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A person with sexual addiction is obsessed with sex or has an abnormally intense sex drive. Their thoughts are dominated by sexual activity, to the point where this affects other activities and intera­ctions. If these urges become uncont­rol­lable, the person can have difficulty functi­oning in social situat­ions.

Sexual Addiction


Some attempts to define the charac­ter­istics of sexual addiction have been based on literature about chemical depend­ency. Sexual addiction may share the same rewards systems and circuits in the brain as substance addiction.

However, people with sexual addiction may be addicted to different types of sexual behavior. This makes the condition harder to define. It also suggests that the disorder stems not from the individual acts, but rather an obsession with carrying them out.

Sexual addiction also appears to involve making rules to feel in control of the condition, and then breaking them to make new rules.

Activities associated with sexual addiction

Compulsive mastur­bation
Multiple affairs, sexual partners, and one-night stands
Persistent use of pornog­raphy
Practicing unsafe sex
Visiting prosti­tutes or practicing prosti­tution

Cycle of Addiction

Behaviors and Attitudes

an inability to contain sexual urges and respect the boundaries of others involved in the sexual act
detachment, in which the sexual activity does not emotio­nally satisfy the individual
obsession with attracting others, being in love, and starting new romances, often leading to a string of relati­onships
feelings of guilt and shame
an awareness that the urges are uncont­rol­lable, in spite of financial, medical, or social conseq­uences
a pattern of recurrent failure to resist impulses to engage in extreme acts of lewd sex
engagement in sexual behaviors for longer than intended, and to a greater extent
several attempts to stop, reduce, or control behavior
excessive time and energy spent obtaining sex, being sexual, or recovering from a sexual experience
giving up social, work-r­elated, or recrea­tional activities because of a sexual addiction
sexual rage disorder, where an individual becomes distre­ssed, anxious, restless, and possibly violent if unable to engage in the addiction

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