Sexual Addiction

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The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity defines sexual addiction as "persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others." More specifically, it is an intimacy disorder that involves progressive and compulsive sexual thoughts and acts, ranging from compulsive masturbation or use of pornography to illegal activities such as exhibitionism or voyeurism. Just as with other addictions, sexual addiction affects the individual as well as their family and loved ones. Indicators include:


  • Preoccupation with or persistently craving sex
  • Increasing scope or frequency of sexual activity to achieve the desired effect
  • Engaging in more sex and with more partners than intended
  • Thinking of sex to the detriment of other activities
  • Spending excessive time in activities related to sex (e.g., cyber sex or searching for pornographic internet materials)
  • Neglecting obligations in pursuit of sex
  • Irritability when unable to engage in the desired behavior
  • Continually engaging in the sexual behavior despite negative consequences
  • Feel a necessity of increasing the desired behavior to achieve the same results
Sexual Addiction

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