Sex addiction; also known as compulsive sexual behaviour or hypersexuality, has increased dramatically in recent years due to availability, accessibility, affordability and anonymity. Sex addiction can be a self soothe mechanism to protect from real life events; past and present. It is not always about porn use, this in itself should not be seen as a bad thing however overuse can be. Fully qualified in sex addiction treatment since 2014
Do You Need Help?
Have you ever asked yourself if you are preoccupied with sex? What would be the honest answer? This doesn’t mean you can’t spend some time thinking about past pleasurable experiences or project ahead to a possible future encounter. But there is a vast distinction between random thoughts and becoming preoccupied with sex.
A sexual addiction means that you’re letting your desires take over. The need to find sexual gratification is more important than anything else. Nothing can compete with having a sexual encounter (with or without another person present) not a job or spouse or anything. When you’ve reach the critical mass of a sexual addiction, it might be time to consider professional help.
Here’s a simple assessment you should make about your sexual behaviour patterns.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you keeping part of your sex life secret?
- Are you constantly on the prowl for stimulation?
- Are you putting your relationships at risk?
- Are you looking for dangerous sex?
Some behaviours associated with a sexual addiction?
- Compulsive masturbation
- Simultaneous or repeated sequential affairs
- Cybersex, phone sex
- Multiple anonymous partners
- Unsafe sexual activity
- Partner objectification/demand for sex
- Strip clubs and adult bookstores
- Use of prostitution/escorts
- Sexual aversion/anorexia
- Frequenting massage parlours
- Sexual paraphilia’s (a need for unusual sexual stimulation) and/or any sexually offensive behaviour