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What is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction is defined as any sexually related, compulsive behavior that interferes with normal life and causes severe stress towards family, friends, loved ones and a person's work environment.
Sex addiction is also referred to as sexual dependence and sexual compulsivity. Either way, it is compulsive behavior that completely controls the addict's life. Sex addicts make sex a priority
more important than family, friends and work. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most to maintain and continue their life of promiscuity.

What are the behavioral patterns?

There is no standard pattern of behavior that defines sex addiction. Here are different patterns: compulsive masturbation,
compulsive heterosexual and homosexual relationships, pornography, prostitution, exhibitionism, voyeurism, indecent phone calls, child abuse, incest, rape and violence. Even the healthiest
forms of human sexual expression can lead to self-defeating behavior.

Those who see any of these patterns in their own life, or in the life of someone they care about, should seek professional help.

These adverse consequences people who lose control of their addiction experience:

• Loss of partner or spouse (40%)
• Serious marital or relationship problems (70%)
• Loss of career opportunities (27%)
• Unwanted pregnancies (40%)
• Abortions (36%)
• Suicide obsession (72%)
• Suicide attempts (17%)
• Exposure to AIDS and venereal diseases (68%)
• Legal risks from nuisance to rape (58%)

Patrick Carnes

Dr. Patrick Carnes estimates that three to six percent of the population is sexually addicted. It
It remains unclear whether one sex is more sexually addicted than the other. Research by Dr. Carnes shows that approximately 20-25% of all patients seeking help are women. (The same male-female ratio is found in those recovering from alcohol addiction, drug addiction, and pathological gambling.)

How do we do this?

First and foremost, we are going to map your addiction cycle. Sex addiction is also referred to as an intimacy problem. That could mean that there is another problem beneath the behavior.

Once you have gained this insight, it becomes important to stop practicing your addiction. Abstinence is an essential part of treatment. Abstinent is not the same as total abstinence. We are going to stop the behavior that you see as problematic. That means you decide.

In addition to treating your behavior and addressing your underlying problems, we also work with your family. Partners are often very affected and part of your recovery is being able and willing to live in full transparency.

We also provide assistance with

And the underlying problems such as:
aggression, depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, insecurity, avoidance, perfectionism.

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