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What Is Sex Addiction?

Sexual Addiction
When sexual behavior becomes problematic and continues despite adverse consequences it is called sex addiction. The term sex addiction first appeared in the early 1980's with the publication of Out of the Shadows, a landmark text, written by Dr. Patrick Carnes, a leader and pioneer in the recovery field. Addictive sexual behaviors have serious consequences which may include severe depression, suicidal thoughts, profound shame, despair, anxiety, huge losses, intense loneliness, jail and death.

The most painful costs reported by people with sex addiction are:
  • Dysfunctional Family Life
  • Health Risks
  • Guilt over Hurting Others
  • Loss of Productivity
  • Career Loss
  • Financial Losses
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Crippling Shame
  • Marital Problems
  • Divorce
  • Drug/Alcohol addiction
  • Loss of Sprituality

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