If You Think You Have a Problem with Sexual Addiction You might find that seeking help for sex addiction is difficult because your addicted brain wants sexual stimulation and pleasure in much the same way a cocaine addict wants cocaine. Addiction tricks your brain into its “survival mode,” creating a biochemical reward mechanism to continue sexual behavior despite the harmful effects on loved ones and yourself.
Treatment for Sexual AddictionTop Rated An overview of treatment strategies used by mental health professionals for sexual addiction. Unlike drug or alcohol treatment, the goal of sexual addiction treatment is not lifelong abstinence, but rather a termination of compulsive, unhealthy sexual behavior. Since it is very difficult for a sex addict to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy sex, programs usually encourage abstinence from any sexual behavior during the first phase of treatment. Many programs suggest a 60- to 90-day period of self-imposed abstinence. This enables you, along with the treatment team, to understand the emotional cues and circumstances that trigger sexual thought and compulsive sexual behavior. http://psychcentral.com/lib/treatment-for-sexual-addiction/000752 -
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What Causes Sexual Addiction?Top Rated Why some people, and not others, develop an addiction to sex is poorly understood. Possibly some biochemical abnormality or other brain changes increase risk. The fact that antidepressants and other psychotropic medications have proven effective in treating some people with sex addiction suggests that this might be the case.
This article that delves into some of the possible causes of sexual addiction. http://psychcentral.com/lib/what-causes-sexual-addiction/000744 -
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What Is Sexual Addiction?Top Rated An introductory article to what sexual addiction is and is not. Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Like all addictions, its negative impact on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder progresses. Over time, the addict usually has to intensify the addictive behavior to achieve the same results. http://psychcentral.com/lib/what-is-sexual-addiction/000748 -
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