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Origins of Sex Addiction
Addiction is present when one is psychologically or physiologically dependent on a certain behavior, which causes them to become an addict. Sexual addiction is like that. The addict is in denial, and the addiction continues to increase instead of decrease.
You may wonder…What makes sexual addiction so different from any other addiction? Well, according to Dorothy C. Hayden, CSW, and author of Therapy for Sexual Addiction…A Depth-Psychology Approach, sex addiction sets itself apart “from other addictions because the subject of sex touches on our innermost unconscious wishes and fears, our sense of self, our very identity.”
Who would have guessed that about 6 percent of the population is sexually addicted? Sounds strange? Well, as unusual as it may sound, it’s true. People actually are addicted to sex.
Although sex is essential to the life of humans and animals, it can in fact become addictive. Sexual addiction begins in an individual as early as childhood and it often happens when children are abused in a sexual manner. Some examples of child sexual abuse include:
- Forcing a child to kiss or hug
- Forcing a child to experience sexual practices
- Forcing a child to keep secrets about inappropriate sexual activity
- Being critical of the child’s sexuality
As a result of these forms of abuse, about 80 percent of sexual addicts say they experienced some type of sexual abuse as a child. Childhood sexual abuse has been a problem in society for nearly two decades, according to the 2004 book “From Child Sexual Abuse to Adult Sexual Risk: Trauma, Revictimization, and Intervention”.
Research indicates that adults who have experienced sexual abuse in childhood are not only likely to suffer from sexual addiction, but also:
- Negative Perceptions of others and of self
- Migraine Headaches
- Substance Abuse
If there is a period of withdrawal, the addict will most likely suffer from lack of sleep, high levels of anxiety, irritability, roller coaster emotions and substance abuse.
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