Is My Husband Cheating or Does He Have a Sex Addiction?
Sex addiction is a growing problem in the US as access to sexually explicit materials continues to increase. The days of shady theaters or adult bookstores have given way to pornographic pictures and videos as close as the nearest cell phone. Though many in our contemporary culture make light of sex addiction, it is a serious psychological disorder that, if left untreated, can have many terrible consequences for the addict and those who love him. These consequences can include the following:
- Broken relationships
- Financial devastation
- Loss of employment
- Substance abuse and addiction
How Sex Addiction Happens
Recognizing the signs of sex addiction, and knowing where to turn for help, are important steps in helping your loved one find freedom from this miserable disease. The brain controls a wide range of psychological functions through a complicated system of chemical signals. Specialized receptors in the brain recognize the presence of chemicals like endorphins and adrenaline and then create a corresponding physiological reaction. This all happens in the reward center of the brain, which is the same area that manages some of the most powerful psychological functions including the following:
- Impulse control
- The forming of behaviors and habits
- Anxiety control
- The formation and recall of memories
Even slight spikes in these chemicals will trigger the reward response in the brain, and the brain will deeply crave any behavior or substance that caused the spike. These cravings are much more powerful than most people realize.
Signs of Sex Addiction
Recognizing the symptoms of sex addiction can be especially difficult, as addicts often go to great lengths to hide their activity due to shame and embarrassment. Some signs may involve the following:
- Does your husband spend a great deal of time on the computer – especially late at night – and in places that others cannot observe his online activities?
- Is he defensive when asked about unaccountable time?
- Does he have a history with pornography?
- Is he demonstrating symptoms of anxiety or depression?
The psychology of sex addiction is complicated and best addressed through professional personal and marital therapy.
Sex Addiction Help
If you are concerned that your husband may have a sex addiction, please call our 24 hour toll-free helpline any time for immediate help. Our expert staff is ready to answer any questions you may have. We can discuss the disease, additional signs, and effective ways of communicating with your husband about your concerns. This addiction thrives on secrecy and shame, but real, lasting recovery is possible with the right treatment and the support of loved ones. The call is confidential and free, so please don’t let another day or night go by as you wonder about your husband’s behavior. Call today.
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