Rebuilding a Healthy Sex Life after Sex Addiction

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Rebuilding a Healthy Sex Life after Sex AddictionAccording to the Mayo Clinic compulsive sexual behavior is an obsession with sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviors that affects your health, job, relationships or other parts of your life. Many terms are used to describe compulsive sexual behavior including hypersexuality, hypersexual disorder, nymphomania or sexual addiction. No matter what it’s called, untreated compulsive sexual behavior can damage your self-esteem, relationships, career and other people. Through treatment and self-help you can manage compulsive sexual behavior and keep your urges in check.

Symptoms of Sexual Addiction

There is no one set of symptoms that a person with a sexual addiction experiences. One of the key characteristic of any addiction is that a person continues the behavior regardless of the consequences. In the case of sexual addiction the consequences of these behaviors may include getting or giving someone else a sexually transmitted infection, the loss of relationships, trouble at work or legal problems. As with other addictions such as shopping and gambling addiction there is a range of behaviors that might indicate that a person is a sexual addict. These behaviors include the following:

  • Taking acceptable sexual acts to an extreme
  • Becoming obsessive about sexual behavior to the point that it is disruptive to you or others
  • Performing sexual behavior that is considered outside of the norm
  • Spending a considerable amount of time, energy and money on meeting sexual needs
  • Responding to a sexual impulse even if you do not get pleasure or release from the sexual behavior
  • Attempting to respond to loneliness, depression, anxiety or stress through compulsive sexual behavior
  • Having difficulty maintaining emotional closeness

Compulsive sexual behaviors can vary in type and severity, but in almost all cases a person’s sexual impulses are intense and lead him or her to feel that he or she has no control over them.

Tips for Rebuilding a Healthy Sex Life after Sex Addiction

Sex addiction will not go away on its own. If you have a sex addiction, you need treatment. Individual therapy increases awareness of subconscious thoughts and behaviors, develops new insights into your motivations and resolves conflicts. Addiction treatment can provide the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones
  • Group therapy to explore emotions and relationships
  • Family therapy or marriage counseling to facilitate the rebuilding of interpersonal relationships

Build a Healthy Sex Life after Sex Addiction

Intimacy is an important part of an interpersonal relationship. When you or your loved one has struggled with sex addiction, it is often difficult to rebuild a healthy sex life. However we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline today, as we are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about sex addiction treatment.