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If you are reading this, you have probably had to admit that, without help you have not been able change some unhealthy pattern of behavior. Perhaps the relationships in your life are not what you want them to be, or the time and energy you put into work is out of balance with the other aspects of your life. Your spiritual life may be suffering, or you may not be taking care of your physiological or financial needs. You may engage in a compulsive behavior that affects all these areas.

Although just thinking about it may feel overwhelming, simply admitting that you need help and taking the first step towards recovery shows remarkable strength and courage.

In my practice I use the term sexual addiction to apply to any compulsive sexual behaviors, hypersexuality, or any other compulsive sexual behavior.

According to Dr. Patrick Carnes (sexhelp.com) sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one's work environment. It completely dominates and becomes the organizing principle of the addict's life. These individuals are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behaviors. No single behavior pattern defines sexual addiction. These behaviors, when they have taken control of addicts' lives and become unmanageable, include: compulsive masturbation, compulsive heterosexual and homosexual relationships, anonymous encounters, pornography, prostitution, exhibitionism, voyeurism, indecent phone calls, chat rooms and phone sex, sexting, and cybersex. Even the healthiest forms of human sexual expression can turn into self-defeating behaviors when compulsive. Child molestion, incest, rape and other sexual violence are forms of predatory behavior that do not fall into the normal definition of sexual addiction but are behaviors I treat as well.

If you are reading this, you have probably had to admit that, without help you have not been able change some unhealthy pattern of behavior. Perhaps the relationships in your life are not what you want them to be, or the time and energy you put into work is out of balance with the other aspects of your life. Your spiritual life may be suffering, or you may not be taking care of your physiological or financial needs. You may engage in a compulsive behavior that affects all these areas.

Although just thinking about it may feel overwhelming, simply admitting that you need help and taking the first step towards recovery shows remarkable strength and courage.

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