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Sex Addiction

Just as alcoholics find it difficult to control their drinking, sexual addicts find it difficult to control their sexual acting out behaviour, often resulting in relationship problems, family break-ups, work problems and financial damages.

Sexual addiction refers to any sexually related compulsive behaviour which interferes with normal life and starts to become a priority in the sexual addict’s life, often at the cost of family, friends and work.

Some of the patterns of sexual addiction may include:

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A pattern of out of control sexual behaviour (which might be any of the following: compulsive masturbation, compulsive watching of pornography, chronic affairs and cheating in relationships, high risk sexual practices, anonymous sex, compulsive sexual episodes and relationships, prostitution, etc.)
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An inability to stop the sexual behaviour regardless of consequences
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Persistent pursuit of high-risk behaviour
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Ongoing desire or effort to limit the behaviour
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Sexual behaviour is used as a primary coping strategy, often including obsession and fantasy
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Mood changes associated with the sexual activity
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Excessive time spent planning, anticipating, being sexual or recovering from sexual experiences
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Severe social, physical or psychological consequences
Individuals who see any of these patterns in their own life, or in the life of someone they care about, should seek professional help.