Sex Addiction – Are you concerned about your sexual behaviour? Are you worried that you might be a sex addict? Sexual addiction is common to both males and females and it doesn’t even matter what sexual orientation you are. Sex addicts can be heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual or transgendered. The most noticeable behaviour trait of a sex addict is an insatiable desire for sex. And it just doesn’t matter how much sex they have, or how good it is – they will always want more.
Sex addicts can stray into compulsive or risky sexual behaviours, get involved in extramarital affairs, try out swinging or dogging, risk relationships and put their health at risk, and in some cases, spend a lot of money to get their “fix”. If this in any way reminds you of you, then you could be addicted to sex.
How Do You Become A Sex Addict?
You are not born a sex addict. Sexual addiction is a learned behaviour just in the same way as people become addicted to chocolate or cigarettes. Sex addiction is not a choice – it is a compulsion. If you suffer from sex addiction, you may want to stop, and even have good days or weeks but always find yourself slipping back into it. Rather than actually enjoying it, you may find that it just gives you temporary relief from feelings of inadequacy, negativity, depression, stress, or whatever else is driving your compulsion.
Signs Of Sex Addiction
Here are the most common signs of sex addiction that my sex addiction clients tell me of
- Excessive viewing of pornography
- Excessive masturbation
- Use of adult internet chatrooms and webcams
- Having secret sexual encounters, either in real life or online
- Becoming a regular user of massage parlours or brothels
- Engaging in risky sexual behaviours like dogging
All of these behaviours characterise a person who is in some ways “out of control“.
Sex Addiction And Brain Chemicals
You may wonder why this addictive behaviour is so compulsive. It’s pretty normal for loved ones or friends of a sex addict, once they become aware of it, to be disgusted with the addicts behaviour and wonder why the person cannot just stop. After all, surely they cannot want to hurt their loved ones in this way.
Well, it’s a little more complicated than just stopping. In reality, the sex addict is addicted to some very powerful drugs. These are brain chemicals called dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. They are what are commonly called the “feel-good” chemicals. They are associated with reward and they give us a “high”, lifting the sex addict temporarily out of their shame or guilt or inadequacy or negativity or whatever other psychological problem is in the background. This is a very temporary fix and leaves the addict now also feeling helpless to control their addiction.
Sex Addiction Treatment
Hypnotherapy offers a successful solution to sex addicts. By re-training your brain to derive pleasure from other safer and healthier things in greater measure than the pleasure you used to derive from the dysfunctional behaviour, you make it very easy for your mind to switch away from the old behaviours. Hypnotherapy can also help you to resolve the underlying issues that lie at the root of your problem so that you are free to live a healthier and happier future, free of your old addiction.
I offer a free, confidential initial consultation where you come along and meet with me and we discuss your problem in details, what you experience, when it started, etc. This can be a daunting step for many sex addicts and I try my best to make sure that you’ll feel comfortable talking openly about the problem in a non-judgemental environment. This free consultation also gives me the opportunity to explain what the therapy is all about, what you can expect, etc. If your partner is aware of the problem and wants to accompany you to this meeting, then you can feel free to bring them along as long as you are comfortable with this.
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