Sex addiction can take over lives and control every minute of every day. There is hope for recovery in sex addicts, but it takes a lot of work. Depending on the individual and severity of the problem, some people may attend rehab programs for treatment. Take steps to understand sexual compulsion and move past sexual addiction to live a healthy lifestyle.
How to Put a Stop to Your Sex Addiction
There are many sexual acts that can be involved in sexual addiction, which is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. As the disorder progresses, its negative impact increases as well. As the disorder progresses, the addict must increase the addictive behavior in order to achieve the same high or pleasure they are used to experiencing.
Some sexual behavior includes compulsive masturbation, extensive use of pornography, phone, or computer sex services, exhibitionism, obscene phone calls, voyeurism, child molestation, or rape. However, it is important to note that not all sex addicts become sex offenders, and vice versa. In fact, around 55% of convicted sex offenders can also be considered sex addicts.
Now that we understand what the addiction can look like, we can explore ways to overcome it. Sex addicts often understand what they do is harmful or wrong, they are simply unable to resist the urge to continue the act. The sexual addiction becomes a sort of security blanket, so completely giving up the behavior can feel like a major challenge. Ask these questions to begin figuring out how to change sexual addiction and compulsive behavior:
- How long has the addiction been around?
- How does the addiction help? What good comes out of acting out sexually?
- What would happen if the behavior stopped? Is a life without it feasible?
Finding the root cause of the behavior is a common way to begin addiction recovery. Generally, rehabs incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy in order to discover the reason behind the addiction. If full rehab isn’t necessary to treat a sex addiction, it may be a good idea to seek professional help from a therapist or psychiatrist when attempting to quit the behavior. The goal will be to find a purpose in life that is satisfying and comforting using a method that is not harmful or detrimental in the way sex addictions are.
Dealing with any addiction is difficult. Treatment Now has a staff of recovery experts who are available to answer any questions, so call today at 844-438-8689.