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Sex Addiction

Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Like all addictions, its negative impact on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder progresses. Over time, the addict usually has to intensify the addictive behavior to achieve the same results.

 

Sex Therapy is a specialized form of counseling for adults that focuses on sexual issues, most often for individuals in relationships (although you do not have to be in a relationship to seek sex therapy). Sex therapy is usually solution focused. Commonly it will focus on a sexual dysfunction or sexual communication problems between partners. It may also address sexual problems relating to infertility, sexual orientation questions and concerns and sexual problems resulting from sexual abuse or rape.

 

Most sex addicts live in denial of their addiction, and treating an addiction is dependent on the person accepting and admitting that he or she has a problem. In many cases, it takes a significant event -- such as the loss of a job, the break-up of a marriage, an arrest, or health crisis -- to force the addict to admit to his or her problem.

 

Treatment of sexual addiction focuses on controlling the addictive behavior and helping the person develop a healthy sexuality. Treatment includes education about healthy sexuality, individual counseling, and marital and/or family therapy.


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