Sexual addiction implies an unusually expressed sexual urge or obsession with sexual activity. People with this problem are mentally focused on sexual content and activities, and this type of obsessive thinking impedes them in everyday functioning at work or in the healthy interpersonal relationships.
Sexual addiction is connected with risky behavior. A person enters this type of activity regardless of the consequences. With this behavior, they are hurting their social and business life, and these individuals can emotionally or physically hurt others in their surroundings. Some of these people can be involved in exhibition activities, they can conduct telephone conversations that contain sex messages, or they can rarely force someone to engage in sexual activity. However, it is important to point out that sexual addicts do not necessarily have to be involved in acts of sexual coercion.
The most common forms of behavior that indicate sexual addiction are:
- Compulsive masturbation
- Multiple connections (adultery)
- Overuse of pornography
- Multiple partners or numerous one-night encounters
- Sex without protection
- Telephone or Internet sexual activity (“cybersex”)
- Prostitution or use of prostitution services
- Exhibitionism (e.g., sexted publicity in public places, etc.)
- Obsessive dating with partners through personal ads
In general, people who are sexually active addicts experience little or no satisfaction in sexual activity and do not bind emotionally to their sexual partners. The problem with this type of addiction is that it usually leads to feelings of guilt and shame. These people also feel that they have no control over their behavior, despite the negative consequences (financial, health, social and emotional).
Most sex addicts deny having a problem, and the treatment of addiction depends on accepting and recognizing their problem. In many cases, it takes something important from the outside to happen for the problem to be acknowledged – loss of work, divorce, arrest, or health threat. It includes education on healthy sexuality, individual, and family psychotherapy. Many of these disorders treat as an obsessive-compulsive disorder, so they focus on working with obsessive thoughts of sexual content and then on compulsive sexual activity.