People can become addicted to many things: drugs, alcohol, gambling, and, yes, sex. All pleasure is processed in the brain in the same way, and releases dopamine, the “feel-good” chemical.
Many times, people become addicted to a certain product or action because it prompts the release of this chemical. Habitual engagement and overexposure to an activity causes the brain to produce dopamine with the activity.
Naturally, or without the activity, the brain begins to produce less dopamine than before – which can lead an individual to feel dependent on the activity. Unlike drugs, alcohol, and other addictions, sex addiction can be particularly difficult to identify and overcome, because sex is a natural part of life.
Healthy Sex vs. Sexual Addiction
Identifying healthy sex from a sexual obsession or addiction can be difficult. Most of us have a libido that creates a desire for sex. However, it becomes an issue when the act of sex becomes more important than the other person involved.
While it’s coined as a “sexual addiction,” the root cause is often a deeper mental battle. Below are some signs that are typical in someone with a sex addiction:
- Habitual Masturbation
In general, masturbation is normal for both men and women. It becomes a cause for concern if it’s excessive, such as several times per day. An individual with this addiction may regularly think about the next time they’ll be able to do it, and even think of excuses to get away from social situations to do it.
- Insatiable Sex Drive
Individuals struggling with sex addiction may feel like they’re never satisfied. Engaging in sexual activity causes them to want more and more. If they’re not partaking in sex, they’re often thinking about it.
- Multiple Partners
An individual with this type of addiction will attempt to have multiple people they can get together for sexual interactions. This causes a struggle to maintain a healthy relationship for many people with sexual addictions.
- Habitual Phone Sex or Online Sex
Many sex addicts who are trying to sustain a monogamous relationship go around the infidelity issue by using online cybersex partners, or calling sex hotlines to have phone sex with strangers. They may also be addicted to watching pornography online.
Who Can Help Me Overcome Sex Addiction?
Dealing with a sexual addiction makes it difficult to maintain a normal life, and can even affect your loved ones. While it can feel like you’re confined in a cycle of repetitive sexual behavior, the professionals at Advanced Psychology Partners can help you overcome your sexual addiction.
You are just one call away to a healthier, happier sex life. It is possible to achieve optimum sexual health with the professionals at Advanced Psychology Partners. We offer personalized, results-driven therapy in a comfortable, private environment for patients of all sexual orientations.
We offer comfortable, discreet counseling with compassion and respect. To take the first step to sexual satisfaction, contact us today. Call (973) 743-2990 or complete our online appointment request form now. Let us help you achieve a satisfying lifestyle again.