Do I Have a Sexual Addiction?

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Do I Have a Sexual Addiction?

Clients will either call or come in and ask me this question, “Do you think I have a sexual addiction (or pornography addiction)?”  It can be a tough question to answer and one that may not be as cut and dry as “yes” and “no”.

There are some questions though, that if answered can help clarify if there is an addiction present.  Let’s consider some of those questions…

Has the amount of time you spend looking at pornography, masturbating, or engaged in sexual activities increased?

Do your thoughts return to sexual or pornographic content when you are bored or alone?

Are you keeping secrets about your sexual activity or use of pornography?

Have others asked about your sexual activity or use of pornography?

If you were able to answer “yes” to any of these questions there’s a chance you have a sexual addiction or pornography addiction. Is it a certainty? No, but it is something to consider and I’d suggest you find a counselor who understands sexual and pornography addiction and be open and honest with them about your activities. If you (collectively) think you have an addiction, the good news is that recovery is possible.

Don’t use these questions as the ONLY indicator of addiction. If you think you or someone you know has a problem with sex or pornography, talk with a professional counselor who understands the issue and can offer a professional opinion.

About the Author:

Dan Gabbert holds a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City, MO. Dan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (CSAT), a rigorous certification issued by The International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).