Am I A Sex Addict?

Learn about the symptoms and how to heal

Am I a Sex Addict?

You may be interested to know that there are over 20 million Americans currently wrestling with sex addiction and compulsivity.

Healthy sexuality is a completely normal human behavior to enjoy. It’s pleasurable for you and your partner, and it activates a core appetite similar to the ones we have for safety, food, drink, exercise, and sleep.

Like most human behaviors, the appetite for sex can exceed norms and start to interfere with one’s daily habits and relationships. If you’re curious whether or not you’re a sex addict, then you’ve come to the right place. 

In our over 25 years of counseling sex addicts and their partners, we’ve treated people with respect and dignity, no matter how serious the situation. We can help you get back to the person you are meant to be.

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How do I know if I’m a Sex Addict?

Have you been denying or defending compulsive sexual thoughts/behaviors?

Have you experienced the pain of isolation, shame or guilt? 

Have you seen the pain in your partner’s eyes, or experienced the negative impact on your work, finances, or health as a result of your sexual addiction?

 Here are some of the behaviors typically endorsed:

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I Think I am a Sex Addict.

Considering this possibility is the first step to recovery. If you relate to the above behaviors, keep reading.

You are worthy of love and you deserve acceptance.

Too many sex addicts get stuck in a shame cycle, feeling hopeless or incapable of repairing the impact it has had on their lives and relationships. If this is you, you need to accept that you are a person worthy of love, and realize it’s your behavior that’s unacceptable, but you are a human being worthy of love. 

We work with you to help you gain insight and understanding into your worth and value as an individual.

To read more about how we do this, please visit our page on Sex Addiction Therapy and Treatment. If you have concerns that you might be struggling with a sex addiction, please reach out to schedule a confidential meeting.

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I Am a Woman Addicted to Sex

For women in the 21st century, it may be difficult to distinguish between acceptable and problematic sexual behavior. Women are inundated with cultural cues to follow male concepts of love and sex. Many women have shared that they feel they have to be hypersexual in order to find a life partner. Others have said they have used their sexuality in unhealthy ways to feel powerful and gain back control. 

You’re not alone.

There are increasing numbers of female sex addicts, with millions of women struggling to find a way out of the habits they have fallen into. You’re uniquely you, and while you may meet the criteria of a sex addict, there are usually other factors that may have led to where you are. Let’s start the conversation so we can get you back to being the best version of yourself.

I Am a Man Addicted to Sex

Often men have a harder time seeking the support they deserve. They often think their behavior is acceptable in our sexualized culture, reasoning it away with the all to common assumption, “after all, don’t all men look at porn?”.

If men are discovered, they may feel embarrassed, angry or inadequate despite multiple failed attempts to stop on their own, to no avail. There are many factors including cultural, familial and early exposure to sex and sexuality that have led you to where you are.

There is estimated to be over 10 million new male sex addicts every year.  Yet millions of sex addiction recovery success stories are written every year as well. Be the next one and start a confidential chat with us today.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Traumatic events
  2. Childhood sexual, emotional, physical abuse
  3. Obsessive thinking 
  4. Compulsively – unable to control impulses
  5. Shame
  6. Isolation
  7. Loneliness
  8. Fear of Intimacy
  9. Unstable or dysfunctional family
  10. Domestic abuse 
  11. Childhood emotional neglect
  12. Early sexualization
  13. Entitlement
  14. Poor self esteem
  15. Mental health – mood and personality disorders
  16. Media portrayals of hypersexual men and women
  17. Hypersexuality normalized in peer groups and culture
  18. Cultural norms of gender power and control differences

Have you been denying or defending compulsive sexual thoughts/behaviors?

Have you experienced the pain of isolation and shame?

Have you seen the pain in your partner’s eyes, or experienced the negative impact on your work, finances, or health as a result of your sexual addiction? 

Begin your journey toward healing and wholeness with the support of experienced professionals today.