Unlike the goal in treatment of chemical dependency, which is abstinence from use of all substances, a therapeutic goal in sexual addiction is abstinence only from habitual sexual behavior with adaptation of healthy sexuality. They experience a need to increase the intensity or frequency of the behavior and many feel anxiety if they are unable to engage in the desired behavior.
The causes of sexual difficulties can be physical, psychological, or both.
Emotional factors affecting sex include both interpersonal problems and psychological problems within the individual.
O'Brien has taught me so many things, I’m not sure I can name them all. There is much more balance to my life now, and I know that with my strong will and determination (OK, and stubbornness) things can only get better from here. It is employed in a pattern characterized by (1) failure to control the behavior (powerlessness) and (2) continuation of the behavior despite significant negative consequences (unmanageability).
O'Brien" - A Patient Sexual Addiction is a process whereby sex functions to produce pleasure and to provide escape from internal discomfort.
Coping skills are provided in therapy to teach the individual to cope and learn how to manage their addictive behaviors.
Oftentimes, when they stop all sexual activity, some sex addicts may withdrawal symptoms similar to those experienced by drug addicts.Sexual stereotypes drive the way we think and believe our intimate and gendered relationships should be carried forth.For those who do not feel it is necessary to live by strict cultural guidelines, life can be very difficult and challenging.Each individual experiences this process in their own unique way depending upon his or her given set of circumstances.The complexity of this transition does not allow us to pigeonhole every person into a stage-process model that appears to have all the answers.Interpersonal problems include marital/relationship problems, lack of trust, or poor communication between partners.