Sexual Addictions Treatment & Counselling
The term "sexual addiction" is used to describe the behaviour of a person who has an unusually strong sexual urge or an obsession with sex. Thoughts about sex always dominate the person's thinking, making it difficult for him to concentrate on work, and engage in healthy personal relationships.
Sex addicts also love to take serious risks. Neglecting the negative consequences, the person engages in different forms of sexual activities. In addition to damaging the addict's relationships, a sex addict also puts the person at risk for emotional and physical injury.
For some people, the sex addiction progresses to involve illegal activities, such as exhibitionism (exposing oneself in public), making obscene phone calls, or molestation. However, it should be noted that sex addicts do not necessarily become sex offenders.
There are some peculiar traits that a sex addicts show in general. These behaviours are very important to diagnose a person with sexual addiction.
The main symptoms and behaviors of a sex addict include:
Compulsive masturbation - Addiction to masturbation:
- The person finds it very hard to miss masturbation a single day. Sometimes the person even masturbates several times in a single day.
Having multiple affairs (Extra Marital affairs):
- A sexual addict has a very strong urge for sex. Along with such a strong sex drive, the person also tries to have multiple partners for sex. He finds it difficult to be satisfied with single partners.
- A person with sexual addiction seldom develops any emotional bond with his sex partner. He is always looking for a new sex partner which leads him to be a victim of several one night stands and multiple partners.
Consistent use of pornography:
- This is also one of the important traits of sexual addicts. They tend to be very fond of exploring pornographic material.
- As mentioned earlier sexual addicts love to play it unsafe and neglect the negative consequences that they may face later.
Phone or computer sex - cyber sex:
- Apart from pornography, sexual addicts often engage themselves in cyber and phone sex.
Prostitution or use of prostitutes:
- In the search for a new sex partner and due to a never satisfying sexual drive, sexual addicts often have multiple sexual relations with prostitutes and call girls.
- This means that such people find it very interesting to "show off" in public.
Obsessive dating through personal ads:
- This is also a common trait in sexual addicts.
Voyeurism - watching others or stalking:
- Sexual addicts tend to be very keen watchers. They keep staring at the opposite sex which becomes very uncomfortable for the other person.
- Cases of sexual harassment at home or in office are most often caused by sexual addicts.
Molestation - rape:
- Sexual addicts sometimes cross all the limits of society and they indulge in rape and molestation without thinking about the consequences.
Generally, a person with a sex addiction gains little satisfaction from the sexual activity and forms no emotional bond with his or her sex partners. In addition, the problem of sex addiction often leads to feelings of guilt and shame.
A sex addict also feels a lack of control over the behaviour, despite negative consequences
Sexual addiction treatment
Most sex addicts live in denial of their addiction, and treating an addiction is dependent on the person accepting and admitting that he or she has a problem. In many cases, it takes a significant event such as the loss of a job, the break-up of a marriage, an arrest, or health crisis to force the addict to admit to his or her problem.
Treatment of sexual addiction focuses on controlling the addictive behaviour and helping the person develop a healthy sexuality. Treatment includes education about healthy sexuality, individual psychological counselling and marital or family therapy helps for addicts. In some cases, Homeopathy medications used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder may be used to the compulsive nature of the sex addiction.
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