Episode 297: When Does Sex Become Compulsive?

It is believed that 3-6% of people in the U.S. struggle with sexual compulsion, all genders can be affected. Sometimes sexual activities become compulsive and lead to a damaging pattern in people’s relationships and work lives.

Defining sexual compulsion is best done by identifying certain patterns and behaviors… Some of these include overindulging in porn, loss in interest in sex with their partner, having a “secret” life seeking seeking sexual activities elsewhere, the escalation of risky sexual behaviors, or neglecting responsibilities due to their sex addiction.

It’s difficult for many to understand what drives a person into these behaviors, which are clearly antithetical to relationships and how love-making bonds us to our partner. How do we understand and begin healing sexual addiction?