Sex Addiction

Sex Addiction and Fantasy

Interestingly, sex addiction is really not about sex or orgasm. Addiction is about the physiological and psychological “high” associated with erotic fantasy. It is the search and the hunt and hunger for greater orgasmic potential. Individuals who are vulnerable to addiction utilize fantasy to seek the release of the powerful and pleasurable neurochemicals (serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline, endorphins, oxytocin). These neurochemicals have the capacity to substantially impair judgment and repeated successful attempts to reach for the “high results in a strong desire to repeat the experience.

The search for ever more potent, erotic, visually and physically stimulating experiences may begin casually. However, technology has made pornography amazingly fast, easy to access, use and hide with laptops, smartphones and various Pads. What begins as a casual, recreational interest in pornography may rapidly progress and intensify into an obsessive preoccupation. This obsessive behavior continues despite adverse consequences. When the pursuit of erotic stimulation evolves into a pattern of behavior that is disruptive and destructive to one’s daily life and primary relationship, it is clearly time to seek help.

Treatment of Sex Addiction

In the treatment of sexual compulsions, early identification of the problem is helpful. However, for most individuals and couples, this problem is long-standing and recovery requires a substantial commitment and expenditure of time, energy and financial resources. There are several treatment models that address the core addiction and offer potential recovery to the addicted individual. These models range from a free, 12-Step based Sex Addicts Anonymous approach, to community and national in-and-out patient treatment programs and facilities, and certified addiction specialists in private practice. All of the treatment options available are open for research and discussion.

Recovery From Addiction

When healthy sexual activity ceases to be fun and recreational and crosses the line into compulsive life-changing behavior – both the individual and their partner suffers. Although sex addiction may or may not include having affairs, any sexual and/or emotional infidelity is potentially destructive to the people involved. The common thread connecting sex addiction and infidelity is the act of “betrayal.” Betrayal impacts all aspects of a relationship and evokes a complex web of negative feelings for both partners. It irrevocably damages the foundations of commitment, intimacy and trust.

Recovery from addiction and related partner trauma is a long-term process whether the infidelity is associated with a prolonged pattern of addiction or the result of a single isolated indiscretion. Treatment from sex addiction, affairs, or other problematic compulsive behaviors share many commonalities.

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