Addiction can happen to anyone and is not restricted to drugs and alcohol. Many people struggle with a behavioral addiction. Sex addiction, also known as hypersexual disorder, is a condition manifested by fantasies that consume excessive amounts of time and affects many components of a person’s life. Sex addiction damages relationships with loved ones. Hypersexual behavior interferes with family time, destroys marriages, and creates financial hardships. The urge for sexual gratification takes priority over responsibilities, special events, and can affect job performance.
According to Psychology Today, “Hypersexuality becomes problematic when it causes significant distress to an individual, or puts them at risk of harming themselves or someone else.” A person with a sex addiction will pursue gratification at any cost through pornography, online sex forums, prostitution, or sex hotlines. Sex addiction lacks an emotional and intimate component and fulfills a psychological need to relieve depression, anxiety, or tension.
Hypersexual activities can be detrimental to physical and mental health. A person with a sexual addiction can be exposed to sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, HPV, Chlamydia, hepatitis, and syphilis. While some of these diseases can be treated, there is a risk of long-term effects or even death.
Addictive behaviors are often fueled by underlying mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. The addicted brain is deficient in dopamine receptors. Ethlie Ann Vare, journalist, lecturer, and author told Medical Daily in an email, “This applies to all addictions: drugs alcohol, gambling, sex, shopping…[people who suffer from addiction] don’t have an efficient ‘reward center’ and overstimulate themselves just to feel something.”
Many people turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to escape reality. Any person who suffers from an addiction and mental health condition can be treated for a dual diagnosis. A mental health condition and addiction are treated simultaneously for a successful recovery.
Understanding psychological and emotional issues will help reveal reasons for the unhealthy relationship to sex. In treatment, the patient learns to redirect these feelings into healthy behavior and view sex as an intimate, loving activity. Treatment helps heal relationships with loved ones through individual counseling and group therapy.
If you or a loved one is battling addiction, you are not alone. Recovery from addiction does happen. Get help today and embrace the opportunity to enjoy living substance-free.
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