Sex addiction affects individuals throughout the world. As with other forms of addiction, the addict’s family members are impacted by this disease as well. That leads to the first question…
What is Sex Addiction
The exact definition of sexual addiction is subject to debate. According to WebMD, it is “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 Addiction” is an umbrella term which includes a variety of damaging behaviors. Some examples are: excessive masturbation, multiple affairs, obsession with pornography, risky sexual behaviors such as unsafe sex, exhibitionism and other inappropriate or damaging behaviors.
Just like the term “alcoholic” is used to describe anyone who abuses alcohol, regardless of whether it is beer, wine, or whiskey, the term “sex addict” refers to a wide range of sexual activities which have become problematic.
Am I Addicted to Sex?
Just because a person engages in inappropriate sexual relationships does not mean they are a sex addict. Dr. Mark Schwartz shared some warnings signs:
- Having a preoccupation with sex that interferes with a normal sexual relationship with one’s spouse or lover.
- Feeling compelled to have sexual relations again and again within a short period of time.
- A compulsion to engage in sexual behavior that leaves one feeling anxious and depressed or guilty and ashamed.
- Taking large amounts of time from family or work to engage in sex or look for sexual adventure.
- Being driven to sex as a means to hide from the troubles in one’s life.
Often times sex addicts find themselves “living a double life” — they are trapped by a complicated web of secrets and lies they have told in order to maintain their sexual activities.
Men and women who are concerned about sex addiction should take the Sexual Addiction Screening Test.
At Foundation Therapy Services we provide a range of services to deal with the challenges of sex and porn addiction, possible related trauma, and/or sexual abuse.
Sex and porn addiction recovery require specific interventions in either individual or group counselling sessions with the development of a treatment plan that assist the addict in altering long standing destructive patterns and engage positive sexual health.
Individual counselling is encouraged to identify and understand underlying issues resulting from past trauma or sexual abuse. The goal is to assist clients in healing from the painful effects of sexual abuse and gain greater fulfillment in life.