Can a Behavior Be an Addiction?

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Whether you sniff it, smoke it, eat it, or shove it up your ass, the result is the same: addiction.

Sex and porn addiction are, in most ways, the same as any other addiction. At the very least, they are defined by the same basic criteria:

  1. Preoccupation to the point of obsession with the substance or behavior of choice.
  2. Loss of control over use of the substance or behavior, typically evidenced by failed attempts to quit or cut back
  3. Directly related negative consequences—relationship trouble, issues at work or in school, declining physical health, depression, anxiety, diminished self-esteem, isolation, financial woes, loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, legal trouble, etc.

Task for Today
Ask yourself if your sexual behavior meets the criteria for addiction.