Monday, August 17, 2015

Sexual addiction or normal sexual behavior?

Problematic sexual behavior does not necessarily mean you are a sex addict. There are many other conditions and problems which can cause sexual behavior to get out of control. You might wonder if you have a sexual addiction when you actually display normal behavior. It may take some soul searching and professional help to decide if sex addiction is really the problem.

Sexual addiction comes in many different forms. There is no single type of behavior or even amount of behavior that will indicate you are a sexual addict. The problem is much more complex, and if you have been living the life of a sex addict, you know how difficult it is to describe what you are experiencing.

Three questions you may want to look at when considering sexual addiction include:

- Do I sense that I have lost control over whether or not to engage in my specific problematic sexual behavior?

- Am I experiencing significant consequences because of my specific problematic sexual behavior?

- Do I feel like I am constantly thinking about my specific problematic sexual behavior, even when I don't want to?

These are three of the hallmarks that help define the boundaries of sexual addiction and compulsivity. If any of these three questions are answered "yes," then you may want to seek further help to sort out the complexities of your sexual behavior and find out for certain if sexual addiction is the best description of your problem.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs focus on treating gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a focused substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual and intimacy disorder issues. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

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