Sexual addiction is a popular model TO explain hypersexuality–sexual urges, behaviors, or thoughts that appear extreme in frequency or feel out of one’s control. Hypersexuality is typically associated with lowered sexual inhibitions, and alcohol and some drugs can affect a person’s social and sexual inhibitions.
The term “sexual addiction” is used to describe the behavior of a person who has an unusually intense sex drive or an obsession with sex. Sex and the thought of sex tend to dominate the sex addicts thinking, making it difficult to work or engage in healthy personal relationships. Sex addicts engage in distorted thinking, often rationalizing and justifying their behavior and blaming others for problems. They generally deny they have a problem and make excuses for their actions. Sexual addiction also is associated with risk-taking. A person with a sex addiction engages in various forms of sexual activity, despite the potential for negative and/or dangerous consequences. In addition to damaging the addict’s relationships and interfering with his or her work and social life, a sexual addiction also puts the person at risk for emotional and physical injury. Generally, a person with a sex addiction gains little satisfaction from the sexual activity and forms no emotional bond with his or her sex partners. In addition, the problem of sex addiction often leads to feelings of guilt and shame. A sex addict also feels a lack of control over the behavior, despite negative consequences (financial, health, social, and emotional).
Partners of sex addicts need just as much assistance in overcoming the consequences of sex addiction, even though they don’t have an infatuation with the subject. There are multiple elements that go into a partner’s well-being, all of which may be tested, from emotional manipulation to resulting health problems.
- BROKEN RELATIONSHIP
Sex addicts often suffer from BROKEN relationships or a distance that MAKES intimacy difficult at best. While the addiction may be able to easily go out and take part in sexual relations with others, remaining close to the individual that he or she loves can be challenging. An estimated 40% of all sex addicts suffer from marital stress, intense anxiety, loneliness, and loss of self-esteem.
Broken relationships are a very common outcome for those suffering from sexual addiction.
- ADULTERY & BETRAYAL
It’s difficult for most partners in A relationship to accept that their loved ONE committed the ultimate betrayal. Unfortunately, for the sex addict, committing adultery or cheating on the spouse may become a way of life and although the addict may or may not want to stop, he or she finds that the actions tend to occur over and over again. Betrayal breaks trust, makes it difficult to feel comfortable with the individual and can ruin a relationship faster than just about anything.
As if discovering that there is betrayal IN a relationship isn’t enough to cause serious problems, disease such as STDs like HIV, AIDS, HPV, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted disease can wreak havoc on a relationship. Contracting an STD and then accidentally passing the disease on to someone you love is a serious, but completely possible, outcome of sexually addictive behavior. For most partners, bouncing back from the fact that the spouse, and his or her sexual betrayal resulted in disease transmission is almost impossible to overcome or to forgive.
Relationships struggle when two people are apart. It takes a very, very strong bond for a relationship to continue when there is great distance between two partners. Unfortunately, sexual ADDICTION can lead to incarceration which can place a great deal of strain on an already strained relationship. Sex addicts get arrested for sexually explicit behavior, acting out, being involved in prostitution, or otherwise having involvement in sexually explicit behaviors in public.
- IMPACTS ON MARRIAGE & INTIMACY
For a married couple, finding out that A spouse has cheated even once is hard. Many married couples who have a partner who is a sex addict find that the betrayal runs much deeper. It is not uncommon for a sex addict to have multiple partners or cases of cheating that occur. The impact that sexual addiction has on a marriage can be sodevastating that the marriage will probably not last, at least not without counseling. For most married couples, sexual addiction is a disease that results in complete devestation.
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