What is it?

Sex addiction refers to an irresistible urge to engage in sexual activities to attain the same kind of gratification that an individual with substance use disorder obtains from drinking or someone with opiate use disorder attains from using opiates.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Sexual addiction
- Sex

Signs & symptoms

Signs that characterize sex addiction include:
- Chronic, obsessive sexual thoughts
- Compulsive relations with multiple partners
- Lying to cover behaviors


Diagnosis of sex addiction is controversial, and it common to get treatments if you believe you suffer from an issue and can't control it by yourself.


Treatment of sex addictions include:
- Inpatient treatment - Treatment centers that offer sex addiction recovery problems.
- 12-step programs - Following the same recovery model as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) - This type of therapy can help a person identify triggers for sexual impulses and ultimately teach them how to alter behaviors.
- Medication - Certain antidepressants might help alleviate urges, thoughts, and fantasies of sex.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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