Though this addiction was prevalent since ages but these days it is on rise, we hereby update and educate you about the serious issue and some facts you need to know about it !!
Addiction is most often associated with substance abuse. Now, there is a new addiction on the rise that is behavioural addiction adrenalin, shopping, sex, and gaming addiction of which Sex addiction needs your attention.
Sex is the #1 searched for topic on the Internet.
Sexual addiction is, in its simplest form, a normal sex drive that has become obsessive, to the point that behaviour is out of control. Sexual addiction is referred to as a ‘process’ addiction, as opposed to a substance addiction like alcohol or drugs.
In a process addiction, the euphoric feeling (or “high”) comes from chemicals released into the brain, rather than from an external source. As the mind becomes accustomed to the release of these chemicals, it searches out for continued sources of that high. This could be from eating, the adrenaline rush of competition, putting yourself in dangerous situations, or from sexual stimuli.
Some indication of the extent of the problem is the amount of pornography available and used on the Internet. It is thought that pornography addiction is a form of sexual addiction that is both easier to pursue and less expensive.
Cybersex involves a non-contact sexual episode through private chats, either with or without a video connection. These sometimes develop into real world meetings.
Sexual addiction can take on many forms, from the use of pornography and masturbation to repeated sexual affairs, patronizing prostitutes, and voyeurism. In extreme cases, sexual addiction can involve molestation, rape, and even murder. The many forms of sexual addiction have one thing in common, the behavior is done in secret, and the sex addict becomes skilled in hiding this secret life from those closest to him/her.
About 80 percent of sex addicts have some history of sexual abuse in their childhood.
Approximately 9 million Americans (3-6%) have some form of sexually compulsive behaviour.
The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behaviour acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” In other words, a sex addict will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviours despite facing potential health risks, financial problems, shattered relationships or even arrest.