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Sex addiction

Sex addiction - when lust becomes torture

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Sex addiction is a disorder of sexual appetite that leads to a so-called substance-independent dependence. It exhibits the same behavioral patterns as other behavioral addictions. What is essential here is an uncontrollable compulsion with regard to sexual experience.

On the one hand, there can be a fixation on sexual intercourse, on the other hand, on masturbation. In any case, all other areas of life are behind sexuality, which means that a regulated life is not possible or only possible to a limited extent for those affected.

PROFILE: Sex addiction

  • Name (s): Sex addiction; Hypersexuality; Hyperlibido; Sexual compulsion (formerly satyriasis or nymphomania)
  • Kind of illness: sexual dysfunction; non-substance addiction (behavioral addiction)
  • Distribution: worldwide
  • First mention of the disease: circa 1830 by Jean-Étienne Esquirol and Philippe Pinel
  • Treatable: yes (but increased risk of relapse)
  • Type of trigger: multifactorial
  • How many sick people: 3 to 6 percent of the population
  • Which specialist should you visit: Sex therapist; Psychotherapist; Social pedagogue
  • ICD-10 code (s): f52.7; f52.8; f52.9; f63.8

Table of Contents

Definition of sexual compulsion

Sex addiction is primarily a non-substance-related one Addiction disease In medicine it is more often referred to as hypersexuality, but it is still one of the typical addictions. The decisive factor here is an increased focus on the topic of sexuality.

However, it provides the exact definition and demarcation to one normal sexual behavior a problem. Because where does “abnormal” sexuality begin? In conservative circles, deviating practices and partner changes are often understood as already pathological deviations from the norm.

However, it does not necessarily have to be hypersexual. Because this does not result from traditional norms and social values. Rather, these are the decisive factors personal condition of the person affected as well as his / her ability to have a regular everyday life.

Depending on Stage of addiction it is no longer possible for an addict to go about a normal everyday life. Excessive preoccupation with sex and sexual acts consequently prevents a job from being exercised or social contacts being maintained.

In addition, those affected feel shame, disgust and fear with regard to their behavior. There is now an individual Psychological distresswhich justifies classification as sex addiction.

An addiction

Overall, sex addiction differs only marginally from other addictions. In addition to the focus on the material that brings pleasure or the satisfying action, there is a constant increase in the Tolerance limit from.

This in turn leads to the need to consume more of the addictive substance or to carry out more drastic actions.

In concrete terms with regard to sex addiction, this means that either more sexual partners are chosen, regardless of personal preference, or the actual ones sexual acts increasingly deviate from individual tastes. The limits of legality can definitely be exceeded here.

Last but not least, the person concerned often complies with such behavior, both physically and mentally Damage which can subsequently cause further illnesses. It is not uncommon for them to be mixed up with other addictions, for example alcohol or drug addiction.

Therapists and scientists are currently discussing which actions and interests are part of sex addiction. In addition to an actual sexual experience, for example, the Masturbation addiction as secured. But addiction to pornography, sexual fantasies, paraphilias or even cybersex is also possible.

What is sex addiction?

First and foremost, sex addiction is a non-substance-related addiction disorder, which, in contrast to substance-related addictions, is not oriented towards a specific substance, but rather towards behavior.

Like other behavioral addictions (e.g., gambling addiction or the binge eating addiction known as binge eating), sex addiction is aimed at the compulsive satisfaction of a need, which can lead to psychological dependence.

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In order to actually be marked as an addiction, the following criteria must be more or less fulfilled:

  • Dose increase and tolerance development
  • Loss of control
  • Repetition compulsion
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Life-centering on the satisfaction of needs
  • Professional and social decline
  • Psychological and physical decay
  • High level of suffering
  • Lead a double life

Criteria & tolerance

In the case of sex addiction, these criteria concern, on the one hand, the focus on masturbation and, on the other hand, sexual contact with a partner. At the beginning of the addiction, the number of sexual acts increases, but at some point it is no longer sufficient to satisfy the needs.

Once this tolerance has developed, the addict will try new ways to satisfy his cravings. This often happens through the arbitrary choice of partner, in which personal preferences regarding gender, age or appearance are disregarded.

The turn to paraphilias (pedophilia, bestiality, sadomasochism, frotteurism) can also be observed at this stage. Sometimes even the limits of legality are exceeded. Shame, disgust or a sense of justice are perceived, but no longer have any significant influence on the actions of the person concerned.

Ultimately, this is exclusively geared towards sexuality, which makes a normal life impossible. Affected people can no longer perform regular work, go into prostitution and are no longer able to maintain partnerships. The resulting frustration increases the addiction.

In addition to increasing psychological distress, sex addiction can also have physical consequences. On the one hand, there is a risk of injury from extreme sexual practices or masturbation techniques; on the other hand, the loss of control results in careless behavior.

The risk of infection with sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV or chlamydia is high. A scientific study from 1992 came to the conclusion that with a sex addiction in fact withdrawal symptoms also occur (dizziness, headache, agonizing inner restlessness, insomnia)

Causes & triggers

What are the causes of sex addiction?

Like other addictions, sex addiction is multifactorial. Individual intrapsychic and psychological factors play just as much a role as the environment or general factors of addictive behavior.

In almost all cases, an incorrect coping strategy is essential. Negative feelings, stress and problems are not dealt with positively, but with a sexual substitute act. A lack of love, loneliness or boredom then lead to loose sexual contacts or masturbation.

Since this does not provide a permanent solution to the basic problem, the person concerned repeatedly resorts to substitute action. A negative cycle develops, which ultimately turns into addiction.

This behavior is fundamentally supported by the biochemistry of the body. Sexual pleasure satisfaction releases the body's own substances such as endorphins, which in terms of pain relief and influenced perception can be compared with drugs administered from the outside.

The development of a sex addiction therefore depends on whether sexual acts contribute to a positive mood or whether negative states are alleviated. If sex is not perceived as pleasurable, the risk of sex addiction is therefore very low.

Ultimately, certain socio-cultural framework conditions and the culture-related attitude of a society to sexuality are also responsible. Uncomplicated access to pornography, sexualized advertising and tolerance towards changing partnerships promote a centering and idealization of sexuality and convey an unrealistic status of this. They also facilitate sex addict behavior.

A strong taboo on natural pleasure satisfaction as well as a prohibitive upbringing in turn cause a strong feeling of longing up to obsessive thoughts and unrealistic ideas of sexual behavior. For this reason, the family of origin of a person is of overriding relevance: The parental approach to sexuality is an important influencing factor during the psychosexual maturation process of children and adolescents.

In rare cases, brain injuries or organic diseases can also trigger sex addiction. Damage to the amygdala, such as in Klüver-Bucy syndrome, is primarily responsible.

Symptoms & Signs

First Signs of sex addiction is a deviant sexual behavior with regard to the frequency of sexual contact. It should be noted here that deviations in the sense of statistical rarity or violation of social norms have no clear limits.

The question "What is too much?" can vary depending on the socio-cultural milieu. It only becomes medically relevant when the frequency of sexual acts interferes with normal everyday life. It also plays a role whether one's own behavior is intrapsychically perceived as painful or accepted.

The others Symptoms of sex addiction roughly correspond to the fulfillment search-relevant criteria. These can include:

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  • lack of satisfaction despite having performed a sexual act
  • Neglect of actual sexual preferences
  • compulsive sexual behavior
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as dizziness or agitation when sexual activity cannot be undertaken
  • Neglect of dangers with regard to illness, finances or legal requirements
  • Performing sexual acts up to self-harm (for example through intertrigo during masturbation)
  • depression
  • Abuse of disinhibiting substances (alcohol, drugs)

If there is an addiction to masturbation, it is possible that the person concerned is unable to have sexual contact with a partner. Here, fantasies overlay realistic possibilities.
Overall, what counts for the diagnosis of sex addiction is primarily how the person concerned assesses their behavior and their current situation.

If he considers his own sexual behavior to be appropriate and satisfactory, there is hardly any addiction. Only when the pressure of suffering is present, which is not derived solely from deviations from social sexual morality, can this be understood as an indication of a sex addiction.

Diagnosis & course of disease

A first step in diagnosis is a thorough medical history. Various ailments can be interpreted as an indication of the existence of a sex addiction. Kick, for example alongside a promiscuous lifestyle additionally:

sex addiction should also be clarified. Finally, there are those too typical signs of addiction relevant:

  • Loss of control,
  • Life centering on sexuality,
  • professional and social decline,
  • psychological or even physical decay.

Difficulties in diagnosis cause problems in differentiating from paraphilias on the one hand and the subjective assessment of the patient on the other. This raises the question of a person's specific perception of norms.

Possibly a level of suffering is described that does not result from actual deviant behavior, but from shame. An in-depth inquiry into personal sexual attitudes is therefore essential, for which a trusting, open relationship between therapist and patient must be established.

After the diagnosis of sex addiction, it is important to carefully consider what further steps are to be taken. In principle, different forms of therapy are possible, which are most likely to be derived from the personal situation of the person affected. It is important to prevent in all cases that the sex addiction becomes even more extensive and the “downward vortex” typical of addiction is interrupted.

Frequency & diagnostic data

To address one's own sexuality, is often difficult for those affected, even with great suffering. Especially when paraphilias are part of the addiction, fear and shame prevent sex addicts from communicating.

For this reason there is probably a high one Dark figure to those who suffer. The statistics so far speak of 3 to 6 percent. Studies that carry out an absolutely anonymous survey (for example through online tests), on the other hand, show a higher prevalence.

However, all studies show a clear difference gender concerning the sick. Men are usually three times as likely to be affected as women. In Germany For example, there are around half a million sex addicts, around 80 percent of whom are young men up to the age of 30.

A correlation with that Age has not yet been proven. It is believed, however, that younger people are more likely to have sex addiction than older people.

There is also a clear connection between sex addiction and other addictions. Around 39 percent of those affected also suffer from substance-related addiction and around 40 percent from another non-substance-related addiction. For example, a study from 2000 found cocaine addicts to have a high comorbidity with sex addiction (around 70 percent). The drug crystal meth also promotes sexual addiction.

Complications & Consequences

Complications of an addiction often depend on the individual characteristics. With regard to sex addiction, more serious consequences can often be expected if sexual acts are actually acted out.

If the focus on sexual intercourse only takes place in the head or is geared towards the consumption of pornographic material, there is hardly any consequential physical damage. It is therefore rather difficult to give general information about the complications of sex addiction.

Therefore, only the most common side effects of sex addiction are listed below. In principle, however, problems arise from the increasing neglect of all areas of life that are not linked to the topic of sexuality.

The development of tolerance towards “normal” sexual acts can be accompanied by extreme radicalization in the behavior of the sex addict. Similar to a drug addict, he can slide into “drug-related crime”. Sex addiction can then lead to sexual harassment, rape or even sexual killing.

In addition, turning to paraphilias such as pedophilia can have far-reaching consequences. But even without criminal acts, it is possible that sexually addictive behavior leads to a drastic social decline that assumes a level threatening the existence (for example, through unemployment, financial problems, divorce or isolation).

Prostitution is also an aggravating factor. If the sex addiction pays off, a relapse after therapy is more likely. In addition, in this case the addiction is directly linked to the financial livelihood. Regardless of the level of suffering, the person concerned can then shy away from treatment.

When to the doctor

When should you go to the doctor?

In any case, a doctor or therapist should be consulted if one's own sexual behavior is perceived as oppressive and excruciating. Help must be sought quickly, especially if the loss of control indicates an impending criminal act.

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An experienced therapist can easily determine whether there is actually a sex addiction or psychological stress whether the social norm is caused. Out of shame and fear, however, many sufferers lack the courage to contact a doctor.

At this point it is therefore expressly pointed out that specially trained psychotherapists or social pedagogues deal professionally with this addiction disease and under no circumstances adopt an evaluative or judgmental attitude.

Sometimes it happens that one's own behavior is only slightly reflected or even suppressed. Then tips from close confidants can be quite helpful. If personal sexual behavior is increasingly questioned, this does not have to provide any information about the presence of a disease. However, if the information raises concerns, a visit to the doctor can be very useful to clarify any doubts.

Treatment & Therapy

Depending on the severity of the sex addiction, treatment is either inpatient or outpatient. If there is a polytoxicomania (multiple addiction), inpatient therapy is essential.

Whether the addiction has a multifactorial origin, an individual, multi-dimensional treatment plan is necessary that is specifically geared to the type and extent of a patient's sexual addiction. It is recommended that a doctor, psychotherapist and social worker work together.

Basis of a treatment On the one hand there is behavior therapy, in which abstinence goals are set and negative behavior is revealed.Keeping a diary and playing through test situations can be part of this procedure.

The knowledge gained can be used to develop various conflict resolution strategies. Sport is often recommended as a positive substitute for boredom, addictive pressure or the risk of relapse. Visiting a self-help group can also be useful.

Just like in group therapy, you can work against the feeling of being alone, which in turn strengthens self-esteem. Those problems that are strongly tied to the individual course of the disease can also be dealt with in individual therapy.

The co-treatment of the partner is also particularly important. In the worst case, a possible codependency can endanger treatment by covering up unwanted behavior. In addition, the partner facilitates the therapy through positive support.

A purely drug-based treatment of sex addiction is not yet feasible. However, antidepressants (e.g .: lithium or fluoxetine) or serotonin reuptake inhibitors (fluvoxanin) can be used to help prevent compulsive sex fantasies. However, there is no medication against paraphilias.

Prevention & Prevention

Sex addiction is a comparatively seldom occurring disorder, with an increased proportion of "dark figure patients". As a result, there is no large-scale preventive measure as is the case with other behavioral addictions (such as gambling addiction).

A greater focus on this disease could not only make things easier for those affected, but also raise awareness of the dangers in the general population. All in all, education plays an essential role in preventing this addiction.

On the one hand, work should be done early on against an unrealistic, highly idealized idea of ​​partnership and sexual relationship. On the other hand, it makes sense to point out the difference between love and pure sexual intercourse.

Another measure is teaching positive conflict management strategies. If parents teach their children a constructive way of dealing with problems and stress, the chances are good that this behavior will be adopted and the risk of addiction minimized. This also applies to an appropriately open approach to the topic of sexuality.

Healing prognosis

The success of a therapy depends on different criteria. The type and extent of the addiction are just as relevant here as external circumstances and family support.

An exclusive one Masturbation addiction is comparatively the easiest to treat. Sex addiction as part of a multiple addiction, on the other hand, can prove difficult to treat.

Since sexual contact is part of a person's life and the boundaries between “normal” and “deviant” behavior are fluid, there is also an increased risk of relapse. Therefore, care should be taken to have a stable network with available contacts.

Non-substance addictions

One problem with sex addiction is that there seems to be a very concrete image of addiction in society. In general, addictive behavior is a poorly communicated topic. However, most people are confronted with alcohol addiction or substance abuse, for example, at least once in their life.

A substance-related, so fabric-boundFor this reason, addiction shapes the general understanding of addictions. Certainly a person's sexuality is a rather delicate topic that is often not communicated to the outside world.

For people suffering from addiction, however, communication can be an important step towards recovery. It should now be just as clear how an addiction works that is not linked to substances. In the following, general and specific addiction mechanisms will be explained.

Generally speaking, the term addiction in the medical sense denotes the Addiction of a person after a certain state of experience. In principle, this can be stored very individually. For example, feelings of pleasure, the creation of hallucinations, an adrenaline rush, increased feelings of happiness, the feeling of absolute self-determination and control or perceived increased energy are such desired experience states.

Most of them can be reached every now and then in everyday life. However, random sensations are not enough for a dependent person. It will strive for an increase in specific experience states, their intensification and targeted induction.

Various substances such as alcohol, drugs or certain foods are often used for this purpose. A person who is specifically looking for intoxicating experiences can obtain them, for example, by consuming alcohol.

When is it problematic?

However, the selected substances become problematic when the states of experience can no longer be achieved without them and the body can no longer function normally without them. Then one speaks of a physical addiction.

Among other things, crystal meth releases high amounts of serotonin, which induces an intense feeling of happiness. However, the body gets used to the blatant release of the happiness hormone. He is then no longer able to independently release the amounts required by the person affected.

In addition to physical dependence on substances, however, psychological dependence is also relevant. There is actually no medically verifiable evidence that the body cannot function without a certain substance.

However, through habit or intensive connection of the material with a desired state of experience, the addiction believes that it can no longer live without it. An example of this is the dependence on cannabinoids. So far it has not been proven that these trigger processes that subsequently lead to physical dependence.

However, it is possible that people may feel that they cannot relax without cannabis. As a result, you have forgotten the corresponding behavioral patterns of relaxation. For this reason, it may well happen that physical symptoms and limitations are also felt as a result of psychological dependence.

In most cases, substance-related addictions affect both physical and psychological addiction. The situation is different with regard to non-substance-related addictions.

Here, only the psychological aspect of addiction is acted out, since there are no substances supplied to the body that enable physical addiction. However, this does not mean that non-substance-related addiction functions independently of the body.

Sex addiction, for example, can also lead to a regular release of serotonin, among other things because an orgasm is achieved during sexual intercourse. Afterwards, it is difficult or impossible for those affected to produce the same biochemical effect through other actions.

Principles & Development

It turns out that non-substance addictions are based on the same principles as substance addiction. The only question now is how they arise, develop, and manifest.

The main reason for a non-substance-related addiction such as sex addiction is usually an individual deficiency. This can sometimes be very special and range from a general hunger for adventure to a need for attention to conflict avoidance.

Overall, the lack of happy moments presumably plays a major role in relation to the personal situation. For example, some patients complain of a traumatic experience that has resulted in an addiction.

Inner conflicts are then not dealt with constructively, but suppressed with an experience or an action. If the repression is successful for the moment, the person concerned first looks for similar situations over and over again.

For example, sexual intercourse can can be used to break out of an individually perceived loneliness. If this creates a temporary feeling of human closeness, the person affected ultimately uses every opportunity to combat loneliness with sexual acts.

However, this strategy does not prove to be very successful in the further course. Because often there is a tolerance for repeated actions. If you have more sexual intercourse with strangers, the adrenaline rush will eventually disappear.

The permanent repetition has the effect that those affected become more familiar with corresponding situations and that these ultimately lose all appeal. At this early stage of addiction, an addict tries to increase the dose of the experience.

With regard to sex addiction, this means, on the one hand, that more sexual acts are carried out. In addition, however, it can also happen that new sexual practices are tried in order to create new stimuli. Already at this point, the addict's willingness to take risks increases. In addition, the satisfaction of needs is increasingly becoming the focus of attention.

Tolerance & dose

In the interplay of tolerance development and dose increase, an addict will inevitably lose control. In the case of substance-related addictions, this is mainly physical and may well be noticed by the person affected.

In the case of substance-independent dependence, the addict loses himself in the stimulus-relieving actions and as a rule will not yet question or reflect critically on them. Rather, he is distracted by them. This often leads to drastic behavior that ultimately can no longer be actively controlled by the addict.

Rather, there is now an almost compulsion to repeat certain actions and to experience the corresponding situations again. Not infrequently, however, there is no longer any satisfaction of individual needs. At the same time, however, the focus of all actions lies solely on the satisfaction that can no longer or only rarely be achieved in the desired form.

If those affected have already reached a late stage of addiction, their entire life revolves exclusively around the addiction. It is not uncommon for this to result in professional and social decline. In this respect, substance-related and non-substance-related dependency are the same.

With hypersexuality, an addict will organize his or her daily life around sexual acts. Under certain circumstances, it may no longer be possible to practice a profession. In addition, even the closest friends and relatives are alienated by the addicting behavior. Of course, this has an enormous influence on the psyche of the person concerned. Especially when isolation occurs as a result of addiction, depression and anxiety are common.

Relatives & Impact

Often relatives wonder why the addict doesn't just stop. Why does a gambling addict keep playing and a shopaholic going shopping? For what reason will the sex addict keep consuming porn and having changing sex partners?

Various studies have found that those affected by non-substance-related behavioral addiction certainly have to struggle with withdrawal symptoms. These can manifest themselves physically. For example, headaches, malaise or sleep disorders are not uncommon.

In addition, of course, the world of thoughts is strongly influenced by the addiction. It is, as it were, no longer possible without help to divert one's thoughts from the desired addictive action. This creates a strong feeling of deficiency that an addict can hardly defend against.

If possible, relatives should have a basic understanding of this. Because not infrequently, lack of understanding leads to the addict building up a double life and afterwards difficulties for him to seek help.

It has therefore been found that non-substance-related addictions behave in a similar way to classic substance-related addictions. The only difference is that a dependency does not arise from substances supplied from the outside, but rather certain patterns of thought and action.

The course and effects are, however, to be rated as similar for both types of addiction. This also applies to therapy to the same extent. Non-substance-related addiction has a similarly high risk of relapse as substance addiction. This results mainly from the fact that the addictive actions partly play a role in normal everyday life.

For example, it is not the aim of sex addiction therapy to stop having sexual intercourse afterwards. Rather, behavior that is personally justifiable for the person concerned should be learned anew. This can cause enormous difficulties, which lead to the fact that even after a successful therapy there is still an addiction potential that should not be underestimated, even with substance-independent dependence.

alternative medicine

Alternative treatment methods can support a therapy. Various herbs, oils and homeopathic remedies are intended to calm you down in stressful situations. They can also increase general well-being.

Some remedies such as geranium tea or Conium magulatum are said to have a libido-lowering effect. Taking them may reduce the suffering of those affected, but does not solve the basic problems of the addictive disease and is therefore not recommended for treatment on its own. Alternative therapies, on the other hand, are an effective addition to self-help. The creative therapy should be particularly emphasized here.

The following alternative therapy measures can positively support addiction treatment:

  • Personality exercises
  • Learning an instrument
  • meditative painting
  • meditation
  • Talk therapy

Sex addiction home remedies

Helpful home remedies for sex addiction

An existing addiction cannot be treated with home remedies. Therapy is always necessary for this. However, there is a lot that can be done about prevention.

Psychoeducation within the family is best suited to prevent negative conflict resolution approaches. Open communication in the event of stress and problems as well as a reflected relationship to love and sexuality should be important cornerstones of education.

In addition, there are a few optionsto positively support addiction therapy with various home remedies. First and foremost, this includes all methods of stress reduction. For example, sports or hobbies are suitable.

However, if you have behavioral addiction, it is important to be careful not to develop an addiction again. It is entirely possible that a sex addict could develop a sports addiction during therapy.

For this reason, distracting and stress-reducing methods should be discussed with a therapist. This can ensure that they are not used to an unhealthy level.

Medicinal herbs & medicinal plants

Herbal remedies for sex addiction

The exact data on the dosage and the type of application can be found in the package insert or clarified with the responsible naturopath.

Essential oils

The following essential oils can be used:

  • rose
  • sandalwood
  • orange
  • Bergamot
  • jasmine
  • lavender
  • incense
  • Roman chamomile
  • Palo Santo

The exact data on the dosage and the type of application can be found in the package insert or clarified with the responsible naturopath.

Homeopathy & Globules

The exact data on the dosage and the type of application can be found in the package insert or clarified with the responsible naturopath.

Schüssler salts

The Schüssler salts are suitable for sex addiction:

The exact data on the dosage and the type of application can be found in the package insert or clarified with the responsible naturopath.

Diet & nutrition

Similar rules apply to sex addiction as to other addictions: Possible triggers should be avoided at all costs. Since this particular addiction is often correlated with an alcohol problem, it is advisable to avoid alcohol altogether.

In addition, there is a fundamental risk of addiction shifting with behavioral addiction. For this reason, those affected must also pay attention to a balanced, healthy diet and, at best, completely eliminate foods that are very sugary or caffeinated. This in turn has a positive effect on general well-being.

If you are looking for a healthy source of happiness hormones, you can safely buy strawberries, bananas, grapes and various nuts.

FAQ - Questions & Answers

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about sex addiction.

Porn consumption - cause?

Does more pornography lead to sex addiction?

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Studies have shown that consuming fewer (3 to 4) porn films per week leads to a blatant blunting effect. Although porn does not have to be harmful to the psyche per se, a risk factor can be present here in the sense of the development of tolerance. The same can be said about cybersex.

In addition, pornography is itself an addictive “agent”. So it is possible that a sex addiction manifests itself in the consumption of pornographic pictures and films alone.Often this is associated with autoerotic acts.

However, the classic criteria of non-substance-related addiction can also be met here. It is therefore advisable to only consume pornography in moderation and also to lead an independent sex life. Last but not least, porn should be viewed for sexual stimulation, but less for stress relief or distraction.

Sex Addiction - Hereditary?

Is Sex Addiction Hereditary?

In fact, those affected or people who are affected often ask the question whether sex addiction is a hereditary disease. After all, similar behavioral patterns can often be identified within a family.

It is relatively common to observe that young men who have a greatly exaggerated libido not infrequently also have fathers with the same or at least similar characteristics. To what extent one is able to speak of an inheritance is highly debatable.

It is true that mental illnesses are very prevalent in closed family groups, but whether sex addiction should also be included in this cannot be confirmed or denied. This means that it is not possible to answer this question per se, but it can nevertheless be said that familial accumulations of this disorder can certainly occur.

Pedophile or Violent?

Are sex addicts always pedophiles or violent?

When it comes to sex addiction, there are a number of prejudices that result primarily from ignorance of the specific reasons for this addiction.

Here should be said again: A sex addict does not have to suffer from an exaggerated sex drive per se or be deeply interested in perversions. His behavior always results from being able to satisfy his addiction as much as possible.

However, since a tolerance of one's own behavior develops after a certain time, addicts tend to expand this drastically. It is quite possible that, contrary to the sexual preference, pedophile acts are carried out.

Likewise, the satisfaction of addiction linked to violence is within the scope of the possible. However, this is not common. On the one hand, the limits of legality are in most cases only exceeded in the very late stages of an addiction.

Because those affected are well aware of the consequences of their actions. They even suffer from it themselves when addiction satisfaction is achieved with immoral and questionable sexual practices.

However, this does not mean that the addict crosses any boundaries and even harms another person. This is now possible, but is not the rule.

Libido-lowering drug?

Can sex addiction be treated with libido-lowering drugs alone?

This question is of course obvious. And of course, those affected and their relatives would like an addiction to be treated simply and effectively by taking medication. However, this is not possible.

Although some doctors prescribe libido-lowering agents and antidepressants, which have a similar effect, this can only be seen as an accompaniment to a more extensive therapy. After all, it is not just an increased drive that is decisive for the development of a sex addiction. This is usually multifactorial.

This means that beyond physical needs there are reasons that cause addiction. In general, they are based on the individual handling of conflicts. If this deficit is not treated therapeutically, it may be that, thanks to the reduced libido, no more sexual acts are carried out, but this is not likely.

It would then also be possible that those affected simply shift the addiction and develop a new one. A purely drug-based treatment of sex addiction is therefore strongly discouraged.

Drugs as the cause?

Do drugs lead to sex addiction?

It has already been pointed out that sex addiction can often arise from a number of different reasons. Various drugs are definitely one of them. This applies above all to those who have an overall disinhibiting effect and / or increase libido.

For example, crystal meth, cocaine and alcohol are suspected of promoting or even provoking sex addiction. Since the substance addict has a general tendency to addiction, he tends to develop behavioral addictions anyway.

These can then take on much more radical forms than is the case with people who have no substance-related addiction.

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