Do you keep secrets about your sexual behavior or romantic fantasies from those important to you? Do you lead a double life? Do you need greater variety, increased frequency, or more extreme sexual activities to achieve the same level of excitement or relief? Do your relationships become distorted with sexual preoccupation? Does each new relationship have the same destructive pattern which prompted you to leave the last one? Do you frequently want to get away from a partner after having sex?
Sex addiction, also known as compulsive sexual behavior or hypersexuality disorder, is characterized by the compulsive need to engage in sexual practices and the inability to exercise control over sexual desires and cravings. People who struggle with this addiction have an abnormally high libido and are obsessed with everything related to sex. As you can imagine, social interactions are especially tricky for people with hypersexuality since their intrusive and obsessive thoughts related to sexuality can prevent them from behaving normally. Recent studies indicate that, from a physiological and psychological perspective, sex addiction is very much like any other addiction. In other words, hypersexuality is characterized by the activation of the same reward system that prompts other addicts to engage in destructive behaviors.
This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. In the first quarter of , the Helpline received an average of 68, calls per month.
Call 1. Sex and intimacy are basic human needs. Sex addiction, on the other hand, is a serious condition that can harm your relationships and your quality of life. You might start to notice that your focus on sex keeps you from fully engaging in work or family life.