Clinical Definition

The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” In other words, a sex addict will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviors despite facing potential health risks, financial problems, shattered relationships or even arrest.

In his article, What is Sex Addiction? Michael Herkov, Ph.D gives a brief overview of the disorder and displays some of its challenges.