Sex vs. Food

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Sex is a healthful behavior—until it becomes an obsession and spirals out of control.

Sex addiction and eating disorders are similar in many ways. For starters, these behaviors are (for most people, most of the time) healthy and essential to life. In fact, eating and being sexual contribute to survival of both the individual and the species. (This is why our brains are programmed to experience pleasure when we engage in these activities.) Unfortunately, for vulnerable people (people at-risk for addiction thanks to genetics and/or their environment), this inborn pleasure response can become a go-to coping mechanism used to deal with any and all forms of emotional and/or psychological discomfort, turned to time and time again until the individual loses control over it.

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Try to imagine a life where you are sexual only in healthy ways, much like a person with an eating disorder must learn to eat in healthy ways.