Call to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor. Who Answers? Reading Time: 3 minutes. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to sex but are not sure, there are warning signs of sex addiction you should become aware of. Knowing these will help you decide if professional assistance is needed. The earlier you become aware of them, the less chance of embarrassment or ruined relationships.
Sex addiction is a type of addiction that is not gender-blind. Unlike some other issues, there tends to be a significant difference in the way that sex addiction affects men and women. Professionals are just starting to understand how it affects the sexes and how they can best treat the addiction. Learn what the professionals know about some of the key differences between sex addictions in men and women.
A fine line exists between what may be considered by most people acceptable sexual behavior and what is sexually addictive or compulsive. This is especially true for women in a society such as ours where sex is often treated as a commodity. Our culture discourages women from being assertive and direct in the expression of their sexual needs, thereby encouraging a less direct and potentially seductive or manipulative style. Some women go beyond these culturally-sanctioned behaviors and use sex compulsively as a means of gaining power and love. The elements of sex addiction in women are the same as in any addiction: compulsion, continuation despite adverse consequences, and preoccupation or obsession.