What Is Sex Addiction?

Learn what sex addiction is from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.

Transcript

Sexual addiction is a very real phenomenon. We all tend to snicker about it and think that it's funny or cute but people do suffer profoundly from sexual addiction. Although we don't treat it directly at the Carol Treatment Center, there are people who have enormous expertise in this area. What they focus on is what we call the cycle of addiction, so that while sexuality as we know is a normal expression of our humanness, it's a way that we can celebrate who we are and relationships, significant relationships in our lives, people who have sexual addictions issues engage in this cycle of addiction where they obsessively think about sex, they engage in a sexual act and then there is a spiral of shame and despair that they engage in, which leads them back to these obsessive thoughts, then the act, then the shame and that cycle just continues to repeat itself and the person becomes trapped in that cycle and they lose the capacity to break it. So sexual addiction is a very real phenomenon; it's something we're seeing an enormous amount of in the world around us and there are people out there who have a huge capacity and competency to treat it.

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