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Sexual Addiction


Sexual addiction refers to a phenomenon in which individuals report being unable to manage their sexual behavior. The term "sexual addiction" is used to describe the behavior of a person who has an unusually intense sex drive or an obsession with sex. Sex and the thought of sex tend to dominate the sex addict's thinking, making it difficult to work or engage in healthy personal relationships.

Sex addicts engage in distorted thinking, often rationalizing and justifying their behavior and blaming others for problems. They generally deny they have a problem and make excuses for their actions. Sexual addiction also is associated with risk-taking. A person with a sex addiction engages in various forms of sexual activity, despite the potential for negative and/or dangerous consequences. In addition to damaging the addict's relationships and interfering with his or her work and social life, a sexual addiction also puts the person at risk for emotional and physical injury.

Treatment of sexual addiction focuses on controlling the addictive behavior and helping the person develop a healthy sexuality. Treatment includes education about healthy sexuality, individual counseling, and marital and/or family therapy.

National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (NCSAC) - Private, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of public and professional recognition, awareness and understanding of Sexual Addiction Sexual Compulsivity and Sexual Offending. (http://sash.net/)

sexhelp.com - Dr. Patrick Carnes’ Resources for Sex Addiction and Recovery (http://www.sexhelp.com/)

Sex Addiction Explained (http://www.medicinenet.com/sexual_addiction/article.htm)

What is Sexual Addiction (http://psychcentral.com/lib/2006/what-is-sexual-addiction/)