Sex Addiction Can Affect Just About Anyone

Posted on July 11th, 2010

The increased attention sex addiction has been getting in the media has a positive and negative affect on the field of sexual recovery. On the one hand, more and more people are seeking recovery but on the other hand, the media’s tendency to focus mainly on celebrities has made the general public question the validity of an addiction to sex. The truth is: it’s as serious as any other addiction. According to SASH, it is estimated that 3-5 percent of the American population can be labeled as sex addicts. This is likely a conservative estimate since it is based on the number of people who actually check themselves in for treatment.

Of the amount of people seeking sex addiction treatment, about 80% are men.  Despite the fact that “sex sells” and is often used as a tool to do so, American society finds it almost taboo to openly and freely discuss sex thus making it difficult for those suffering from sex addiction to actually admit to it and seek treatment. Women who do so will be labeled as overly promiscuous. Men, on the other hand, often feel it is in their nature and “normal” until something traumatic happens (i.e. losing their job, divorce) that makes them realize the seriousness of their behavior.

What we need more in the media are stories about real people. Your “average Joe” that is married, has a regular 9-5 job and that people can relate to.  Knowing that this is something that can affect just about anyone and not just hot shot celebrities can be very sobering and raise real awareness surrounding sex addiction.

CLICK HERE to read one such story.


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