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Warning Signs of Sexual Addiction

Sex addicts have varying patterns that can result in very different ways of acting out. Below are some general warning signs of sex addiction:

Secretive or Dangerous Sexual Behaviors

  • Lying about or hiding sexual activities
  • Having sex regardless of the consequences (e.g., the threat of being caught or facing financial problems, or the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease)
  • Engaging in the practice of voyeurism or exhibitionism in ways that bring discomfort, pain or legal problems
  • Legal or career problems due to sexual behaviors

Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors

  • Having sex at inappropriate times, in inappropriate places and/or with inappropriate people
  • Unknowingly flirting with or sexualizing someone
  • Compromising one’s reputation due to sexual behavior
  • Having a serious relationship threatened or destroyed because of outside sexual activity
  • Feeling uncomfortable about masturbation because of the frequency, the fantasies one engages in, props used or places one masturbates
  • Feeling entitled to sex

Using Sex to “Cope” With Problems or Needing More Sex to Feel “Normal”

  • Having sex with someone you didn’t find sexually desirable or who you didn’t want to have sex with for other reasons
  • Believing that sex will make life bearable
  • Having sex to try to deal with or escape from life’s problems
  • Needing greater variety and energy in sexual activities just to achieve an “acceptable” level of physical and emotional relief (sex addiction withdrawal)

Uncontrollable, Compulsive Sexual Behaviors or Thoughts

  • Unsuccessfully trying to stop troublesome sexual behavior on your own
  • Feeling that life is unmanageable because of compulsive sexual thoughts or behaviors
  • Feeling you could do more with your life if you were not so driven by sexual pursuits
  • Inability to concentrate on other areas of life because of thoughts or feelings about sex
  • Obsessing about a specific sexual act even though these thoughts bring pain, cravings or discomfort
  • A wish to stop or control sexual activities for a given period of time
  • Losing count of the number of sexual partners

Feelings of Shame or Self-Hatred About Sexual Behaviors

  • Finding the emotional pain in your life increasing no matter what you do
  • Feeling that you lack dignity and wholeness
  • Needing to have sex in order to feel like a “real man” or a “real woman”
  • Feeling desperate about the need for a lover, sexual fix or future mate

Self-Worth or Happiness Tied to Sex

  • Uneasiness when away from lover or sexual partner
  • Feeling that life would have no meaning without sex
  • Feeling that the only (or major) value in a relationship is the ability to perform sexually
  • Feeling unable to leave a relationship
  • Finding a sexual behavior unrewarding or unsatisfying
  • Feeling that your sexual life affects your spiritual, personal or work life in a negative way

Do these warning signs sound familiar? Call us for a free, confidential assessment and benefits check: 888-844-5865.

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