Sexual addiction describes the behavior of an individual who suffers from an unusually intense sex drive or obsession with sexual thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that affect their health, job, relationships, and other aspects of his/her life. Generally, a person with sexual addiction does not derive pleasure or satisfaction from sexual activity and fails to form emotional bonds with his or her sexual partner, even if the person is married or in a committed relationship. Compulsive sexual behavior often occurs in people who have alcohol or drug abuse problems, a mental health disorder, and/or a history of personal or sexual abuse.
Behaviors associated with sexual addiction range from compulsive masturbation and extensive use of pornography to extramarital affairs, prostitution, and phone or computer sex services. While sexual addiction can lead some people to engage in illegal activities, such as exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, child molestation or rape, it should be noted that sex addicts do not usually become sex offenders.
Compulsive sexual behavior may involve a normal sexual experience that becomes an addiction or it may involve activities outside the bounds of legally, culturally, or morally accepted sexual behavior. Regardless of what it’s called or the nature of the behavior, sexual addiction, if left untreated, can seriously harm your self-esteem, relationships, and career.
Sexual addiction is often associated with risk-taking. Those with sexual addiction engage in risky form of sexual behavior despite the potential for negative and/or serious consequences (financial, health, social, and emotional). The addict’s behaviors may risk damaging their relationships, interfering with their work and social life, or giving someone else a sexual transmitted infection. If you or a loved one feels like they have lost control of their sexual behavior, consider seeking a skilled and experienced professional for sexual addiction treatment.
Sexual Addiction at A Center for Addiction Recovery
As a leading addiction treatment center and a mental health service provider, A Center for Addiction Recovery is well versed in the healing of sex and porn addiction. Certified sex therapists within our clinical staff have extensive knowledge and experience in the treatment of such an overbearing addiction, and are well-trained to understand the sensitivity of such a disease--both physically and psychologically. When constructing a treatment program for a new client, sex addiction specialists take a full consideration of the clients past experiences, including: sexual abuse and trauma, family/cultural backgrounds, as well as the client's perception of his or her sexual activity (whether it's shame, guilt, or anger). Our sex addiction treatment plans are offered in two different forms: inpatient and outpatient. We often suggest our clients to attend residential treatment so that they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of complimentary therapies essential to a successful recovery.
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