What is Sexual Addiction?

Is my sexual behavior normal?

Problematic sexual behavior does not necessarily mean that you are a “sex addict.” There are many other conditions and problems which can cause sexual behavior to get out of control. You might wonder if you have a sexual addiction when you actually have normal behavior. It may take some soul searching and professional help to decide if sex addiction is really the problem.

Definitions and behaviors of sexual addiction

Sexual addiction comes in many different forms. There is no single type of behavior or even amount of behavior that will indicate you are a sexual addict. The problem is much more complex than can be explained in a few words and if you have been living the life of a sex addict, you know how difficult it is to describe what you are experiencing.

Three basic things to consider when you define sex addiction are:

  • Do I have a sense that I have lost control over whether or not I engage in my specific out-of-control sexual behavior?
  • Am I experiencing significant consequences because of my specific out-of-control sexual behavior?
  • Do I feel like I am constantly thinking about my specific out-of-control sexual behavior, even when I don’t want to?

If the three questions are answered “yes,” then you may want to seek further help to begin to sort out the complexities of your sexual behavior and find out for certain if sexual addiction is the best descriptor of your problem.