Depending on Sex to Solve Your Problems

Category : Getting Help

Depending on Sex to Solve Your ProblemsSexual addiction replaces healthy strategies for coping with difficult situations. People use drugs to escape from problems because they create a euphoria that normally comes from positive events or good decisions. The brain and body rely on the drug to feel good when this usually come from normal, healthy circumstances. As with drug addiction, sexual addiction produces an unhealthy obsession with having sex or someone with an unusually intense sex drive. Sex can lead people to participate in inappropriate behaviors that are at times illegal. Using sex to solve problems or escape reality can make it almost impossible for those with this struggle to engage in healthy relationships. People with this struggle need treatment to learn to solve their problems in normal, healthy ways.

Signs of Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction carries with it a variety of behavioral symptoms. Many of these involve risk taking, which is also true for other forms of addiction. A person who uses sex to deal with her problems often feels a sense of shame for being unable to control her behavior. She is also unable to form lasting bonds with sexual partners and gets little satisfaction from the activity itself. Other behavioral signs of sexual addiction include the following problems:

  • Compulsive masturbation (self stimulation)
  • Multiple affairs
  • Multiple sexual partners or one night stands
  • Consistent use of pornography
  • Unsafe sex
  • Phone or computer sex
  • Prostitution
  • Exhibitionism
  • Obsessive dating through personal ads
  • Sexual harassment

Sexual addiction can lead to illegal activities in the most serious cases, but it’s important to understand that not all people with a sexual addiction engage in these behaviors. People who use sex to deal with problems cannot control their actions in spite of negative consequences to finances, health and relationships.

Using Sex to Solve Problems

Drug addicts use a substance as a way to escape reality. Those who struggle with sexual addiction experience the same type of compulsive behavior. Masking a problem with sexual activity only puts off having to deal with the issues. Real healing from difficult situations only comes by dealing with them in appropriate ways. Getting treatment for a sexual addiction will help you or a loved one learn problem-solving skills instead of turning to sex. Throughout the treatment process you will learn how your addiction is affecting yourself and your family, what healthy relationships look like and how to develop new ways of thinking about life’s challenges.

Help for Sexual Addiction

Depending on sex to solve your problems creates a situation that prevents real healing, but dealing with your addiction through therapy and learning new ways to cope with stress is the only way to become emotionally healthy. If you struggle with sexual addiction, we are here to help. Our helpline counselors are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to answer your questions about treatment options. Call us now.