Sexual addiction is an intimacy disorder that causes you to think about sex obsessively and engage in risky sexual behavior. These actions and thoughts can lead to problems at work and in romantic relationships and friendships because of a constant need to fulfill sexual impulses. Through support and willingness to change, you can work to control your sexual addiction. Listed below are ways to help you overcome the challenges.
Controlling Your Addiction
Look for recovery groups. Similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous is a recovery program designed to bring together people suffering through similar situations and find comfort at the meetings. You can find the number to support groups in your local phone book or online by typing “Sex Addict Anonymous meeting” followed by your city and state in the search bar of your browser or at a search engine such as Google.
Go to weekly recovery meetings. Part of your recovery depends on continuously going to meetings and sharing with others your thoughts and situation, as well as following a traditional 12-step recovery program. Sexual Addicts Anonymous (SAA) meetings can usually be found in different parts of a city, making it easier for you to attend regardless of where you are. SAA meetings are nonthreatening environments and a great way to meet people who understand what you’re experiencing.
Inform your friends and family. Your loved ones can be very supportive if they’re aware you are suffering from sexual addiction. Letting them know what the addiction is and how it affects you can provide them with a basic knowledge and gives them a chance to learn how to be as supportive as possible.
See a therapist. Individual counseling is a beneficial way to get the help you need and receive undivided attention. A therapist will give you options for best controlling your addiction while continuing to lead a healthy life. If necessary, he or she may prescribe an antidepressant such as Prozac or Anafranil, which are used to help those with obsessive-compulsive disorders.