What Is Sexual Addiction?

Why do people become sexually addicted?

As with any addictive behavior, there are many reasons that can influence the reason for an addiction. There can be biological, psychological or spiritual reasons-or a combination of many reasons. Sexual acting-out happens to be the "drug of choice" that is used to numb the pain.

Biological reasons: Endorphins and enkephlines are the "feel-good" chemicals in the brain. They are released to give a feeling of happiness and well-being. The biological addict gets his fix by ejaculating or fantasizing, which in turn, supplies these chemicals to the brain.

Psychological reasons: The addict may sometimes use the rush of endorphins to escape emotional stresses that have come from emotional or physical trauma or sexual abuse that has occurred in the addict's life. Feelings of lack of control due to these reasons can be triggered by countless sources. The addict may also be meeting the need to act-out due to an intimacy disorder.

Spiritual reasons: All humans have a need for God. There is a hole in each one of us that only He can fill. The sexual addict may use his or her addiction in place of true spirituality-sex becomes the addict's God. It comforts, celebrates, and is always available or present.

For these reasons, it becomes obvious that outside help is necessary for the addict to be able to work through the roots of his or her addiction and to pass on to recovery. In addition to support groups, we also encourage the individual to seek professional counseling for even more in depth healing and recovery.

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