Help for Anonymous Sex Addiction

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Help for Anonymous Sex AddictionSex addiction is defined by the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health as “a persistent and escalating pattern or patterns of sexual behaviors acted out despite increasingly negative consequences to self or others.” Compulsive sexual thoughts or sexual behavior can dominate an individual’s life and lead to destructive consequences (health problems, lack of healthy relationships, interference with work and many interpersonal issues), which can constitute addiction.

There are many possible causes of sex addiction, such as past physical or sexual abuse, low self-esteem, abandonment issues, unaddressed emotional pain and more. When an individual develops a sex addiction, he is consumed by a psychological disorder. Sex addiction is not just a moral or behavior flaw, or a chosen lifestyle, as many people think.

Common Behaviors of a Sex Addict

Sex addiction is associated with high-risk behavior. The addict experiences a reward from engaging in sexual thought or activity. The reward comes from the adrenaline and excitement of the experience which is brought on by mood-altering chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, in addition to the satisfaction provided from the sexual activity itself. As a result, a sex addict will seek out sexual experiences that can “top” the other, just like a drug addict will look for more ways to achieve a better high. This is what causes extreme risk-taking sexual behavior. Common behaviors of a sex addiction include:

  • Compulsive masturbation
  • Multiple affairs
  • Illegal activities like exhibitionism (exposing oneself in public), molestation, rape, sexual harassment, prostitution, or use of prostitutes and more
  • Multiple or anonymous sexual partners, one-night stands, or casual sex
  • Practicing unsafe sex
  • Using the internet, phone or personal ads to set up sexual encounters or “cruising for sex” (looking for anonymous sex through a commonplace)
  • Consistent use of pornography

Risks of Anonymous Sex Addiction

Anonymous sex is one of the highest-risk sexual activities, especially for sex addicts who are using anonymous partners often, and these risks go far beyond just physical health consequences. Sex addiction will, without a doubt, create evolving problems for the individual until it is treated. The most common issues that result from anonymous sex addiction include:

  • Transmitting or contracting sexually transmitted diseases or HIV/AIDS. Anonymous sex addicts tend to have had a large number of partners and the chance of contracting a disease increases with each new partner. An anonymous partner or one-night stand is less likely to disclose their sexual health history. Anonymous sex addicts are also more likely to have unprotected sex, which drastically increases the risk of contracting an STD.
  • Increased risk of engaging in or being a victim of assault, rape, or murder.
  • Legal punishment for sexual offenses like statutory rape, prostitution, or sexual harassment which can act as a black mark on an individual’s future, preventing future employment, relationships and more.
  • Destroying a marriage, relationship, or family.
  • Developing psychological issues and emotional turmoil like low-self-esteem and self-worth, extreme guilt or shame, dissociation from others, depression, lack of personal relationships, or healthy social behavior and more.

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