does Sexual Addiction cause or make worse?
Sexual addiction ...
makes other types of addiction worse. In a 1992 study, 42% of sexually
addicted individuals were also chemically or alcohol dependent, 38% had a
concurrent eating disorder, 28% had issues with compulsive working, 26% were
compulsive spenders, and 5% were compulsive gamblers.
addiction ('cybersex') can lead to so-called 'Offline' sexual addiction -
compulsive, risky or out of control behaviour with real people, often involving
prostitutes, casual encounters or abnormal practices.
typically, the biggest impact is on existing relationships with partners,
loved ones and friends, with the addicts becoming withdrawn, emotionally
unavailable and disinterested in normal sexual or intimate relations with
their partner. This can lead to separation which exacerbates the addiction
problem as the usual 'checks and balances' are then lost.
to stop the addictive behaviour can lead to withdrawal symptoms including
anxiety; depression; suicidal ideations; low mood ; irritability; changes in
appetite; sleep disturbance; fatigue or drowsiness; cravings; and
significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other
important areas of functioning.
and anxiety are closely linked to sexual addiction. It isn't just that the
addiction causes these states; there is a dynamic relationship
between them so for example, depression can lead to a need for 'comforting'
sexual satisfaction and anxiety can lead to the heightened states of arousal
where inhibitions involved in seeking this out are lowered.
Some Facts About
the Problems of Sexual
70% Experience Severe Relationship Problems
40% Separation or Divorce
27% Lost Career Opportunities
40% Unwanted Pregnancy
72% Suicidal Obsession - 17% Attempted Suicide
68% Exposed to Sexually Transmitted Infections