Understanding Sex Addiction
If you’re a sex addict, you’re dealing with an escalating, obsessive preoccupation with sexual fantasy and behaviors. As a result, you’ve damaged your romantic relationships, career, education, friendships, finances, and other life priorities. Most likely, you use the intensity of sexual fantasy and behaviors to escape (to avoid feeling) emotional discomfort – stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression, shame, boredom, and the like.
What Sex Addiction Looks Like
Sex addicts spend hours, sometimes even days in an emotionally elevated state of sexual fantasy and pursuit. This state is sometimes referred to as the bubble or the trance. It is this, rather than actually engaging in sex, that provides the escapist ‘high’ of sex addiction. In fact, being sexual to the point of orgasm actually ends the high, pushing the addict back into the stress, anxiety, and other forms of emotional discomfort that triggered the addiction in the first place.
- Are you obsessively preoccupied with sex?
- Have you tried and failed to cut back or quit your involvement with porn, hookup apps, strip clubs, prostitution, affairs, and similar behaviors?
- Are you experiencing negative consequences related to your out-of-control sex life?
Sex addicts typically feel a tremendous amount of shame about their sex life. As such, they keep most of their sexual behaviors secret, even from the people who matter most in their life. They keep their sexual activity compartmentalized in this way to hide it and protect it, and to stop themselves from drowning in shame. This is exhausting and depressing, and it leads to social and emotional isolation, diminished self-esteem, and numerous other psychological and emotional issues.
Sex Addiction is Diagnosable and Treatable
Sex addiction is formally defined by the World Health Organization in the International Classification of Diseases (the ICD-11) as Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder. Individuals with this issue require expert evaluation and treatment, such as that provided by Seeking Integrity. Our basic program lasts two weeks, extendable to three or four weeks depending on client needs. If you think you or a loved one may be struggling with sexual addiction, we suggest you take this anonymous 25-question sex and porn addiction screening test.
Sex addiction is a puzzle that no one solves without support, direction, and accountability. So please, if you are struggling with sexual addiction, let us help you. For information about residential treatment and weekend workshops, you can contact us via email or you can phone us at . (747) 234-HEAL (4325)