SA is not a pleasure seeking action, in other words, IT IS NOT ABOUT SEX!!!!
SA is a survival strategy. Your behavior helps combat symptoms which may include helplessness, loneliness, depression, anxiety, low energy, sleeplessness, boredom, low self worth, etc. Your behavior gives you temporary elusive feelings of interpersonal control.
SA helps you function and feel safer in the world.
SA behavior helps regulate your autonomic arousal and intolerable emotions by manipulating the nervous system. In other words, you are using your own body to cope, to help you regulate and temporarily feel better.
SA is about unmet emotional needs that usually stem from much earlier in life.
SA behavior helps you cope, numb out, not “feel” or “deal”, just like any other addiction. Sex just is your drug of choice.
SA is a disease that affects your brain. While using, your frontal lobes are
“offline” and you are chasing your “hits” of feel good chemicals such as dopamine and adrenaline.
SA is a progressive disease that when left untreated can be life threatening.
Sexual addiction is not a character defect or a moral issue. It is a disease that affects the brain. Underlying sexual addiction is shame and low self worth. Partners are similarly affected and are faced with navigating through betrayal and anger. Most addicts, and those affected by addiction, need a system of support and comprehensive treatment plan for recovery.