Sex addiction stems from underlying problems, and just as with alcoholism and drug abuse, can wreak havok on relationships. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding sex addiction may mean that far too many men and women go without treatment. They may try to hide their behaviors from their loved ones, and despite feeling immense shame, they have trouble controlling their urges. If you or a loved one is struggling with sex addiction, it’s important to know that there is help available for both of you. All you need to do is take the first step toward getting addiction help . We can help you at one of our two locations: Long Beach and West Los Angeles.
Understanding Sex Addiction
Sex addiction is much like other types of addictions in that the addiction isn’t about sexual intercourse. Similarly, an eating disorder isn’t caused by food and a cocaine addiction isn’t caused by cocaine use. All addictions are a symptom of a problem. This problem could be different for every patient. Some may develop sex addictions because of a traumatic childhood, for instance. For others, sex addiction may have roots in anxiety, depression, mismanaged anger, and fear of intimacy.
Identifying Common Signs and Consequences
There are many possible indicators that someone is struggling with this type of addiction. They include excessive viewing of pornography, compulsive masturbation, cybersex, phone sex, and unsafe sexual activity. Sex addicts are more likely to have affairs, patronize strip clubs and adult bookstores, and have multiple anonymous partners. Sometimes, sex addicts must experience significant, adverse consequences of their behavior before they understand the need to change. These consequences might include job loss, divorce, and family estrangement.
Working Toward a Life in Recovery
Recovering from any sort of addiction is never easy. However, recovering sex addicts will find the support system they need at an addiction treatment center. Addicts may discover that a holistic approach to recovery can be very effective. This might include individual and group therapy, along with couple counseling and intensive workshops. Since sex addiction affects both partners in a relationship, it’s highly advisable for the non-addicted partner to actively participate in counseling.