More than any of the other addictions, this one is currently met with the most confusion and skepticism, not unlike alcoholism in the beginning years of AA or more recently the addition of gambling into the field of addiction. I am not an expert and can only speak with the authority of my own experience. I will share with you all of the information I have gathered so far and how I understand it. Below you will also find plenty of resources from experts to help explain this overwhelming compulsion. New entries will be made regularly, so keep coming back!
"The weeks after a male public figure is caught in a sex scandal are predictable, especially when it comes to politicians: His name will be dragged through tabloids and reputable news outlets alike, he’ll offer a public apology and check himself into sex addiction rehab and he’ll re-emerge months later a new man. Or will he?"
Sex addiction isn't just painful for the addict directly. Many people are affected by this cunning disease, but possibly none more than the partner of a sex addict. Often left uncared for, this person is offered few to no resources for their own healing, but this book is one of the great reads that is changing that!
I don't hold an opinion on porn being good or bad, but this study certainly brings up some concerning connections between porn and our ability to perform.
A great resource for anyone wanting to learn a little (or a lot) about sex addiction.
If you are looking for that one article that can really explain what sex addiction is, where it comes from and how it can be treated, look no further! This concise piece really works to inform those wanting to read just one thing or those who want a springboard to really delve into this issue.
A strong majority of people who find out I'm a sex addict confide in me that they are worried they are as well. That is certainly not for me to decide, but here is a quick self assessment consisting of 12 questions that may help provide some clarity.
For years addiction has been looked at as a behavioral issue, despite rising research that showed otherwise. Now after a 4 year study involving over 80 experts the American Society of Addiction Medicine has brought its definition up to date.
Whether you are trying to be prepared for future temptation or in the heart of it currently, check out these great tips for getting out of that sticky situation before it's too late!
Sex addiction is often looked at as a moral problem, but there is much more to it that that. This affliction has more to do with the brain than it does with a faulty moral compass. Here is a quick read on brain chemistry in relation to sex addiction.
Being a female is confusing at best. Being a female sex addict, well...
A story of addiction from all over the world told by medical professionals, addicts, artists, drug dealers, revolutionaries and all those in between. This is the most amazing book on addiction I've read yet!
"The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being."
Take the quiz here to get your ACE score.
Many think claiming sex as an addiction offers those suffering from it an excuse for their harmful behavior. In recovery we learn that we must take responsibility for our actions and ourselves. This quick article by Barb Rogers gives a concise explanation of where sex addiction comes from. It also provides a simple breakdown of 5 signs that someone may be a sex addict.
Hot Healthy Sex, you say? Tell me more! This book is exciting in both concept and content. It is a must read for the recovering addict ready to pursue a healthy sex life with a little spice.
Many people I've spoken with have a difficult time understanding what sex addiction looks like. I offer this comparison to alcoholism because it is an addiction most people are familiar with. Each addiction comes with its own nuances, but in my experience sex addiction resembles alcohol addiction in these ways.
A studied released in 2014 reveals that brain scans of sex addicts more closely resemble those of drug users than healthy volunteers.
A vast majority of sex addicts have experienced some form of sexual abuse or abandonment at a young age. Statistically, this occurs to more girls than boys. So I'm curious, why am I often the only female in my recovery rooms?
With so much confusion surrounding sex addiction, a good place to start is a solid clinical definition of what it actually entails. Check out this great article that does just that.
Sex addiction brings up one consistent response: confusion. Many people ask me what it means to be a sex addict, and most of them don't care for hearing the scientific explanation. Here is how I explain it in layman's terms.
An essential guide to addiction, recovery and living with change. Hits on the spiritual level as well as the intellectual level.
What sex addiction is not
- Just being promiscuous
- A “high sex drive”
- Being a slut, player, etc.
- Even really about sex
- Simply “too much sex”
- An excuse for "deviant" behavior
- A problem made up for celebrities to get out of trouble
- A way people brush off responsibility
- Something that only affects "seedy" people
- Going away because we ignore it
Sex and Love Addiction Resources
- Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) Literature
- Is SLAA for You?
- SLAA Frequently Asked Questions
- 40 Questions for Self Diagnosis
- SLAA Guidelines
- Find a Meeting Near You
- What to do if There Are No Meetings Near You
- 40 Recovery Tools
- Positive and Negative Recovery Behaviors
- Advice for Recovery from Addicts
- Tools for Success: Stress Reducers
- Qualities for a Healthy Relationship
- SLAA Online Women's Group
- Glossary of SLAA Terms
- Partners of Sex & Love Addicts (COSLAA)
- Love Addicts Anonymous (LAA)
- Find a LAA Meeting Near You
- Sexual Anorexia
- Find a S-Anon Meeting Near You
- NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
- SUICIDE HELPLINE
- MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS HOTLINE
Sex Addiction Resources
- Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)
- Are You a Sex Addict?
- Is SAA for You?
- Self Assessment
- A Pathway to Recovery
- Anonymity Within the Program
- SAA Program Guidelines
- Find an SAA Meeting Near You
- What to do if There Are No Meetings Near You
- SAA for Women
- SAA Literature
- Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
- Find an SA Meeting Near You
- Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA)
- Find an SCA Meeting Near You
- Sexual Recovery Anonymous (SRA)
- Find a SRA Meeting Near You
- Partners of Sex Addicts (COSA)
- Find a COSA Meeting
- Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)
- Find a CoDA Meeting Near You
- Recovering Couples Anonymous (RCA)
- Find a RCA Meeting Near You