Sex & Love Addiction

Sex & Love Addiction

With sex and love addiction, a person struggles with maintaining a healthy relationship towards emotional and/or physical intimacy. Individuals with sex and love addiction often use physical and emotional intimacy compulsively to manage stress and experience joy. While intimacy is a healthy behavior, addicts seek it outside of their relationships compulsively out of an emotional need for gratification, with an inability to stop at will. If someone you know is suffering from sex and love addiction, give The View a call at (877) 310-4343 to learn more.

Sex and Love Addiction

Sex and love addiction includes compulsive sexual behavior. This type of addiction can cause harm to personal relationships and lead to other complications in life, such as the loss of one's job. Common behaviors include excessive masturbation; constant fantasizing and daydreaming; anonymous and paid sex; and an unhealthy obsession with pornography. The key indicators of sex and love addiction include an individual's inability to stop a behavior.

Sex and love addiction also includes an obsession with the strong emotions felt during infatuation. Addicts can potentially manipulate people to feel the euphoria of an intensely emotional relationship, to the point of self-endangerment. Sex and love addicts may engage in toxic and unhealthy relationships just to feed their addiction. Someone struggling with a sex and love addiction may stay in unhealthy and abusive relationships, actively enable co-dependencies, manipulate their partners for certain emotional responses, and cycle through relationships looking for excitement. Frequently, sex and love addicts will potentially harm themselves to avoid abandonment.

Sex and love addiction are more common than generally thought. According to a recent article by Newsweek, as many as 11% of Americans, nearly 9 million people, may suffer from a sex and love addiction. Sex and love addiction impact the lives of both men and women. 

Treatment for Sex and Love Addiction

Sex and love addiction associated with a cycle of compulsive behavior and feelings such as anger, fear, guilt, and loneliness. For clients suffering from a sex and love addiction, therapy is often the first step of the process. At The View, we offer treatments to help overcome sex and love addiction. These include cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and group therapy. With these treatments, clients can understand their thought process and what leads them to unhealthily crave intimacy.

If you or a loved one are struggling with a sex and love addiction, feel free to give The View a call at (877) 310-4343 today.