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What is Sex Addiction?
In the new ICD-11, sexual addiction is a subtype of Impulse Control Disorders: Sexually Compulsive Behavior Disorder (SCBD).
According to the ICD-11 sex addiction is characterized by a persistent pattern of failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges, over an extended period (e.g. six months or more), that causes marked distress or impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning. The pattern is seen in one or more of the following:
What is a Sex Addict?
Sexual addiction (also known as “Sexually Compulsive Behavior Disorder,”) is characterized by a persistent pattern of failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges, over an extended period of six months or more. These behaviors cause marked distress or impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.
Some characteristics of sex addiction include:
Am I a Sex Addict?
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As a spouse/partner of a Sex Addict, you need to reach out today to gain the support and guidance you deserve as you navigate the path toward your healing and recovery. We will support your desire for truthful and complete disclosure in a manner that rebuilds trust between the parties. We will help you find your voice, gain empowerment, and build boundaries to keep you safe as you journey through discovery, disclosure and recovery.
For most marriages impacted by sex addiction, it starts in adolescence with normal curiosity, but for millions of people, it triggers the pleasure center of the brain in a deeper way, and obsession and preoccupation with fantasy and lustful thoughts begin to occupy more time. From there, isolation increases and compulsive behavior ensues. It may develop into long hours on the internet looking at pornography or obsessed with chat rooms, hookup or dating sites, and sexual objectification in many forms.
Whether it is your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, we will support you with the resources needed to keep you anchored during this journey.