Sexual Addiction


Sexual addiction is defined by excessive and/or compulsive sexual urges or behaviours.

The symptoms of sex addiction are described as:

  • Compulsive searching for many partners
  • Compulsive fixation on an unavailable partner
  • Compulsive / excessive masturbation
  • Compulsive love relationships
  • Compulsive sexuality in a relationship

Excessive behaviours of Sex Addiction may include:

  • Masturbation
  • Repeated affairs
  • Pornography
  • Chat rooms
  • Many unknown partners
  • Unsafe sex
  • Sexualisation, objectification of partner
  • Strip clubs
  • Sexual aversion
  • Prostitution

Many recovering sex addicts admit that their unhealthy acting out sexually and how they used sex had become progressive over time. It may have started with excessive masturbation, porn, or relationships, yet, progressing to deep or dangerous behaviours.

Consequences of Sexual Addiction

The essence of sexual and all other addictions is the individual’s experience of the feelings of powerlessness of their compulsive and obsessive behaviour, resulting unmanageability within their lives. Complete loss of control is experienced and this results in having deal with feelings of, pain and self-loathing. Then they feel complete shame and guilt. The sex addict has repeatedly attempted to stop — often to no avail. Still progressively deteriorating and this often leads to the unmanageability of sex addicts’ lives can become the major consequences of this addiction which deeply affects their lives in a negative way:

  • Ruining relationships
  • Problems at work
  • Arrests and convictions due to behaviour
  • Financial problems
  • A loss of interest in life areas that do not involve sex



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