The term ‘sex addiction’ is used to describe sexual behaviour that is seemingly out of control.
Also known as ‘sexual compulsion’ and ‘sexual dependency’, when a person is a sex addict, it’s as though they have no choice but to engage in sexual behaviour to satisfy their needs, whatever the consequences.
Sexual addiction doesn’t only mean sex with a partner. This sexual activity may also include excessive use of pornography, online forums, masturbation and ‘sexting’.
Simply having a high sex drive doesn’t mean a person has an addiction. Nor does regular use of the above sexual activity. Regularly engaging in sexual behaviour is in fact considered healthy. It can become a problem when a person feels they can no longer control these actions. If said sexual activity is putting you or others at risk, or it’s negatively affecting your own or another person’s well-being, further help may be needed.
Signs to look out for