Sexual addiction is the pun of many jokes but this is a real life medical condition, which affects many people around the world. This goes beyond the craving of sex.
It is an addiction as strong as the other types of addiction. Sex addicts have lots of sex, but it’s not for the trill of it, it’s more for the release they can gain.
In the movie ‘The people I slept with’ which was released in 2010 the main character is having the time of her life sleeping with everyone. She is not depicted as having a sexual addiction; she is just experiencing a high sex drive. To be addicted one has a whole host of other symptoms, which include a preoccupation that gets worse over time.
Behaviors of Sexual Addiction
Behaviors associated with this dependence include sex on the brain every time, no matter the topic at hand. It really interferes with life and the ability to get the other things that need to be done, accomplished. This means lots of masturbation, porn, and sex with a partner. These behaviors may include sex with prostitutes or multiple people, cyber sex, stalking, and unsafe sexual practices.
Those people with this addiction have multiple sexual partners and take what they want from the relationship without regard to what the others in the relationship want. Cyber-sex or phone-sex, which includes masturbation with several partners in a day, is one of the habits associated with this condition.
Typical behavior is the use of dating personal ads in the newspaper to find new partners. With the advent of the Internet, there is a whole other avenue for people to fulfill the addiction for sex on the many web sites, which offer intimate encounters. The dating sites, which used to be for those among use who wished to date, have become the ‘chum bucket’ of people seeking quick sex.
The Internet made sex very accessible in everyway from finding real partners, to masturbating, watching others on web cams and of course cyber sex.
Treatment of Sexual Addiction
Treatments for sexual addiction include prescription medicines as well as therapy in all forms. Therapy can be one on one, couple, or group sessions with a professional counselor or therapist.
Of course, partners of people with a sexual addiction sometimes feel as if they have done something wrong when they see their partner engaging in those behaviors. Most of the time, it is simply the addiction rearing its ugly head and disrupting life within the relationship. This is why the partners need to go to counseling and do their own research about sexual addictions.