Can Casual Physical Contact Trigger a Sex Addiction Relapse?

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Can Casual Physical Contact Trigger a Sex Addiction Relapse?Sex addiction is a controversial subject among many mental health professionals. While professionals debate the condition, millions of people struggle with a compulsive, uncontrollable and even painful need for constant sexual activity. Some symptoms of sex addiction include the following:

  • Uncontrollable use of pornography
  • Constant masturbation
  • Frequent sex with multiple partners
  • Use of prostitutes
  • Risky sexual behavior
  • Substance abuse in connection to sexual activity
  • Constant mental obsession with sex

Many sex addicts were victims of childhood sexual abuse or were exposed to sexually explicit materials at a young age. They become addicted to the chemical response that happens in their brain during sexual activity, even when that activity causes them shame, loneliness, pain and depression. Recovery is complicated and involves many of the same techniques involved in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Learning to identify triggers and then either prevent or tolerate them is a key part of overcoming sex addiction.

Understanding Sex Addiction Triggers

One of the primary goals of counseling for sex addiction is to identify the things that spark cravings for sex. Just like drugs and alcohol, once a craving sets in it can be impossible to avoid. Addicts get caught up in an intense psychological wave that is far more powerful than willpower. Various counseling techniques help sex addicts accomplish the following goals:

  • Identify the triggers that provoke cravings (loneliness, solitude, stress, boredom, substance abuse, explicit films, provocative conversations, lack of exercise, lack of sleep and etc.)
  • Predict when those triggers are likely to happen
  • Plan ahead of time how you will escape the temptation (accountability, relaxation techniques, avoidance and etc.)
  • Maintain dialogue with a counselor and/or support group about challenges, victories and failures

In some cases triggers may change over time as recovery progresses. For instance, after a time of sexual abstinence an addict may find that something as simple as a handshake or hug can trigger intense sexual reflexes. Sex addiction therapists can help addicts predict these triggers and then manage them.

Sex Addiction Help

Temptations to engage in compulsive sexual activity abound. Explicit materials are as close as the next cell phone and the internet delivers complete anonymity. If you wrestle with sex addiction or are concerned that you might be at risk, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline immediately. Our counselors are standing by to answer your questions about sex addiction triggers, coping mechanisms and treatment. Call us now.