Porn & Sexual Addiction: Sex Addicts Killing Love for Lust
What is Sexual Addiction?
Sexual Addiction can occur when a person begins to have trouble controlling certain sexual behaviors and impulses. Their sexual relationships, habits and needs may become consistently excessive and compulsive and their sexual thoughts, fantasies and desires may become increasingly extreme and obsessive in nature.They will also spend an unreasonable amount of time engaged in sexual activities and the activities related to obtaining more opportunities to engage in those activities.
The person will not be able to stop these behaviors, despite the negative consequences that begin to have an impact on many other areas of the person's life, including their health, personal relationships and work or family commitments. In time they will find less and less satisfaction in their sexual activities, and will be unable to form an emotional bond with any of their sexual partners.
Their behaviors and sexual impulses may also have a negative effect on their lovers and family members or may invade the rights of sex partners or unwilling victims, which may lead to feelings of guilt or shame. If they do not seek help, then over time these feelings may diminish, and their behavior may end up leading to serious health issues, emotional and social problems, financial difficulties, relationship failures and even problems with the law.
Behaviors associated with sexual addiction:
* Excessive and compulsive masturbation (self-stimulation)
* Multiple extra-marital affairs
* Multiple and/or anonymous sexual partners and/or one-night stands
* Excessive and consistent use of pornography
* Unsafe sexual practices
* Phone or computer sex (cyber-sex)
* Prostitution or use of prostitutes
* Obsessive and excessive use of classified ads and/or online dating sites
* Voyeurism (watching others) and/or stalking
* Sexual harassment
Note: The list above shows examples of possible behaviors that a sex addict may engage in. Usually, a sex addict will engage in a combination of some of the behaviors listed, but rarely all of them.. Different individuals will engage in different combination's; some only a few, others more. Generally, if a sex addict does not not attempt to modify their behavior and curb their addiction, they will engage in more behaviors, and more frequently, as time goes by. This is the nature of addictive behavior.
It is very important to bear in mind that just because somebody is a sex addict, it does not necessarily mean that they are engaging in illegal behavior. Indeed, many addicts never will, although as with any addiction, an addict is more likely to engage in increasingly risky behavior as time goes on and they need a bigger "hit" to get their "fix". Further more, sex addicts will become skilled at "covering their tracks" and finding ways to indulge in their addiction without getting caught.
If you suspect your partner is a sex addict, urge them to seek help, for their sake and yours, but if they are not able to "see the light", be sure to put your own well being first and end the relationship. It may be hard to even consider this, but the pain will be much less than what you would have to endure in the long run...
Information and Helpful Resources:
- Sexual Addiction Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Get the facts on sex addiction, behavior of someone who has an unusually strong sex drive or sexual obsession. Sex and thoughts of sex dominate a sex addict's thinking, making it difficult to work or engage in healthy personal relationships.
- Sexual Addiction: Diagnosis and Treatment - Psychiatric Times
- Sexual Addiction
Most common among men, sexual addiction is an overwhelming desire to have sex.
- Internet Porn Addiction - Signs, Stats, Help and Treatment
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- Pornography on a Roll: Set to Destroy Your Life!
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- Sex Addict Treatment
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- Infidelity:Is it an affair or sex addiction?
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- Treatment options for sex addiction - South Pacific Private Rehab Hospital
Treatment Options for Sex Addiction address the Addicts compulsive activities (sex, masturbation, watching porn) and underlying issues such as family history.
- Treatment of Sexual Addiction - HealthyPlace
Detailed info on treatment of sexual addiction including counseling, 12-step spiritual recovery programs and medical intervention.
- Sexual Recovery Institute :: Sexual Addiction Treatment Programs for Individuals and Couples
The Sexual Recovery Institute provides Southern California with treatment for sexual addiction, cybersex, sexual affair, sexual compulsion, infidelity, anonymous sex, compulsive masturbation, sexual arrest and more.
The Slayer of True Love
A poetic and philosophical tale of my painful journey alongside, and then away from, a sexual addict.
Maybe you felt inadequate, unworthy, alone, and afraid. Perhaps your insides never matched what you saw on the outsides of others.
I guess you came to feel disconnected—from parents, from peers, from yourself. You tuned out with fantasy and masturbation. You plugged in by drinking in the pictures, the images, and pursuing the objects of your fantasies. You lusted and wanted to be lusted after.
You became a true addict: sex with self, sex with others, group sex, promiscuity, dangerous or unsafe sex, dependency relationships, kept alive longer with yet more fantasy and sometimes even adultery.
You got it through the eyes; you bought it, you stole it, you traded it, you sold it and you gave it away. You were addicted to the intrigue, the tease, the dangerous, the mysterious, the taboo, the forbidden... In the end the only way you knew to be free of it was to do it, over and over again, even while you wondered if something was not right, and even after you finally realized just how destructive it was and could be ....
"Please connect with me and make me whole!" you screamed to me with outstretched arms, and I ran to you.
But still lusting after the Big Fix, you took away my power, and kept it for your own.
All this produced was guilt, self-hatred, remorse, emptiness, and pain. You were driven ever inwards, away from reality, away from love, away from me, lost inside yourself, inside your fantasies. Your true self became separated from the self you showed the world and then was gradually buried beneath layers of scar tissue, your senses desensitized by all those painful, scary feelings till the only ones you noticed were not uncomfortable, not unwanted... Over time those feeling became so familiar to you that they actually became comforting, you wanted them more and more until like any true addiction, they became necessary for you to feel normal, to function normally.
Your fantasy became your reality. And fantasy corrupted the real; lust killed your love.
Like the most drugs that are bad for you, the addiction to your own emotional chemicals came at a high price. Your habit made true intimacy impossible. You could never experience a real union because you were addicted to the unreal. You were addicted to the instant gratification obtained from the "chemistry" of lust, the novelty of which ran out quickly, causing you to look else where for another hit, never even knowing that you continued to by-pass the road towards a much nicer, healthier and longer lasting chemical state that can only be achieved with real intimacy and true union: the non-toxic, self sustaining, stable and wonderfully satisfying chemical state achieved with true love.
First a lust addict, and then a love cripple, you took from me and others to fill up what was lacking in yourself. Conning yourself time and again that the next one would satisfy you, unaware that you were really losing yourself as you continued to bury your real self deeper and deeper inside. Losing yourself and at the same time wasting your life as the years ticked by...
Eventually, you buried your real self so deep inside that you forgot that it was there. You also forgot that I was there. Indeed, you buried your true self so deep inside that it became almost impossible for that self to ever be found again. Impossible, except for one special person who could still see a faint light shining within you, who was hopeful enough to look closer, and who instantly recognized that treasure buried deep inside you. That one person who possessed a unique ability to see your heart and soul trapped deep inside the shell you had become.
This one person may have been the only person who could ever have saved you, but you would not let them, you did not want them to.
You didn't want to be saved at all.
That courageous person with that special ability could have unlocked
the chains that still bind you, opened the lid closed for so long, and
explored your inner most recesses, flooding your depths with their warm
light, as they searched. They would never have faltered, only looked
deeper and deeper until they had found the treasure you never even knew
you had lost, but they had sensed was there.
Once they had found your real, true self; cold, malnourished, and cowering from their light yet yearning for their warmth, they would have had the courage to reach out, touched your heart and then grabbed your soul by the hand, to bring you back to the outside. Sheer strength of character would have maintained their stamina, and they would never have let go, but persevered past the point of spirit endurance until they had lifted up your soul, gained your trust, lent you strength, offered you life saving warmth and nourishment, and nurtured you until you shone back with your own bright light, reached out to touch them with your own warm hands.
Then you would have opened your eyes to see it had been me who came and found you. I would never have given up if you had let me try. Together, we could have walked side by side, hand in hand along the rest of life's road, basking in each others warmth and lighting each others path, and sharing the beauty of intimacy.
But instead, the morbid, solitary darkness of fantasy and lust slayed the beautiful, warm light of love and reality, forever.
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