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Core Truths about Sexual Addiction

Tougher than smoking, and strong drugs like heroin: stopping a pornography addiction has been compared to some of the hardest addictions to recover from.

The factors involved in sex addition are numerous and complex, but recent research continues to strengthen realities that the brain’s pleasure centers experience tangible changes during sex addiction. Over time, the addiction progresses until the person is unable to control thoughts or cravings related to sex.

Taking steps toward recovery from sex addiction can be equally as hard as taking steps toward recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction, or other behaviors like compulsive gambling. At the core of the difficulty is the way the sex becomes a way of releasing stress, coping with negative emotions or avoiding deeply-held intimacy problems. Resolving the sex addiction and moving toward recovery may also involve delving into past experiences with trauma or abuse, thus leading people to keep the pain of the addiction in secret.

Some core truths about sex addiction may help:

  1. Sex addiction, like alcoholism or drug addiction, requires professional help to reach recovery. Experts trained in the complexiites of sexual addiciton and how it impacts families are available at specific centers in many parts of the nation.
  2. Just “stopping” isn’t an effective option for people livnig with sex addiciton. At the brain and biological level, strong cravings are in place; at the emotional level, many elements are also links in the addiction process. People cannot control their behaviors, even when the consequences are known – so just quitting isn’t effective.
  3. Sex addiction may require an ongoing, daily recovery effort – similar to people living in years of succesful recovery from other addictions. The work is worth it to return to quality relationships and avoid the chronic shame, guilt, sadness and frustration.

Once a recovery strategy is in place, living a life free of sexual addiction may also require modificaitons to a person’s social circle and activities to keep triggers at bay. Getting a spouse or partner involved in the sexual addiction recovery process is also a key element for success.

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