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An Overview of Sex Addiction
The media portray sex addiction as cool. The media are confessing their own ignorance. Sexual addictions are caused by misuse of a person's natural sex drive. The addiction will usually be started in puberty but it can also be developed later in life. Once started it leads to a compulsion the sexually addicted person tries to avoid, but can't. In the later stages it can affect every part of the person's life. Self-respect, intimate relationships, associations with family and friends, finances and career can take second place to his sexual addiction. If the sexually addicted person is honest with himself, he'll realize that his sex life is underscored by confusion, conflict, and regret. The joy of wonderful loving sex now competes with his sexual addiction. The movies and the media portray sex addicts as having fun. A sex addict compulsively tries to use sex to conceal his personal problems just as an alcoholic uses booze or a drug addict loses control over his life to drugs. Sexually addictive behavior, like any other addiction, delivers short-term thrills followed by long-term miseries. Getting a sex addiction stopped is the most important decision the sexually addicted person can make in his or her life. How to overcome sexual addiction is explained in The Most Personal Addiction. Attn. Students, Researchers, Webmasters and everyone else. This article is copyright Joe Zychik 2008. Please obey fair use laws. Thank you. Contact: http://www.SexualControl.com
If you're willing to make the effort. He doesn't believe he can. It might have been only for a day. but they tried . Use it to build motivation. This article is copyright Joe Zychik 2008. Don't let past failures defeat you. especially if you've failed before at stopping. A good counselor can help you identify your past mistakes and help you correct them before they get in your way. Don't give in to hopelessness. The answer to the fear of failure is to find a successful approach and persist. good counseling can guide you to success. Let's imagine you wanted to teach a kid how to ride a bike. once your efforts are properly guided. your childhood or your environment. He tried to learn before but was not taught correctly. Let's change the problem from learning to ride a bike to learning how to overcome sexual addiction.and they failed. if you let it. you can overcome sexual addiction. It applies to accomplishing anything. Learn from them. The decision to make the effort and find the right guidance doesn't apply only to sexual addiction. Researchers. Webmasters and everyone else. Now he's sick and tired of failing. But what if you don't believe that you can correct your mistakes? Ask yourself this question: "What if my situation isn't hopeless? What if I really can overcome my addiction?" Here's what it takes to overcome sexual addiction: * Free will * Knowledge * Hard work. You know that the only thing holding him back is his belief that he can't do it. Students. Providing the effort is up to you. Good counseling will also help motivate you to make the free will choice to stop. The first obstacle to overcoming sex addiction is not in your genes. Just about anyone who acts sexually addictive has made some attempt to stop. The real life stories and common sense. You've taught lots of kids and you're sure this kid can make it. Thank you. effective approach explained in The Most Personal Addiction will help you gain the knowledge and motivation you need to succeed. This same problem can become your biggest obstacle to success. Remember that the kid felt hopeless because of his past mistakes. The first obstacle is the decision not to try. the biggest barrier to your success is believing you cannot succeed. If you've tried to overcome sex addiction before and weren't able to. Please obey fair use laws. Just like the kid who can learn to ride the bike if he makes the effort.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 2 of 15 The First Obstacle to Overcoming Sexual Addiction The fear of failure is normal. Good counseling will provide you the knowledge. . Attn. You are not doomed to failure.
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" * "I'm normal. The Sexual Addiction Interview is designed to help you understand sex addiction and address some of the sexually addicted person's rationalizations. The beginning interviews in The Most Personal Addiction will also expand your knowledge of what sexual addiction is. I'm not. how it can be overcome and how sex addicts fool themselves.SexualControl." * "You're uptight about sex. The pleasure is escapist oriented. Thank you. Some of the rationalizations he uses are: * "I'm not addicted." * "All my friends do it." * "It gives me pleasure. I'd never do what they do. When the escape ends." * "I have more sex drive than most people." * "I know guys who are sex addicts. Overcoming sexual addiction correctly is discussed in The Most Personal Addiction. It's a way of having fun." * "Sexual addiction is a myth put out by small-minded bigots and hypocrites. Sexual addiction is more deceptive than most other addictions because sexual addiction provides the illusion of pleasure. This article is copyright Joe Zychik 2008.com . All too often the sex addict decides that sexual addiction is not escape and not an addiction." Every one of these rationalizations can be overcome. Now the sex addict is confronted with the decision to face reality and gain the real pleasures of life or flee back into shallow fantasy. Researchers. Webmasters and everyone else. I do it to relieve stress. Students. Attn. Contact: http://www. the thrill of the addiction is over and the demands of real life return with a vengeance. Please obey fair use laws.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 4 of 15 Sexual Addiction and Self Deception Self deception is the addict's strongest defense against admitting he's addicted. It can't be an addiction if I like it. You're abnormal." * "It's not an addiction.
There's a special section on how to save a relationship threatened by sexual addiction. but he doesn't want to accept it. a fetish. phone sex or infidelity. * Give him credit for his successes. don't give up. You can get through to him You know that your husband or boyfriend has a sex addiction. Many times the partner's first reaction when discovering a sexual addiction is. Contact: http://www.com . This article is copyright Joe Zychik 2008. not yours. here's what to do: Start by getting him to take the Sexual Addiction Interview and the first interview in The Most Personal Addiction. what can you do? Even if he's accepted that he has a problem. He caused it. Here are a few more pointers about what the partner can do to help her husband or boyfriend get control over sexual addiction: * Don't take on his burden. If you realize that your partner is addicted to sex either through addictive masturbation. Please obey fair use laws. * Download the first 48 chapters of The Most Personal Addiction.SexualControl. Webmasters and everyone else. compulsive use of porn. The job of overcoming the addiction is his. Researchers. These interviews are designed to help the most defensive sex addict realize what sex addiction is and how it's affecting him and you. Thank you. But does he know? If he doesn't want to accept that he's sexually addicted. Students. Some sexual addictions can be overcome relatively quickly. "What's wrong with me? Why doesn't he want to be with me? Why does he want them instead of me?" You did not cause his sexually addictive behavior. Attn. Others take time.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 5 of 15 Someone Close To You Is Addicted To Sex If you know it but he doesn't want to admit it. is he willing to stop? How can you help him stop? Let's answer these questions one by one. * Don't take the blame for his sex addiction. * Be realistic.
If the sexually addicted person is not in a relationship. Please obey fair use laws. Contrary to what you are told by the media. This article is copyright Joe Zychik 2008. Some men will spend a whole night looking for the "perfect" image to masturbate to. Even in these situations. anonymous sex. Pornography used in conjunction with addictive masturbation gives the sexually addicted person the illusion that fantasy can be more satisfying than a real relationship. there are millions of sex addicts who have no interest in porn. The sexual charge is generated through masturbation. Ask you partner. Researchers. the interest in porn fades away. A pornography addiction cannot be overcome in the long run without dealing with the underlying masturbation addiction. the sexually addicted person prefers sex through pornography addiction instead of loving sex with a real person. the association will be briefly explained in this article. The sexual charge that seems to be in porn is not the porn. he faces a different challenge because pornography addiction becomes his sex life. ask your partner if he masturbates when he use porn. There are articles on this site about masturbation addiction. The Most Personal Addiction goes into much greater detail about how a porn addiction is overcome. Webmasters and everyone else. though. If you want to know what the real addiction is. "After you finish masturbating. In the most extreme cases. if the pornography addiction is approached correctly. Other sexual addictions. pornography might seem to be the addiction. . function independently from porn. If the masturbation addiction is overcome CORRECTLY. Here's another question which will shed light on the real addiction. Pornography is not like any other sexual addiction. fetishes. Students. If you want to understand why a man gets addicted to porn learn about the connection between addictive masturbation and pornography. The situation is far from hopeless. he'd still be using it even after he finished masturbating." If the real addiction were porn. Other will masturbate continuously while looking at pornography. phone sex. and voyeurism. very few sexually addicted people who use porn without masturbating. such as promiscuity. You need to read them if you're partner seems to have a pornography addiction. There are very. Attn.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 6 of 15 Pornography Addiction Insights For Men and Women Porn enhances a masturbation addiction. Thank you. It is usually associated with a masturbation addiction. if the addiction is approached correctly. do you continue looking at porn?" Expect the answer to be "No. From a partner's point of view. the addiction can be overcome and the relationship can be saved.
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Someone struggling with a shoe fetish will be given the same 12 steps as someone addicted to pornography. The husband cheating on his wife will be advised to use the same behavior modification techniques as the sexually addicted person who's never had a long-term relationship. we can see that an "every addiction is the same" approach does not apply to sexual addiction. wine. unlike alcohol. These activities don't need to be categorized for the alcoholic because there is no addictive difference between beer. To begin successfully overcoming sex addiction. From these simple examples. others prefer beer. Sex addiction. Certain addictions don't need to be categorized. Besides identifying . Conventional. The husband cheating on his wife is not in the same boat as the voyeur. For instance. some alcoholics prefer wine. They use an "every addiction is the same" approach. hard liquor. Successfully overcoming any problem begins with knowing what you're dealing with. or any other form of alcohol. is diverse. Promiscuity and infidelity fall into the category of addictive sex with someone else. Are you aware that there are virgin sex addicts? A virgin sex addict is an adult who never had sex with another person. A promiscuous person does not have the same addiction as the virgin sex addict. Many sexually addicted people have sexual addictions in both categories. others will drink anything. The other sexual addictions can be categorized as either addictive sex alone or with someone else. licensed therapy and the 12-step program don't distinguish between the different forms of sexual addiction. His or her entire sexual experience has been only with themselves through masturbation and/or porn addiction. It's also the most complex. apply this easily observable fact: All sexually addictive behavior falls into two categories: * Addictive sex alone * Addictive sex with someone else The most common forms of addictive sex alone are masturbation addiction and/or pornography addiction. It's ridiculous to give a virgin sex addict the same treatment as the person who's been promiscuous all their lives. An obsession with a fetish is not the same problem as a porn addiction.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 8 of 15 The Complexities of Sexual Addiction Sex addiction is the most personal addiction.
For more in-depth discussions of * Pornography addiction * How and why men get addicted to porn * Masturbation addiction * Promiscuity and infidelity * Fetishes * Phone sex * Other sexual addictions Use: * The Most Personal Addiction. So here are some resources to help you further: * The general sexual addiction interview * A sex addiction interview for the man in a relationship * For the person who has never had a successful relationship * How to tell if your partner is sexually addicted. Webmasters and everyone else. This article is copyright Joe Zychik 2008. Contact: http://www. Students. Thank you. A couple trying to hold their relationship together while struggling with a sexual addiction requires a very different approach than the sexually addicted person who is not in a relationship. you also need to take into account if the addicted person is in a relationship. Understanding if you are engaging in addictive sex alone.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 9 of 15 which category the addiction resides in.com . or with someone else. But identifying a problem does not end it. Please obey fair use laws.SexualControl. Researchers. * Advice About Sex Addiction Attn. or both will help you control your sexual addiction because it will help you understand it better.
The addiction can be overcome and the couple can build the marriage they had expected to have. They are serious about commitment. Relationships don't have to end because of sex addiction. take the Sexual Addiction Interview and the interviews in The Most Personal Addiction. When the partner discovers that her man is sexually addicted. she will usually suffer more than he will because she might feel that she has to compete against his sexual compulsion. . Usually. the sexually addicted person doesn't even realize that his sexual addiction is creating emotional barriers between him and his partner. If you are the partner of a sexually addicted person or you are not sure if your partner is sexually addicted. The majority of sexually addicted people seek a long-term committed relationship. there is a special interview in The Most Personal Addiction for partners of sexually addicted people. he doesn't realize it until he loses the relationship. But their sexual addiction creates an impersonal barrier between the relationship they want to develop and the addictive fantasy life they're obsessed with. Characteristically. Millions of sexually addicted people have lost good relationships and their loving families because they did not overcome their addiction. sexually addicted people can be classified into two major groups: * Those who seek relationships to satisfy their addiction. The partner of a sexually addicted person experiences emotional and/or sexual neglect. this type of sex addict doesn't get into long-term relationships. Please obey fair use laws. In some cases. S/he does not represent most sexually addicted people. She also might feel that her relationship is hopelessly lost to sexual addiction. Thank you. The person whose relationships are defined by sexual addiction uses people for an addictive fix. Webmasters and everyone else. The partner usually doesn't discover her man is sexualy addicted until after she's committed herself to him. * Those who have a sexual addiction that conflicts with their genuine. If you are not sure your sexual activity is addictive or if you want to learn how it affects your relationship. loving relationship. Researchers. Yet. Students. Attn. in most cases she will stay until the bitter end trying to save her relationship.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 10 of 15 Effects of Sex Addiction on The Partner When it comes to relationships. This article is copyright Joe Zychik 2008.
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"The best things in life are free. Students. Thank you. But you can't buy your way into love and you can't buy your way out of addiction. They're the lesser ones compared to the loss of genuine loving intimacy. A sex addict can invest hours surfing the Internet and not even realize he's lost an entire evening to sex addiction until the sun comes up to remind him that there is a life outside of fantasy." The real riches in life are gained through intimacy and effectively dealing with reality. Webmasters and everyone else. Those sexually addicted people who spend money on their addiction usually don't realize how much they're spending. The toll that sexual addiction takes on a relationship and the emotional isolation it causes cannot be healed by money. Losing your job.SexualControl. The worst price paid for sexual addiction is loss of an intimate relationship. Researchers. Attn. Money can buy plenty. There is an old saying. The Sex Addiction Interview and The Most Personal Addiction offer more advice about the personal and financial aspects of sexual addiction. being sued. Please obey fair use laws. avoid intimacy and still make lots of money. sinking into bankruptcy. Even the person with a porn addiction who gets his porn for free on the Internet pays for his addiction by investing his valuable time and precious effort into fantasy.com . Everything has a price.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 12 of 15 Sexual Addiction and Financial Issues Sexual addiction is not free. You can escape reality. "The smallest personal consequence is money. But money can't buy you love. or loss of savings are some of the other consequences of sexual addiction. This article is copyright Joe Zychik 2008. Sometimes the loss of money is the least painful price." Another way of expressing this sentiment is. They don't want to look at the financial costs because adding up how much they've spent can ruin the fantasy. Every addicted person deludes him or herself about the real costs of their addiction. Contact: http://www. Another high price is finding yourself trapped in a world of emotional isolation.
The promiscuous person doesn't even make the effort to create any kind of loyal relationship. Infidelity occurs when someone in a committed relationship is unfaithful to his or her partner. The difference between meaningless sex and loving sex is the difference between addiction and intimacy Meaningless sex releases a person from emotional vulnerability.) What makes infidelity worse than promiscuity or meaningless sex with one person is the lying and dishonesty that accompanies the unfaithful acts." He wasn't kidding. people are interchangeable bodies. (Note: if the infidelity involves an emotional affair based on a real connection. Ask any person who's been victimized by infidelity and they will tell you. Genuine loving sex requires commitment and emotional vulnerability. people were just different flavors to be sampled and discarded. They are both attempting to avoid intimacy. But the underlying emotions behind the unfaithful activity are the same: sex without intimacy or emotional involvement. it might not be addictive behavior. some people who engage in meaningless sex have only one partner. or any other non-intimate activity. or spend time with friends. "The lying and betrayal hurt more than the unfaithful sex. . By comparison. take a walk. To him or her. The partner is a human sex toy. the unfaithful person might be promiscuous or might be unfaithful with only one person. The person might be completely faithful to his or her partner." The unfaithful person needs to go beyond just sex addiction. As one promiscuous person told me. Some people take a warm bath for relaxation and enjoyment. and Meaningless Sex A promiscuous person has meaningless sexual encounters with numerous people. To him. Helping the promiscuous person overcome his or her sexual addiction is more difficult than helping the person who engages in meaningless sex but is not promiscuous.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 13 of 15 Promiscuity. "I don't want to be stuck with just one flavor of ice cream. He or she needs to deal with honesty issues also. sex is just another form of taking a warm bath. Some people read a book. The promiscuous person and the person who has meaningless sex with only one partner share a common trait. listen to music. In the context of sexual addiction. but they are not emotionally committed to the partner. For the person with one meaningless sex partner. The path to overcoming sex addiction for both persons is traveled by opening oneself up to the need for intimacy. Infidelity.
Webmasters and everyone else. For a more in-depth discussion about these sex addictions. Contact: http://www. Please obey fair use laws.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 14 of 15 The Most Personal Addiction discusses honesty issues and other factors necessary for overcoming sexual addiction.com . Attn. Download or print the first 48 chapters of The Most Personal Addiction. Thank you. Students. This article is copyright Joe Zychik 2008. Researchers.SexualControl.
the voyeur seeks sexual pleasure without the risk of intimacy or even revealing himself. In some instances the object is used to stimulate a fantasy of human contact. However. Contact: http://www. Phone sex is another form of addictive sex with someone else.SexualControl. Unfortunately. Sadomasochism goes beyond avoiding intimacy. Voyeurism (the Peeping Tom syndrome) also removes the sex addict from emotional vulnerability. Through this form of sexual addiction. Although there is no physical contact between the participants and they don't even see each other. any sexual compulsion towards objects intensifies intimacy problems that can lead to divorce or a life of emotional isolation. it is in the category of addictive sex alone. And he doesn't respect the privacy of the people he spies on. Researchers. The need for loving intimacy and genuine emotional involvement cannot be replaced through promiscuity. Webmasters and everyone else. The fetish enables the sexually addicted person to experience sexual pleasure without even the fantasy of human contact. The Sexual Addiction Interview and The Most Personal Addiction will give you more insights regarding the underlying causes of these and other sexual addictions. Attn. Necrophilia is the morbid fantasy of fantasies.com . This article is copyright Joe Zychik 2008. It enables the sex addict to escape the demands of a real relationship and gain a short-term sexual pleasure that leads to a life of continual loneliness. It is based on gaining sexual pleasure through destructive and humiliating sex acts. there are many different forms of sexual addiction. Please obey fair use laws. A fetish addiction is a more detached escape from reality because the focus of the addiction is on an object. Students. the necrophiliac can face reality and gain control over their addictive sex life. With help. his addiction falls into the category of addictive sex with another person. Thank you.The Home Page Topics Copyright Joe Zychik 1999-2008 Page 15 of 15 Types of sex addiction Unlike alcoholism. Nymphomania is a form of promiscuity. the sexually addicted person is using the other person for sexual stimulation he could not experience alone. Since the voyeur relies on using another person for sexual stimulation. most necrophiliacs won't even acknowledge that they're morbidly addicted. It is certainly a form of sexually addictive behavior with someone else. not a person. If no other person is involved.
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