon as possible or it will create havoc for the rest of a lifetime.