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Sex Addiction

Is Sex Addiction a real thing?

How can any one be addicted to sex?  Like any other addiction it’s a way of controlling the pain and emptiness that you cart around day after day. Continual sexual acting out floods the brain with dopamine and other pleasure chemicals. Using the intense stimulation of sex to numb, shut down or distracts us from the real pain of loneliness and desperation that comes with sex addiction.

Sex addiction can be defined as a sexually-related compulsive behaviour that ultimately impares or disrupts other areas of normal living. Despite the consequences, a sex addict will continue his or her behaviour making the cycle harder and hard to get out of.

What we do know, is sex addiction generally develops in people who already have addiction running in their family or who have been sexually abused or neglected in their childhood.

Dr Patrick Carnes, the father of sex addiction recovery, estimates that between three to six percent of the population are suffering with the disease of sexually compulsive addiction. Sex addiction does not discriminate, does not have a certain profile. Sex addiction can form in anyone from pre-teens to senior citizens, any gender, nationality or sexual orientation.

At the Radiant Group we understand that recovery can not be a cookie cutter approach.

If you need an individualised, client centered treatment plan with therapists who are specifically trained to treat sex addiction, we are here to help.

If you or someone you love is struggling with unhelpful behaviours around sex or pornography you do not have to suffer in silence. You deserve to be leading the best life you can and if these behaviours are holding you back are here to help.

Ask yourself these questions, are you ?

Preoccupied – Do you often find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts?

Ashamed – Do you hide some of your sexual behavior from others?

Treatment – Have you ever sought therapy for sexual behavior you did not like?

Hurt others – Has anyone been hurt emotionally because of your sexual behavior?

Out of control – Do you feel controlled by your sexual desire?

Sad – When you have sex, do you feel depressed afterwards?

If you answered yes to anyone of these questions, perhaps you may need an assessment with a certified sex addiction therapist. If you answered yes to to or more, this would certainly indicate sexual addiction.