Sex Addiction

What Causes an Addiction to Sex?

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Sexual addiction can develop due to factors that encompass all aspects of an individual’s life. I find sex addiction is most likely to form in childhood or the teen years.  The factors that lead to sex addiction are: Biological: Genes: You may have a genetic predisposition to emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, or sensation-seeking behavior. You may also have a predisposition to other traits that are commonly associated with sexual addiction, like anxiety or depression. Psychological: Environmental influences: Early-life environmental factors, including adverse events like abuse or...

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Similarities Between Sex Addiction and Drug Addiction

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Effects on the Brain Drug addiction and sex addiction have similar effects on the brain—both primarily influence the brain’s reward system through a neurotransmitter called dopamine. When a person satisfies a need or desire that is vital to survival or reproduction, dopamine is released, causing the person to experience pleasure or euphoria. This reinforces the expectation of reward and increases the desire to engage in the underlying behavior. The use of a drug stimulates the release of dopamine and mimics those behaviors necessary for survival, causing a person to become...

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Am I Married to a Sex Addict?

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In dealing with partners of sex addicts, what I find is “they know something is off with their spouse”, but become convinced by their partner they are crazy.  If this is your situation, you may be facing a sexually addicted spouse.  Sex addicts are very good at their game of deception.  They are secretive, deflective, and determined to hide all of the acting out behaviors. Sex addicts are masters at deflecting negative comments about themselves, and implying that you are inferior in some way (i.e nagging, unloving, crazy, etc). It is crucial for you to recognize this pattern and stop...

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Why Sex Addicts Disclose

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By disclosing everything, the addict is honoring the partner and then knows the partner is making a choice to stay based on truth and honesty, not lies. The partner is usually relieved and more hopeful after full disclosure. Many times sex addicts disclose their behavior because of shame and guilt that overwhelms them. Other addicts are forced to disclose due to a friend, family member, or a therapist that insists on it. They figure it is better to tell and do damage control than for their partner to hear about the acting out from an outside party. There are also times addicts feel their...

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