Sexual Addictions And Other Vices
People are more willing to admit that they have a bad habit (like smoking or eating too much sweets), but they shy away from saying that they are hooked or "addicted" to someone or something. Addiction is a dirty little word.
Addiction defined is a state of physiological or psychological dependency... that is liable to have a damaging effect. Call it what you want, addiction, habit, compulsion, dependence, need, craving. The internet has become the newest, most rapidly growing form of sexual acting out for many sexual addicts today.
A lot of sexual addicts have added computer sex to their repertoire. They spend more and more time surfing the net, downloading and reading information, they swap sexual information and pictures with others in chat rooms or with a simple piece of technology (web cams) they are now also directing their own live sex shows on interactive sites. The internet just happens to provide many of the things sex addicts seek all in one place; isolation, secrecy, fantasy material, endless varieties, around the clock availability, and instant accessibility.
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The following is a few patterns and examples of sexual addiction that I found surfing the net. If you think that you or someone you know suffers from a sexual addiction, do your homework, there is a lot of information available on-line. The first step is admitting there is a problem. But don't stop there...get help. Sex addicts on the internet often move quickly to more extreme behavior with taking greater risks in the real world. Look for the signs then look for help.
Patterns and examples of sexual addiction
1.Neglecting commitments because of fantasy life, excessive masturbation
2.Receiving money or drugs for sex
3.Paying prostitutes for sex, paying for sexually explicit phone calls
4.Extramarital affairs, flirting and seductive behavior
5.Patronizing adult bookstores and strip shows,
6.Peeping Tom or Exposing yourself in public
7.Having a large collection of pornography at home or at work
8.Engaging in sex with strangers, having one night stands
9.Using position of power to sexually exploit another person, rape
10.Using fetishes as part of sexual rituals, having sex with minors or animals.
Participation in any of the above mentioned examples does not make you an addict, or we'd all be one. The addiction comes from continuation of the behavior despite bad consequences, like losing your job, family, freedom or well being. Look for the signs...then look for help
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