Addiction comes in many forms. From drugs and alcohol to gambling and shopping, addictive behavior impacts all aspects of a person’s life. Sexual addiction is a condition that an individual experiences when he or she cannot control their sexual behavior, despite negative consequences. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is described as, “a primary, chronic disease of the brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry.”
Sexual thoughts take priority over responsibilities, affect a person’s ability to work, and maintain healthy relationships. Sexual addiction means the person is addicted to an activity, unlike a substance, such as drugs or alcohol. A person with a sexual addiction has an obsession with sex or has a high sex drive.
Christian Nordqvist wrote about sexual addiction for Medical News Today (2017). In the article she says, “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.”
If left untreated, compulsive sexual behavior can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and low self-esteem. Some people develop depression and anxiety, which can lead to using drugs and alcohol as a way to cope. When a person uses substances as an escape from feelings, it is only temporary and does not take the problem away it only masks underlying mental health conditions.
Some complications from sexual addiction include:
- Financial problems
- Job loss
- Broken relationships
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Possible legal consequences
The first step to getting healthy is to accept that you need help. After that, it is crucial to get help as soon as possible. A person who struggles with a sexual addiction and drugs or alcohol needs to be treated for a dual diagnosis. Both conditions need to be treated simultaneously for the best outcome in recovery. If you or a loved one is suffering from a substance use disorder or addiction, there is treatment for you. Get help now so you can enjoy a new, healthy lifestyle in recovery.
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