There is a unique complexity to an addiction to sex and to this day many psychologists have difficulty determining if it is an obsessive-compulsive disorder or an addictive disorder. As of this point in time there has not been any extensive research done into this condition, however it does express the same processes that underlie most compulsive behaviours:
A strong tendency to engage in some form of pleasure-producing behaviour to regulate unwanted emotional states that can be painful and in some cases extremely overwhelming.
As is a common symptom of sexual behaviour and is common to almost all addictions is a problem with self-care and self-regulation. Achieving a sense of self-governance is a part of the treatment to sex addiction among others.
Many people are trapped in the never ending cycle that is their addiction with its loss of control, shame, distress and severe negative impacts on work, relationships, finances and self-esteem. Yet the pros seem to somehow outweigh the cons as they crave the irresistible sexual rush, regardless of the ever apparent consequences.
Whether you’re making that call for yourself, or on behalf of somebody else, we will be able to provide all the help you need.