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Sex and Porn Addiction Recovery

Internet Pornography

Unsafe sexual practices

Risky and costly sexual behaviors

Loss of work or time

Damage to interpersonal relationships

Sexual addictions can devastate relationships and our sense of well-being. Discovering the underlying elements to addiction may help those not understand their behaviors, but also how they generally show up in other ways.    

Sex Addictions

Sex addiction, porn addiction, and love/relationship addiction are terms used to describe a preoccupation with, and compulsive behaviors related to sex and/or love and romantic relationships. Love and sex addicts often suffer deep underlying emotional pain which often gets in the way of their relationships. This often includes stress, anxiety, depression, and social isolation. When it comes to sex, those suffering from a sexual addiction often spend an unhealthy amount of time engaging in behaviors such as porngraphy use, solicitation of sex workers, attendance at sex clubs, and online chatrooms. They may seek out extramarital affairs or engage in behaviors that may place their relationship at risk. They may often revert to keeping their behaviors secret from others and find it difficult to control their behaviors despite negative consequences. Once an intervening event such as the discovery of an affair is discovered, the individual or the partner may find themselves in a great deal of worry, guilt, shame or pain.  

 

These sexual behaviors may be used as a form of psychological or emotional medication and may occasion short-term satisfaction or relief. However, in time, symptoms are likely to worsen and create significant psychological harm to the person's well-being. Sexual behaviors can sometimes incorrectly label the person, but what is important is that while the behavior may seem odd or extreme to some, it’s the behavior that is really the problem, not the person. Once the person can heal their association with their behaviors or compulsions, the person can learn to embrace a healthy dynamic to their sexuality.

In therapy, individuals are encouraged to explore the underlying causes, modes of operation, or habitual components relating to their sexual behaviors. By understanding how some of these factors contribute to their compulsive behaviors, we can determine the appropriate course of treatment. Some treatments focus on behavioral change while others require deeper explorations which aim to resolve core mechanisms which may guide soothing or compulsive behaviors.

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