Sex addiction is a destructive and difficult problem. It ruins relationships, costs jobs, causes arrests, and destroys self-esteem and physical health. Sadly, millions of people are affected. And it is not primarily a moral problem rather, it is a problem of out-of-control feelings and behaviors that has both psychological and neurological components.
It has been reported that nearly 12 million people suffer from sexual addiction in the United States. Due the accessibility of sexual material available on the internet, cable television and videos, these numbers are increasing. Despite common misunderstandings, this addiction is not simply about “too much sex” or “having a high sex drive.”
How to Recognize Sexual Addiction
At NorthPoint, we will identify the various aspects of problematic sexual behaviors including typical patterns of consequences, evolution and timing of behavior patterns, as well as a person’s therapy readiness.
We work on the deeper levels to get at the root cause of the addiction so it doesn’t re-surface later. Unfortunately, many “addiction counselors” do not know how to work at these levels – many only work on the surface level of the addiction and do not know how to do the deeper work that is essential so that the addiction does not resurface.
Although it is not always easy to know how to recognize a sex addict there are several sex addiction symptoms you can use to determine whether you or a loved one may be struggling with unhealthy sexual behaviors.
Sex addiction is generally characterized by a pattern of increasing, repeated sexual behavior, which is often uncontrollable despite that person’s intentions and efforts to stop the behavior. As with any addiction, problematic thoughts and behaviors may be rationalized and the addiction denied, even when the condition develops to such an extent that it causes the loss of intimate relationships, family, friends, or one’s career. NorthPoint utilizes twenty (20) sexual characteristics that are called “collateral indicators” which help determine the presence of sexual addiction.