Sex Addicts Often ….
- Pursue sexual interests obsessively, despite personal and professional risks
- Live secret lives steeped in lies and shame
- Use sex to relieve or escape anxiety
- Find it hard to connect feelings of intimacy with sexual behaviors
- Violate their own ethical, moral and professional principles
Other Signs You May Notice Over Time
- Loss of control of sexual impulses
- Loss of discrimination toward sex objects or partners
- Preoccupation with the search for sexual outlets
- Increased sex drive that is neither emotionally satisfying nor pleasurable
- Ritualization resulting in a trance-like state, oblivious to negative consequences
Are You a Sex Addict?
If you answer Yes to three or more of the following questions, your sexual expression may be out of control and causing you (and your family) great harm.
Do You …
- Become irritable if sex is not available?
- Believe that sex is your most important need?
- Keep secrets around viewing pornography and/or visiting adult websites?
- Struggle with others telling you “All you think about is sex!”
- Repeatedly argue with your partner about frequency of sex?
- Lie to get sex?
- Put yourself and others at risk by engaging in unsafe sex?
- Need to be sexual with strangers?
- Lie to cover up sexual acts?
- Feel at times that your sexuality is out of control?
- Swear off certain sexual behaviors but then find yourself repeating them anyway?
- Worry that your secret life might be revealed?