Why Do So Many Sex and Porn Addicts Have Cross and Co-Occurring Addictions?

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Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; great minds rise above it.

Sex and porn addicts aren’t the only addicts prone to cross and co-occurring addictions. The simple fact is that whatever the addiction—sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling, eating, spending, or anything else—the motivation is the same. We want to feel better, which actually means we want to feel less (i.e., to control what we are feeling). And addictive substances and behaviors all happily oblige by altering brain chemistry in ways that temporarily distract us from stress, emotional discomfort, and the pain of underlying psychological conditions like anxiety, depression, attachment deficit disorders, and unresolved early-life or severe adult-life trauma. Anything that gets us numb is potentially addictive.

Task for Today
Take a look at not just your sexual behavior, but your use of alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, spending, etc. Do you use any/all of the above for purposes of escape?