What is sex addiction? #1 Sexual Taboo Revealed

Posted on August 20, 2013. Filed under: Addiction, Relationship, Sex Addiction | Tags: , |

What is Sex Addiction?

What is Sex Addiction?

Currently I am on an airplane going from my prior home in Milan, Italy on my way to my new home in sunny California, I am writing you today’s top secret edition of True Potential TV.

Have you ever been humiliated, rejected or embarrassed?  Do you fear others judgment or criticism?  Unless you are an alien from outer space, you and most earthlings have these universal raw spots and sensitivities.

And if you or your partner are coping with delicate sexual issues or taboo sexual behaviors you may either keep it secret, hidden or pretend these issues don’t really exist.

In today’s True Potential TV episode, I am uncovering one of the most unspoken, yet addicting sexual taboos around.  Curious?

After working with couples around the globe, I have come across a sexual epidemic impacting many couples all over the world.  This sexual epidemic is known as sex addiction.

As this is a very private topic, which typically doesn’t come up in casual dinner conversation, I am peeling the kimono back (Bata Bing, Bata boom) so you too can discover the honest truth about the biology, criteria, patterns, and habits of someone who is sexually acting out or dealing with sexual impulsive behaviors.

You will definitely not want to MISS this sexual rendezvous of discovery.

Excerpts from video blog:

What Is Sex Addiction?  Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Like all addictions, it negatively impacts the addict and the family members as the disorder progresses and the addictive behaviors intensify.

The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as:

  • engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.
  • For example, someone with a sex addict will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviors despite facing financial problems, shattered relationships, potential health risks, or even arrest.

Symptoms of Addiction

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders, the symptoms of sex addiction are:

  • distress about a pattern of repeated sexual relationships involving a succession of lovers who are experienced by the individual only as things to be used.
  • compulsive searching for multiple partners
  • compulsive fixation on an unattainable partner
  • compulsive masturbation, compulsive love relationships and/or compulsive sexuality in a relationship.
  • extensive use of pornography, phone sex, cyber sex or other illegal activities like sex with a prostitute or fellow sex addicts.
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What is Sex Addiction?

Posted on July 15, 2012. Filed under: Addiction, Lifestyle, Men, Relationship, Women | Tags: , , , , , , |

Recognizing that you may have an addiction can be scary: You want to know what to do, but you’re afraid to learn any more about yourself. You want to talk to someone about your problem, but you’re afraid to trust anyone.  This blog post is a starting point to explore what sex addiction is, what are the causes and a quiz to assess your level of addiction.

What Is Sex Addiction?  Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Like all addictions, it negatively impacts the addict and the family members as the disorder progresses and the addictive behaviors intensify.  To learn about the 5 Tips to Changing Impulsive Behavior click on the link provided.

The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” For example, someone with a sex addict will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviors despite facing financial problems, shattered relationships, potential health risks, or even arrest.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders, Volume Four describes sex addiction, under the category “Sexual Disorders Not Otherwise Specified,” as “distress about a pattern of repeated sexual relationships involving a succession of lovers who are experienced by the individual only as things to be used.” According to the manual, sex addiction also involves “compulsive searching for multiple partners, compulsive fixation on an unattainable partner, compulsive masturbation, compulsive love relationships and compulsive sexuality in a relationship.”

For some sex addicts, behavior does not progress beyond compulsive masturbation or the extensive use of pornography or phone or computer sex services. For others, addiction can involve illegal activities such as exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, child molestation or rape.

What Causes Sex Addiction?

Why some people, and not others, develop an addiction to sex is not fully understood. Since antidepressants and other psychotropic medications have proven effective in treating some people with sex addiction, some suggest that  biochemical abnormality or other brain changes increase risk.

Other studies indicate that food, drug abuse and sexual interests share a common pathway within our brains’ survival and reward systems; which thus short circuit the are of the brain responsible for our higher thinking, rational thought and judgment.  For example, the brain tells the sex addict that having illicit sex is good the same way it tells others that food is good when they are hungry. As a result of these brain changes, the sex addict becomes preoccupied with sex, participates in compulsive sexual behavior despite negative consequences and fails at attempting to limit or terminate sexual behavior.  This biochemical model helps explain why competent, intelligent, goal-directed people can be so easily sidetracked by drugs and sex.

People addicted to sex get a sense of euphoria and use sexual activity to seek pleasure, avoid unpleasant feelings or respond to outside stressors. This is not unlike how an alcoholic uses alcohol. In both instances, any reward gained from the experience soon gives way to guilt, remorse and promises to change.

Research also has found that sex addicts often come from dysfunctional families and are more likely than non-sex addicts to have been abused. One study found that 82 percent of sex addicts reported being sexually abused as children. Sex addicts often describe their parents as rigid, distant and uncaring. These families, including the addicts themselves, are more likely to be substance abusers. One study found that 80 percent of recovering sex addicts report some type of addiction in their families of origin.

Sex Addiction Quiz: The Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST) is designed to assist in the assessment of sexually compulsive behavior which may indicate the presence of sex addiction. Developed in cooperation with hospitals, treatment programs, private therapists, and community groups, the SAST provides a profile of responses which help to discriminate between addictive and non-addictive behavior.  We strongly urge that diagnosis and treatment be done with a trained professional. This assessment is designed to help you decide whether you should seek further help.

For more information on how you can begin your recovery process, please contact True Potential Counseling today.

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