Sex and Love Addictions: Are They Different?

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Sex and Love Addictions: Are They Different?The chemical response created by sex can become as addictive as any drug. The following symptoms indicate sex addiction, and not all have to be occurring for an addiction to be present:

  • Excessive and irresistible use of pornography
  • Frequent and compulsive masturbation
  • Serial infidelity
  • Visiting prostitutes
  • Dangerous activity such as cutting, strangulation or burning to heighten sexual response

The sex addict craves the chemical rush associated with orgasm, but they develop a tolerance for those chemical spikes and require more frequent and more intense experiences in order to scratch their addictive itch.

Love Addiction Explained

Some individuals crave the drama of relationships and romance like a drug. While sexual behavior is often a part of the love addiction process, it is not the central goal of the love addict. Sex becomes a tool for manipulation and a means to increase relational drama and connectivity. Symptoms of love addiction include the following:

  • Obsessing over romantic stories, films, television or songs
  • Craving attention and affection
  • Attempting to use sex and sexuality to establish a relationship
  • Staying in an abusive relationship for fear of being alone
  • Moving quickly from relationship to relationship and being afraid to be single
  • Compulsive fantasizing

Few things are as emotionally intense as romantic relationships and sexual attraction. Love addicts’ need for affection and the emotional spikes of relational drama prevent them from being able to experience mature, healthy and mutually satisfying relationships. The more they follow their craving for the emotional extremes they mistake for love, the farther they will be from the kind of relationship they truly desire.

Sex and Love Addiction: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Mental health professionals refer to love and sex addiction as process addictions. This is the same category of disorder as the following:

  • Gambling addiction
  • Shopping addiction
  • Self-injury
  • Eating disorders
  • Compulsive lying

Although love addiction and sex addiction are not the same thing, they do involve similar psychological processes and results. In many cases sex addicts become involved with love addicts in a mutually destructive relational disaster. The sex addict takes advantage of the love addict’s desperate need for affection, and the love addict plays off of the sex addict’s need for constant sexual activity. Neither is ever truly satisfied and both end up empty and miserable.

Caring Help for Sex and Love Addicts

If left untreated sex or loved addiction can lead to the following:

  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Physical injury or death
  • Legal and financial disasters

Help is available right now. Call our toll-free helpline for free, confidential advice and answers to all of your questions about love and sex addiction. We can connect you with the best possible treatment for your or a loved one’s specific needs. Don’t let your need for affection or sex destroy your life. Healing is possible, and we can help make it a reality. Call now.