Compulsive sexual behavior is not the result of a diminished moral capacity or a lack of faith.
It is rooted in addiction! How do you know if you or someone you love might be a sex addict?
Diagnostic Criteria for Sex Addiction
The following criteria have been established as indicators of sex addiction.
- Loss of Control —Recurrent failure to resist sexual impulses.
- Compulsive Behavior—More extensive/longer sexual acting out than intended.
- Efforts to Stop—Ongoing, but unsuccessful, efforts to stop, reduce, or control behavior.
- Loss of Time—Inordinate time spent obtaining sex, being sexual, or recovering from sexual experiences.
- Preoccupation—Feeling preoccupied with sexual behavior and/or preparatory activities.
- Inability to Fulfill Obligations—Acting out takes significant time away from obligations: occupational, academic, domestic, or social.
- Continuance—Continuation of behavior despite consequences:
|Risk of VD
|Lost partner or had marital problems
|Lost rights to be with children
- Escalation—Tolerance - More frequency or intensity of behavior is needed over time to obtain the desired result.
- Losses—Deliberately limiting social, occupational, or recreational activities to keep time open for acting out.
- Withdrawal—Distress, restlessness, or irritability if unable to do behavior (withdrawal)
A minimum of 3 of the above 10 are needed for sex addiction to be considered present. Many sex addicts have 5 signs, while over 50% have 7.
Material taken from research by Patrick Carnes, PhD