What Sex Addiction Takes Away from You

Category : Getting Help

What Sex Addiction Takes Away from YouSex addiction is a powerful psychological disorder that has devastated millions of lives. This culture has accepted increasingly sexual content in films, magazines and television over the last several decades, and technological advances have made have given access to hardcore pornography with complete anonymity over a computer or cell phone. While historical records reveal that people have always struggled with some kind of sex addiction, ease of access, lack of accountability and a tolerant cultural climate has allowed this affliction to affect a much higher percentage of men, and a growing percentage of women, than ever before. The effects on patients can be catastrophic, so seek help today.

How Sex Addiction Works

The brain manages the body through a sensitive and intricate system of chemical signals in the central nervous system. Certain natural chemicals trigger the pleasure or reward center of the brain. In some people the chemical response of sex triggers cravings that are similar a drug addict’s cravings. This means the brain will compel sex on a level that is more powerful than rational thought. This phenomenon can create addictions to the following activities:

  • Gambling
  • Lying or stealing
  • Thrill seeking
  • Shopping
  • Hoarding
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Self injury
  • Sex

Sexual activity causes spikes of these “feel-good” chemicals that even a healthy, non-addicted person will want to experience again. When a person becomes addicted to the chemical response of sex, it may lead to any of the following symptoms:

  • Obsessive masturbation
  • An insatiable appetite for pornography
  • Risky sexual behavior
  • Visiting prostitutes
  • Serial adultery

Sex addiction is a progressive disease that gets worse until it is treated. It can affect teens, married people and even senior citizens.

Costs of Sex Addiction

If left untreated, sex addiction will eventually dominate your life. Sex addicts often engage in behavior they never imagined they would do. The following are just a few examples of what sex addiction may cost if you do not seek treatment:

  • Divorce
  • Financial ruin
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Professional consequences
  • Lack of trust from friends and family
  • Deep personal shame
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Criminal prosecution
  • Substance abuse and addiction

Sex addiction takes away your self respect, your ability to maintain relationships and perhaps your enjoyment of healthy sexual activity. The resulting anxiety and shame can lead to life-threatening depression and chemical addiction if you use drugs or alcohol to medicate your symptoms.

Sex Addiction Help

If you are ready to end to your sex addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day to answer your questions and connect you with the best recovery program for your specific needs. Freedom, healing and peace of mind are available if you call us today.