Alcohol, Sex Addiction and Lowered Sexual Inhibitions

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Alcohol, Sex Addiction and Lowered Sexual InhibitionsAlcohol is often a significant factor in sexually inappropriate or criminal behavior. Alcohol lowers sexual inhibitions and impairs judgment. Chronic, heavy use of alcohol may result in a perpetually impaired state in which the person does not think or act rationally but responds primarily to impulses and compulsions.

Is Sex Addiction Real?

The subject of sex addiction is controversial. Some addiction experts think that there must be a physical dependency involved to qualify as addiction, while others point to brain scans showing similar patterns in drug addicts and those who are addicted to behaviors such as gambling or sex. The concept of sex addiction is subjective and covers a wide area. It is difficult to draw the line between normal sexual behavior and unhealthy sexual compulsions. One definition of addiction that may be useful is, “Addiction is any behavior that is engaged in repeatedly or compulsively despite negative consequences.” According to this definition illegal sexual behaviors such as compulsive public exposure or patronizing prostitutes would qualify as addiction. The most useful approach is to consider each individual case on its own merits and to determine a sex addiction based on the extent of damage being done to the person’s life or the lives of those around him or her.

Alcoholism and Sex Addiction as Co-Occurring Disorders

Alcohol impairs judgment and lowers sexual inhibitions, allowing people to do things they would not normally do if sober. Alcoholism creates problems in a person’s personal life which may in turn induce him or her to act out in inappropriate ways sexually. Conversely, sex addiction may cause emotional struggles, prompting the person to numb emotions with alcohol. Alcoholism and sex addiction may both be manifestations of deeper underlying issues such as childhood abuse. As with any set of co-occurring disorders it is often difficult to establish a cause and effect relationship or determine which one came first. Nonetheless alcoholism and sex addiction may reinforce each other in a downward spiral of self-destructive behavior.

Integrated Treatment for Co-occurring Addiction Issues

If you or a loved one has issues related to compulsive sexual behavior coupled with alcohol abuse or addiction, integrated treatment that addresses both conditions as well as any underlying issues offers your best hope for lasting recovery. We would be happy to talk with you about your concerns, your questions and your hopes for the future. We can find the best treatment options for you, and all calls and phone services are free. Call our toll-free helpline now. We are here to help 24 hours a day.