Admissions for treatment of compulsive sexual behaviour or addiction is almost as much as for other addictions like alcoholism, addictive gambling and overeating. Like other addictions, sexual compulsivity is a progressive type of impulse control behavior disorder. By ignoring it, sexual addiction often leads to serious negative consequences.
- Understanding Your Addiction
Anyone can overcome any addiction. We have free will, the very thing that can get us in and out of trouble. All living things have 2 basic instincts. Survival and replication. Sexual addiction is construed as the misuse of a natural drive, pretty much like overeating, and overworking. It is different from artificial drives created by substances such as alcoholism, smoking, and caffeine addiction. Unlike substance influenced addiction, attempting to completely eliminate a natural drive based addiction such as compulsive sex pits you against nature.
The universal law of cause and effect states that for every effect there is a definite cause, whilst at the same time it is accurate that for every cause, there is a definite effect. Imagine a row of 10 light bulbs. Each bulb that lights up is a warning sign that will eventually lead to the other until the 10th bulb (which represents addictive sex). You may think that the urge to indulge in addictive sex may suddenly come out of the blue but in actual fact, there is a long chain of events that lead you there. Each bulb is a group of thoughts, feelings, behaviours, urges and fantasies that represent the process of lighting up all 10 bulbs. When your personal behavioral chain is pulling and you don’t try to break it until it’s too late, then you’ve gone and gotten yourself just in the place you’ve been trying to avoid.