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Sexual Addiction: Facts and Fallacies

Sexual Addiction: Facts and Fallacies

Watch our sexual addiction video interview with expert Robert Weiss as he discusses the realities of sexual addiction and addresses common misconceptions.

It’s with humility and a little embarrassment that I admit to having come to erroneous conclusions about sexual addiction and sex addicts without the data to back me up. Sexual addiction facts should come from educated, experienced experts – not  entertainment media and anecdote. We were very fortunate to have Robert Weiss join us last week on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

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Sex After Sexual Abuse

Sex After Sexual Abuse

Effective healing techniques now exist to help sexual abuse survivors overcome the sexual repercussions caused by abuse. Sex therapist, Wendy Maltz, explains.

Sexual abuse–whether by a loved relative or a violent rape by a stranger—is an attack on a person’s sexuality (The Damage Caused By Sexual Abuse). It’s no wonder that many survivors of incest, rape, and molestation report that they suffer from problems with sexual relating and intimacy.

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Pain of Sexual Addiction – TV Show Recap

Pain of Sexual Addiction – TV Show Recap

While the term “sexual addiction” may not be accepted in the world of psychiatry, HealthyPlace.com Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft, says it is very real and carries hefty consequences.

Dr. Croft, who is triple board-certified (Addiction Medicine, Sex Therapy, Adult Psychiatry), maintains that it’s a matter of semantics. “If you want to call it sexual addiction or sexual compulsion, the end results are the same,” he says.

“The definition of addiction applies no matter what the habit of choice may be. Any behavior that is chronic, compulsive, and carries negative consequences is considered an addiction. Make no mistake, sexual addiction does fit into these categories.”

“An addiction left un-helped is an addiction that will keep growing”
– Jonathan Daugherty

Sexual Addiction Can Destroy Your Life

Our guest, Jonathan Daugherty, was the definition of a sexual addict. For 13 years, Jonathan lived a secret life and stopped at nothing until he got his fix.

At the young age of 12, he recalls being introduced into the world of pornography by way of a Playboy magazine. That’s all it took for this young boy to begin searching for more. This led to excessive masturbation during middle school and high school, which later turned into something much more serious.

As he got older, Jonathan hoped getting married would resolve his addiction to sex. Little did he know it would end up tearing his life apart.

Addicted to Sex – Crossing the Lines

During the HealthyPlace TV Show, Jonathan discussed in great detail the power of his addiction and the great lengths he would go through to keep this secret life from everyone around him. He crossed lines and rationalized every step of the way. His addiction to sex took him from looking at JC Penney catalogs to soliciting prostitutes. He was at the point of no return. After countless indiscretions and thousands of dollars later, he confessed to his wife and got the help he needed.

Helping Others Recover From Sexual Addiction

Now, the founder of Be Broken Ministries, he commits his life to helping others who suffer with sexual addiction. Although Jonathan has come a long way from his days as a sexual addict, he confesses that he can’t do it alone. He credits his recovery to his counseling and group sessions, people in his life that hold him accountable, and of course, his wife. He is happy to report that after a 9-month separation, they have been back together for over 9 years.

Being Addicted to Sex is No Laughing Matter

Dr. Croft wants viewers to know that this addiction is severe. Don’t let the controversy surrounding the validity sexual addiction fool you. The pain and end results are real.

If you are engaging in illicit behavior such as countless one night stands, having affairs if you are married, soliciting prostitutes, or spending countless hours and dollars viewing internet porn, you should seek help before you spiral out of control. As Jonathan mentioned in his candid interview, it requires much more than just “saying no.”

If you think you might be struggling with this problem, take a minute to evaluate yourself with our online sexual addiction test. Together with Jonathan’s story, it could be just what you need to take that first step to freeing yourself and living a better life.

If you missed our show on the Pain of Sexual Addiction, you can watch it “on-demand”.

Next Tuesday on the HealthyPlace TV Show

Join us next Tuesday evening at 5:30 PT, 7:30 CT, 8:30 ET as we look into the fascinating world of Narcissism with our guest, Samuel Vaknin. If you have experience with this subject, either as a narcissist or someone who has been victimized by a narcissist, you’re welcome to drop me a comment or share your story at producer AT healthplace.com.

Remember, at Healthyplace.com, you’re never alone.

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Sexual Addiction – July 21

Sexual Addiction – July 21

Being an addict is difficult. The desire for drugs, alcohol or cigarettes can be so powerful that the need will disrupt the ability to lead a normal life.

Although addictions to these substances are awful, they seem to be accepted in society. Now take a minute to think about a different kind of addiction – sexual addiction. In a society that already views sex as taboo, how is sexual addiction looked upon?

Does Sexual Addiction Really Exist?

The belief that sexual addiction is a true addiction is often debated. On Tuesday’s show, we’ll explore this growing disorder and look at ways to recognize and heal from it (read Symptoms of Sexual Addiction).

Our guest, Jonathan Daugherty, will share how his life and belief system were challenged during a 13 year intense battle with sexual addiction. Despite being a married man, he continued to feed his sexual addiction; first by engaging in internet porn and ultimately by soliciting sex from prostitutes. Feeling alone and with nowhere to turn, Jonathan flirted with thoughts of suicide.

Fortunately, he’s been able to manage his addiction to sex and is now the founder of Be Broken ministries, an organization that that reaches out to men and women who are affected by sexual addiction.

Tune in Tuesday at 7:30 pm CST, 8:30 ET as Jonathan tells his story of surviving sexual addiction and how difficult the desire for sex is to manage on a daily basis. Our Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft will also be on hand to discuss the causes of sexual addiction and various treatments for sexual addiction. He’ll also answer any questions you may have on this or any mental health topic. Watch the video on Sexual Addiction Recovery.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to share your story on sexual addiction, e-mail me at producer AT healthyplace.com. If you are concerned that you may be addicted to sex, take our online sexual addiction test for additional insight.

See you Tuesday! Watch the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show live on our site or “on-demand”.

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More on Guest for Sexual Addiction Show

More on Guest for Sexual Addiction Show

On the HealthyPlace TV show, airing live tonight at 7:30 PM Central, 8:30 Eastern, the topic is sexual addiction . It’s a difficult one and some of the points we’ll be addressing include:

  • How to tell if your sexual impulses are normal
  • Where to find help if you have a sexual addiction
  • What it means to maintain sexual sobriety
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Sexual Addiction TV Show: First-Hand Stories of Sex Addiction

Sexual Addiction TV Show: First-Hand Stories of Sex Addiction

The sexual addiction HealthyPlace TV Show interviews several sex addicts to discover what sex addiction is and how it affects life. Watch now.

Recently, several celebrities including, most famously, David Duchovny, have publicly faced ‘sexual addiction‘. What does it mean to have a sexual addiction? Isn’t it normal to love sex?

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