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Male and Female Celebrities in Headlines for Sexual Addictions

Why do Hollywood celebrities who seem to have everything continue to make headlines for sexual addiction? It’s a topic recently addressed in an article from FoxNews.com citing multiple stars who have entered treatment for sexual addiction or who have appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab television show.

Among those celebrities are X-Files star David Duchovny, whose public announcement of sexual addiction made headlines in 2008. Russell Brand is reported to have engaged in sexual activity with multiple women prior to seeking recovery at a rehab center, and Rob Lowe is also reported in headlines as far back as 1998 to be unable to manage his cravings for sex for longer than a day and a half.

Women, too, have made headlines for sexual addiction, including Kari Ann Peniche, a former pageant queen who participated in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew to try to address both a love addiction and a sex addiction. Female authors and models have also made news for choosing sexual relationships with multiple partners.

The reality of sexual addiction, say some experts, is in an inability to form or keep close intimate relationships with others, which can also be rooted in low self-esteem. The problem isn’t truly an addiction to sexual behavior or sexual feelings, but rather a manifestation of intimacy problems.

Other experts believe that the brain’s reward system and associated chemicals such as dopamine are involved, especially when the behavior is sexually compulsive in nature. Author Eric Braverman says sexual addiction among celebrities may be part of a constant need to be the center of attention. When the activity surrounding them fades, they may seek a new kind of energy through sex with multiple partners. A need for power and a sense of entitlement may also feed into celebrity sexual addictions, say some treatment experts.

Research continues into the causes and effects of sexual addiction, which may appear as a formal listing in the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders under a “hypersexuality” heading. Experts and addiction specialists hope the listing will encourage further research into diagnosis and treatment for what many call a powerful and all-consuming disorder.

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