Does Sex Addiction Exist?

Lynne Schultz

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classic painting called The Immaculate Conception by Guido Reni

Compulsive Sexual Behavior affects one out of 20 people, according to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. People diagnosed with Compulsive Sexual Behavior spend “inordinate amounts of time” on sex-related activities and neglect important aspects of everyday life such as work. They are believed to lack control of their behavior because they repeatedly fail to control their “sexual activities or desires.”


The Mayo Clinic wrote that symptoms include: extramarital affairs, participating in phone or cyber sex, exposing oneself in public, repeated soliciting of prostitutes, masturbating up to 15 times a day, frequent use of pornography, engaging in sado-masochism (the use of otherwise painful sensations to enhance sexual pleasure), feeling compelled to have sex “when you’re stressed, anxious or depressed” and using sex as an escape from problems.

Sexaholics Anonymous

Sexaholics Anonymous, patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous, said on their website that "sexaholics" have lost control. For them, masturbation and sex outside of marriage is addictive and destructive. According to several of the Twelve Steps, adapted from those of Alcoholics Anonymous, part of the answer is to turn one's will over to God "as we understood Him," be ready for God to remove the character defect, ask God for forgiveness and pray.

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