Benefits of Addressing Sex Addiction Problems Early

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Benefits of Addressing Sex Addiction Problems EarlyAccording to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, nearly 12 million people suffer from sexual addiction in the United States. Sexual addiction is defined as persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior despite increasing negative consequences to oneself or others. Because the body produces many hormones and neurotransmitters during sex, sexual addiction can produce the same type of high as those who are addicted to a substance. Many people who suffer from sexual addiction also have substance abuse problems or a family history of addiction. Addressing sexual addiction problems early can help those who are struggling to find the right treatment and live normal lives.

Signs of Sexual Addiction

Recognizing the signs of sexual addiction can be one of the most important first steps in getting help. Because so much sexual material is available through the Internet, cable television and videos, one of the first signs you may notice in yourself or a loved one is an increased desire for more sexually explicit material. Other signs may include:

  • Loss of control over sexual behaviors, like seeking and performing uncharacteristic acts
  • Experiencing negative consequences, like the loss of a relationship, because of inappropriate sexual behaviors
  • Inability to stop inappropriate sexual behaviors on your own

Risk of Sexual Addiction

People who have a family history of substance abuse, mental illness, or other addictive behaviors are at an increased risk of sexual addiction. Many of the compulsive behaviors associated with sexual addiction are the result of the shame associated with the addiction, family history of sexual abuse, lack of appropriate sexual education, and inappropriate parental sexual relationships (extra-marital affairs and pornography in the home). Even though many people do not seek help for their sexual addiction, understanding the underlying state of mind that leads to inappropriate sexual behaviors can help the addict get the help he needs. Early intervention can mean a life free from sexual addiction and the restoration of family relationships and friendships.

Treatment for Sexual Addiction

Treatment for sexual addiction involves individual, marriage, and group therapy. The first, and probably most important, step in the process is getting the person in therapy to accept that he has a problem. Once the addict can face the addiction and learn about it, he can understand what is appropriate and establish sexual sobriety. Setting the boundaries for sexual sobriety is different than for other types of addiction, as complete abstinence is not usually the goal. However, abstinence from inappropriate sexual behaviors must be established early in treatment in order for the person in recovery to be successful.

Finding Help for Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction can have the same negative impact as other types of addictions, and getting treatment early is key to continued success. If you or a loved one struggle with sexual addiction, we are here to help you. Our trained helpline counselors are here to answer your questions about addiction and the treatment options that are available. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day.