Addicted to over the Phone Sex Services

Category : Sex Addiction Information

Addicted to over the Phone Sex ServicesSexual behavior can easily become addictive. It involves chemical signals and emotional responses connected to feelings of well-being, confidence and personal strength. Like gambling, shopping, stealing or self-injury sexual activity can become problematic. Modern technology allows people easier access to sexually explicit materials than could have been imagined a generation ago. Many people have become addicted to over-the-phone sex services and internet-based sex sites. If left untreated sex addiction can lead to broken relationships, financial ruin, substance abuse, depression and even suicide.

Understanding the Cause of Sex Addiction

The brain manages a wide range of behavior through chemical signals in the brain. Sexual response is one of the most powerful triggers of various feel-good chemicals in this system. When functioning properly this system creates relational bonding, personal comfort and relaxation and boosts self-confidence. For some it leads to a powerful psychological need for sex that can be every bit as strong as an alcoholic’s need for a drink.

The Progression of Sex Addiction

As with chemical dependency sex addiction is often progressive. The brain develops a tolerance for the boosts of endorphins released during sexual activity, and the addict needs to intensify the effects over time. What starts as masturbation and the use of pornography escalates to human contact in the form of phone sex lines or internet-based interactive sex services. If left untreated the disease will often continue to intensify often resulting in reckless sexual behavior that may include the following:

  • Hiring prostitutes
  • Reckless sexual activity with strangers
  • Substance abuse during sexual activities to intensify response
  • Sexual aggression or predation
  • Dangerous sexual behavior such as autoerotic asphyxiation or burning/cutting

Relationships are destroyed along with trust and self-respect, and the sex addict is left alone, depressed and miserable. It is not uncommon for this behavior to lead to substance abuse, as the addict attempts to self-medicate pain and frustration.

Treatment for Phone Sex Addiction

Phone sex addiction can be effectively treated with the same techniques used to treat other behavioral addictions and chemical dependency. Successful recovery requires rehabilitation of the mind from the psychological effects of the disease. This will be extremely difficult or impossible to achieve without experienced professional help. Neural pathways in the brain are chemically rewired by sex addiction and must be reprogrammed through therapeutic techniques such as the following:

  • Removal from access to phone sex services (detox)
  • Education about the causes of sex addiction
  • Personal counseling
  • Support group meetings
  • Diagnosis and treatment of any co-occurring or underlying psychological disorders

Get Professional Help for Sex Addiction

If you are ready to end your sex addiction, please call our toll-free helpline. We are always available to answer your questions about sex addiction, treatment and recovery. This disease will not cure itself. The call is free and confidential, so please call now.