How do you know if you are a sex addict? Like drugs, alcohol or any other addiction, sex feels good to most people who have experienced it. But when does something cross the line from feeling good to becoming an addiction? A simple answer to this question is: when it starts to create problems in your life. If you are worried that you or someone you know may suffer from sex addiction, the best thing to do is to educate yourself. Take an honest look at your sex life. Does anything stand out?
Sex addiction can come in different shapes and forms. For some people, it means an inability to stay faithful to your partner. For other people, it means using sex to cope with other problems, such as stress, anger or depression. Still, for others it might involve a constant, compulsive urge to masturbate. Most sex addicts have at least one thing in common: it’s been a problem for them. They find themselves lying about their sexual activities. Perhaps they’ve missed important appointments on account of sex. Some sex addicts have stolen money from friends and families in order to pay for sex.
Like all other addictions, sex addiction means a lack of control or choice. Sex to a sex addict is like booze to an alcoholic: they cannot stop themselves or control their behavior, despite any negative consequences that they face. They are also often unwilling to admit that they have a problem. Sometimes they don’t believe they have a problem. It can take all kinds of pain and suffering to realize the truth of their situation: they are sex addicts.
Fortunately, there is help available, just like any other addiction. Multiple 12-step fellowships have arisen to deal with sex addiction. Each has its own approach and its own idea of “recovery.” In Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA), sex addicts abstain from the specific behavior that has caused problems in their lives. Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) is specifically geared toward married sex addicts who have had histories with affairs or masturbation. Still, other fellowships such as Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) and Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA) employ their own approach.
If you or someone you know might have a sex addiction, it is important that you find the right kind of treatment. We are here to help you find that treatment. With our database of certified treatment centers at our fingertips, we will help find the right place for you. Call 877-968-6682 today!