Addiction can be defined as a pathologic relationship with any mood altering substance or process that results in life damaging consequences. Sexual addiction is characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Although sex is necessary for survival of the species, when this instinct exceeds its proper function, serious problems may arise. It is at that point that the natural asset of sexual desire becomes a physical and mental liability. 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." So a sex addict will continue to compulsively engage in sexual behaviors, even in the face of potential health risks, financial problems, relationship problems, or arrests.
A wide variety of behaviors can occur with this disease. Examples may include:
• compulsive masturbation
Guilt and shame are often associated with compulsively acting out sexually. Sometimes, the sex addict will remain in denial until something bad happens as a result of the addiction; such as job loss, divorce, sexually related health issues, or legal problems. Failed promises to stop the behavior is a strong indicator of possible sexual addiction.
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