Are You A Sex Addict?
If you are missing appointments, prioritizing sex over other important events and it feels like it’s taking over your life, it might be good to re-examine what’s happening in your life and evaluate your behavior.

Like with any addiction, sex addiction can be detrimental to your health. Understanding sex addiction should be a priority if you feel like you’re having sex “too much.” If you are missing appointments, prioritizing sex over other important events and it feels like it’s taking over your life, it might be good to re-examine what’s happening in your life and evaluate your behavior.


If you think you have an addiction, ask yourself these 3 questions:


  • Does sex control you?
  • Are you compelled to have sex?
  • Do you forget about the consequences of having sex?

If you answered “yes” to all three of these questions, you probably have a sex addiction. The lack of control with your body when your sex drive is high, may drive you to do things that are regrettable later. The lack of control also may have a root somewhere in your past and the inability to tackle the issue in a healthier fashion will be a limit to having healthy sexuality.


Compulsion


The second question has to do with compulsion.  If you are constantly feeling compelled to have sex and your constant thoughts are about sex and you don’t have room for anything else (or not much else) in your mind, that compulsion is a symptom of sex addiction. Feeling compelled all the time to engage in sexual acts leaves little room for balance in your life and without balance and moderation, it becomes extremely unhealthy for you.


Consequences


The third question addresses the lack of thought about the consequences of having uncontrollable and compelling sex. Consequences come in all shapes and forms, but the worst consequences are that of shame and guilt for doing something that feels beyond your realm.

The fact is, you can get help for being a sex addict. There are support groups and therapists who specialize in sex addiction, so get the help you need before it comes to a place where the negative consequences are outweighing the positive benefits of sex.




If you need help, please feel free to contact me. Cheers to your sexual success!

Marla Stewart

Marla Renee Stewart, MA is a professional sex, intimacy and relationship coach and sex educator. Not only is she a lecturer at Clayton State University, she is also the co-founder of the Sex Down South Conference and the Sexual Liberation Collective. Gaining her reputation for being "The Sex Architect", she created Velvet Lips to empower people of all ages to embrace, educate and enjoy their sexuality and their sexual lives. She has studied human sexuality for more than 16 years at San Francisco State University and Georgia State University, respectively, and has expert knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. She has published academic articles and continues to do sexuality research. She has conducted workshops at conferences, not-for-profit and private organizations, as well as universities in the Atlanta area. She has been featured on many radio shows, documentaries, books, magazines and has been invited to speak at Universities around the country. She also sits on the board for the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition and SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!
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