What is Sex Addiction?
addiction is a form of hypersexuality in which the individual is unable to
control sexual urges and behaviors. It is characterized by failure (despite the
addict’s efforts) to control or curtail sexual behavior even though it leads to
harmful consequences. Often, sex addiction interferes with daily life and eventually results in serious physical, social and
Sex addicts’ behavior is typically compulsive, concealed and obsessive. Rather than integrating sex into life and relationships, sex addicts use sex as a means of coping with stress, dealing with loneliness, handling boredom and feeling important or powerful. Like other forms of addiction, sex addiction leads addicts to develop tolerance to sexual behavior and experience withdrawal symptoms when they are not engaging in sexual activity. Some sex addicts also suffer from cybersex addiction, which involves compulsive cybersex, pornography viewing and other sex-related online behaviors.
Sex addiction manifests in a variety of risky, obsessive and maladaptive behaviors. Some of the most common include:
- Multiple affairs
- Multiple and/or anonymous sexual partners
- Compulsive masturbation
- Obsessive use of pornography
- Prostitution or use of prostitutes
- Unsafe sex
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual abuse