You might find that seeking help for sex addiction is difficult because your addicted brain wants sexual stimulation and pleasure in much the same way a cocaine addict wants cocaine.Addiction tricks your brain into its “survival mode,” creating a biochemical reward mechanism to continue sexual behavior despite the harmful effects on loved ones and yourself.
Ask a family member or friend to go with you for an evaluation.
He or she can provide you with moral support and your clinician with another perspective about the problem.
Admitting you need help does not diminish all the good things about you.
Sex addiction is a bad disease that happens to good people.
The professional who evaluates you will consider three general things before determining the most appropriate type of treatment: the severity of the addiction, your motivation to change and available support from family or friends.
The severity of your addiction depends on the type, amount and frequency of the sexual behavior, and its harmful effects.
Symptoms that a therapist will evaluate to determine severity include: Sex addicts generally don’t seek help on their own.
More often than not, they are forced into getting help by a court, or when the threat of divorce or some other loss is imminent.
It isn’t that sex addicts don’t know they have a problem they do.