Sexual addiction , also known as sex addiction , is a state characterized by compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity , particularly sexual intercourse , despite negative consequences. Proponents of a diagnostic model for sexual addiction consider it to be one of several sex-related disorders within hypersexual disorder. Related or synonymous models of pathological sexual behavior include hypersexuality nymphomania and satyriasis , erotomania , Don Juanism or Don Juanitaism , and paraphilia -related disorders. The concept of sexual addiction is contentious. Animal research has established that compulsive sexual behavior arises from the same transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms that mediate drug addiction in laboratory animals; however, as of , [update] sexual addiction is not a clinical diagnosis in either the DSM or ICD medical classifications of diseases and medical disorders.
Sexual addiction has been called sexual dependency and sexual compulsivity. Sexual addicts make sex a priority more important than family, friends, and work. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior. At Gentle Path at The Meadows, we understand the complex nature of male sexual addiction.
Out of this despair, we came to Sex Addicts Anonymous. We were addicted to sexual behaviors that we returned to over and over, despite the consequences. We might have felt appalled by our acting-out behavior. But when we were in our addiction, we would slip into a kind of trance.
Sex addiction can be conceptualized as the compulsive engagement in sex despite negative consequences. While not always recognized as a legitimate diagnosis, sex addiction has real consequences, including a negative impact on relationships and well-being. The concept of sex addiction has been thought of in a variety of ways.