Do you feel like you are out of control, living a double life, and at risk of losing important relationships? Do you suffer from ongoing, persistent thoughts of sex that lead to issues in your work-life, personal relationships, and financial well-being? If so, you may suffer from a sexual addiction.
WHAT IS SEXUAL ADDICTION?
The term “sexual addiction” is sometimes used to describe ongoing and increasing patterns of sexual behavior despite negative consequences to oneself and/or others. Sexual addiction can involve any number of behaviors, such as compulsive masturbation, engaging in high-risk sex, extensive use of pornography, or phone and cybersex. For some, sexual addiction can involve illegal activities such as hiring sex workers, exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, child molestation or even sexual assault. Constant thoughts about sex can take over an addict’s thinking, making it exceptionally difficult for them to mange their day to day lives, including work and personal relationships. Sexual addicts can often feel so obsessed with the sex, that they will continue engaging in their behavior despite facing potential health risks, financial problems, shattered relationships, or even arrest.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF SEXUAL ADDICTION?
Addicts typically use sexual activity to find pleasure, avoid unpleasant feelings or as a reaction to other stressors in their life, such as memories of childhood trauma, relationship issues, work difficulties, and feelings of loneliness, emptiness or depression. Because sexual addicts often have to hide their compulsive behaviors from friends, co-workers, and loved ones, they can suffer from pervasive feelings of guilt, shame and poor self-esteem. Addicts frequently experience broken relationships, divided families and problems at work, as well as financial and legal problems.
CAN I GET HELP FOR MY SEXUAL ADDICTION?
Yes! It is important for sex addicts to seek treatment. Treatment options can include individual therapy, support groups, or in-patient treatment centers. I offer confidential individual therapy in a warm and supportive environment. Together we can unlock the root causes of your addiction and work to establish balance in your life and relationships.