Problematic Sexual Behaviors / Sex Addiction

Problematic Sexual Behaviors / Sex Addiction

Therapy for Sex Addiction, also referred to as therapy for Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder, helps treat people that struggle to control their thoughts and behaviors related to sex. There is an intense focus on sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors that can not be controlled.

Sex Addiction/Compulsive sexual behavior can include masturbation, multiple sexual partners, pornography use or paying for sex. When these sexual behaviors become a major, constant focus in your life, are difficult to control, cause problems in your life, or are harmful to you or others it may be time to seek help.

Those who struggle with sex addiction/compulsive sexual behavior, often feel as if they are unable to stop their compulsive thoughts and find themselves acting out sexually, even if they want to stop. People with sex addiction can experience shame regarding the sexual compulsions, especially if it results in chronic infidelity.

No matter what it’s called or the exact nature of the behavior, untreated sex addiction/compulsive sexual behavior can damage your self-esteem, relationships, career and health.

Symptoms of sex addiction/compulsive sexual behavior

  • Repeated and intense sexual fantasies, urges, and behaviors that take up a lot of your time and feel as if they’re beyond your control.
  • Frequent urges to do certain sexual behaviors, feel a release of the tension afterward, but that also leave you feeling guilt or deep regret.
  • Repeated attempts to reduce or control your sexual fantasies, urges or behavior without success.
  • Continued engagement in sexual behaviors despite negative consequences.
  • You have trouble making and keeping healthy and stable relationships.

Questions to ask yourself when deciding to seek help

  • How do I manage my sexual impulses?
  • Do my sexual behaviors lead to feelings of distress?
  • Does my sexual behavior hurt my relationships, affect my work or impact any areas of my negatively?
  • Do I try to hide my sexual behavior?

In addition to individual therapy, the BTRC offers group therapy for men who are struggling with intimacy issues and compulsive or problematic sexual behaviors.

This group provides psychoeducation and a place of community to connect with other men who share your experience. Check out our therapy services to learn more.

If you are struggling with sex addiction or compulsive sexual behavior, please

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