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.