Sexual Addiction

How can Sex be Considered an Addiction?

The definition of an addiction is the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. While many people simply do not believe that sex can be an addiction, saying that all you have to do is stop, are in fact wrong. Sexual addiction can show up in many different forms such as pornography, prostitution or masturbation.



Guilt Associated with Sexual Addiction

Many sex addicts are reluctant to receive help for a few different reasons. First off, they might not even think there is a problem in the first place, especially if a partner is not aware of the symptoms. Secondly, there is a huge stigma that comes with sexual addiction. Many of these people are shamed into not wanting to talk about their problem for people saying things like, “you’re just a pig” or “all you have to do is stop.”



Signs and Symptoms

  • Spouses or partners of addicts may feel isolated
  • You may become easily involved with people sexually or emotionally
  • Compulsive masturbation
  • Affairs
  • Cybersex
  • Prostitution
  • Feeling irritable when unable to engage in these behaviors



About our Sexual Addiction Counselor Bob Howe

Robert (Bob) Howe LPCC-S graduated from Walsh University with a Masters degree in Counseling and Human and Human Development. He has extensive experience working with high-risk adolescent boys in residential setting and correctional settings as well as counseling children, adolescents, adults, and families in community mental health, residential, and outpatient settings. His primary areas of interest include working with youth and families to cope with various traumas (neglect, as well as emotional, physical and sexual abuse); successfully dealing with sexual behavior problems before they become legal issues; addictions; compulsive behaviors; substance abuse and dependence; and the role of spirituality in healing. He has specific training in Trauma Focused CBT and in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) philosophy and approach to treatment.