How Do We Diagnose Sex Addiction?

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An intelligent person can rationalize anything. A wise person doesn’t try.

Sex addiction is, in most ways, the same as any other addiction. At the very least, it is defined by the same basic criteria:

  • Preoccupation to the point of obsession with the substance or behavior of choice
  • Loss of control over use of the substance or behavior, typically evidenced by failed attempts to quit or cut back
  • 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.

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