Sex Addiction

By Alex Mullen

What is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction is a progressive intimacy disorder where the person with this disorder constantly has sexual thoughts and in severe cases people compulsively act on these thoughts with little to no control of their actions.

History of Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction as a concept has only been around since 1981 when a book was written about it. At first few people accepted sex addiction as an actual addiction and the doctor who wrote the book came under a lot of criticism, but since then sex addiction has become more accepted as a legitimate addiction and this is shown in the various treatments for sex addiction that are available now which weren't around years ago.

How People become Sex Addicts?

Studies show that sexual addiction can be caused by the way the addicts brain works, in an addicts brain they get intense euphoria when they are do these sexual acts that goes beyond the average person's experience with the same sexual acts. A sex addict doesn't seek intimacy when they are engaged in sex they only seek pleasure or to avoid problems in their own lives. It is also shown that most sex addicts tend to have grown up in dysfunctional families in fact one study found 82% of sex addicts reported being sexually abused as a child.

Treatment of Sex Addiction

  • Sex addict rehab programs
  • Therapists
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous
  • cognitive behavioral therapy

Sexual Addiction Stats

  • More than 30 million people are thought to suffer from a sexual addiction in the United States alone.
  • About 71 percent of child molesters are sex addicts
  • According to Departmental Management of the USDA, about 38% of men and 45% of women with sex addictions have a venereal disease as a result of their behavior.
  • Pregnancy is also a common side effect that can occur due to risky behavior. In one survey, nearly 70% of women with sex addictions reported they’d experienced at least one unwanted pregnancy as a result of their addiction.

How Sexual Addiction affects the addict?

People with sexual addiction tend to have trouble establishing a intimate relationship with one person, they would also be more likely to get an STD because of their excessive sexual exploits, divorce if already married, constant sexual thoughts, poor decision making, unwanted pregnancy, behavior can damage the addict psychologically and cause psychological disorders like anxiety, depression, and others, and can impact the addict's daily life dramatically.