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Although most people know sex addiction exists, many don’t know exactly what it means or the warning signs.
Sexual addiction refers to sexual behavior that has become compulsive – no longer just for the sake of pleasure itself. It leads to negative repercussions that seriously disrupt a person’s relationships and work.
While sex addiction often involves sexual contact with one or several people, people might be considered addicted because of the extreme use of pornography, using internet channels like chat rooms, or sexting with strangers. For example, if a man starts to view pornography for hours a day, he begins to believe that porn truly represents the way real people make love. As his expectations soar, he finds himself losing interest in the wife whom he had previously found sexually alluring. His quest for sexual excitement makes work and family seem dull by comparison.
To be clear, sex addiction is not exclusively a man’s problem. A small percentage of women also experience sexually compulsive behavior. Women typically experience sex or love addiction a bit differently than men, so for this post, we’ll focus only on men.
What to do when you suspect your partner has a sex addiction? If any of these signs are present it is time to consult a sex therapist or a psychiatrist and potentially consider inpatient treatment. Seek help now!