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Behavioral Patterns of Sexual Addiction



As discussed, the symptoms of sexual addiction might not be easily decoded unless its effects subsequently appeared to be destroying the addict’s individual life. But how do we determine if a sexual ...

As discussed, the symptoms of sexual addiction might not be easily decoded unless its effects subsequently appeared to be destroying the addict’s individual life. But how do we determine if a sexual act is still considered as normal to being abnormal, unhealthy or already destructive? There are list of behavioral patterns that indicate sexual addiction. This is important so the addict himself or his family will be able to accept and deal with the addiction.
First is the Out-of-control sexual behavior. The acts associated with sexual addiction such as exhibitionism, prostitution, indulging in pornography, voyeurism, sexual harassment, multiple and anonymous sexual partners, once transformed into a habit might be uncontrollable as the addict himself ventures to some other acts to increase his pleasure. This might be committed regardless of the place or the partner. The intensity arises if the addict considers it as an exploration or risk which he can get away with later on.
Second is the inability to stop the sexual behavior knowing its severe consequences. The addiction overpowers the person and he continues to satisfy his sexual desire notwithstanding its consequences believing that he can deal with it. This includes health and legal risks, marital or relationship problems, unwanted pregnancies, loss of job opportunity and others.
Third would be the persistent pursuit of self-destructive behavior and an attitude that says “I’ll deal with the consequences when they come”. But in reality, when the consequences come, the addict is in a position where he cannot redeem himself due to shame, low self-esteem, hopelessness, intense anxiety, self-hatred and moral conflict.
Fourth is the ongoing desire or effort to limit sexual behavior. When the addict later realizes of the disorder and knowing that the addiction is inherently wrong, the addict tries to escape this situation by shifting his attention to some other things. He could splurge on material things, move from one place to another, get married or enter into a new relationship. He believes that this will at least distract or diminish his acts.
Fifth is sexual obsession and fantasy as a primary coping strategy. Every addiction started with the simplest act of purchasing pornographic materials. Later on, its frequency and the search for some level of pleasure aggravate the addiction. The addict becomes dissatisfied with the sexual fantasy and would want to commit overt acts for some real pleasure.
Sixth is regularly increasing the amount of sexual experience because the current level of activity is no longer sufficiently satisfying. As the addict becomes discontented of a particular sexual act, he tends to increase the sexual experience to gain more satisfaction. For example, from a monogamous relationship, he tries two, three or more sexual relationships which also increase the possibility of the acquisition of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Seventh is the severe mood changes related to sexual activity. The addict does not develop any emotional attachment to any of his partners as he engages himself to multiple risky sexual activities. This causes his mood to be altered from time to time. The addict feels the conflict and inconsistency of his emotions which he cannot control.
Eighth is the inordinate amount of time spent obtaining sex, being sexual and recovering from sexual experiences. An addict is spending more time in engaging himself in sexual activities rather than keeping himself productive from work and society as a whole. The addiction can also be rooted from previous sexual abuses that the addict might have experienced.
Last is the neglect of important social occupational or recreation activities because of sexual behavior. The addict already isolated himself from the society and might have set aside the more important and pressing matters that is more helpful to his self-development. The steps to recovery are acceptance not just by t



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    • Serious effects of Sexual Addiciton In a modern world, sex addiction might not be taken as serious as any other kind of addiction. This is because all the means that could trigger such addiction are readily available in the market (Sex toys, Pornographic reading materials, websites,etc.) and could even be passed from one hand to another without much fear of being dealt with by law. This kind of addiction need not use chemicals to stimulate or to alter one’s mood, unlike drug addiction. However, there is no hard and fast rule to determine if one is considered as a sex addict. Not even frequency of his acts nor its acceptability to his society. The effects of sexual addiction may subsequently be apparent if the addict himself realized that his acts gravely affects his individual life and his relationships. What is worse, sexual addiction might even exist simultaneously with drug addiction and alcoholism. The later case may be acknowledged by the addict or even his dependency on it but in the former case, the addict treats such behavior as “normal”. The addict may later develop a dangerous behavior which started from compulsive masturbation, exhibitionism, pornography, engaging in multiple relationships, molestaion, lascivious acts, etc. The sex addict usually venture on these behaviors which is associated with sexual addiction to escalate their pleasure. It is only when the effect of the addiciton become evident that the addict would slowly realize of such disorder. Among the effects of sexual addiction which leads to self-destruction are: Problems on social relationships, health, unemployment, intense anxiety, shame, low-self-esteem or even violation of the law. These things affect both the internal and external world of the addict. As to legal consequences, the addict might commit lascivious acts in his home, workplace or community, voyeurism, rape, child molestation and prostituiton. These serious effenses can lead to the arrest and prosecution of the addict. As regards the financial consequences, the addict can lose his employment and means of sustenance both to his legitimate needs and sexual addiciton. Lastly, and probably the most serious effect of sexual addiction relates to health. Since the addict engages in compulsive sexual acts, he is likely susceptible to HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. Unlike broken personal relationships, which can still be cure and fixed through counselling, the acquisition of STD could be incurable and may cause irreparable injury not just to the addict but to his family as well.