What is Sex Addiction? 2024-05-20T10:42:45+00:00

What is Sex Addiction?

Sex Addiction is any type of ‘out of control’ sexual activity that results in negative consequences, and in spite of the physical, emotional, relational, financial and even judicial cost of these activities, a sex addict will be unable to stop this behaviour.

Are you struggling with a sex or porn addiction or seeking support to break free from its grip? You’re not alone. I offer specialised sex addiction help and support in Cheshire and across the North West. With a discreet and empathetic approach, I’m here to guide you on your journey to healing and recovery.

Understanding Sex Addiction

Like all addictions, this behaviour causes distress and despair for the individual and his/her partner and family. The addict will spend an exceptional amount of time planning, engaging in and recovering from their chosen sexual activity. This kind of addiction can, and often does progress until sex becomes the most essential need, and more important than family, friends, or work.

Out of control sexual behaviours are used to anaesthetise psychological pain. The addiction is just like an alcoholic who takes to the bottle or a compulsive gambler who fixates on the next win to avoid the pain of life, a sex addict will choose sex as their coping mechanism.

Sex addiction is a powerful force that can lead to negative consequences in all aspects of your life. Despite the toll it takes on your physical, emotional, and relational wellbeing, breaking free can feel insurmountable. If you’re looking for compassionate and dedicated help and support, contact me today. I work with clients in Manchester, Liverpool and across the North West.

Are You A Sex Addict?

The first step towards change is recognising the issue. Honestly answer the following questions. If you answer yes to 8 or more questions, it is highly likely that you are suffering from sex addiction. It’s important to understand that this isn’t something to face alone. I’m here to help you come to terms with and overcome this challenge.

  • Do you feel that your sexual behavior is not normal?
  • Do you feel that you don’t want anyone to know about your sexual activities?
  • Do you feel you need to hide these activities from others; family, friends, co-workers, counselors’ etc?
  • Have you ever worried about people finding out about your sexual activities?
  • Have you had sex at inappropriate times, in inappropriate places, and/or with inappropriate people?
  • Have you felt degraded by your sexual behaviours?
  • When you have sex, do you feel depressed afterwards?
  • Are you controlled by your sexual desire?Is life unmanageable because of your excessive sexual needs?
  • Have important parts of your life (such as job, family, friends, leisure activities) been neglected because you were spending too much time on sex?
  • Has sex been a way for you to escape your problems?
  • Have you felt the need to discontinue a certain form of sexual activity?
  • Has your sexual activity interfered with your family life?
  • Have you been sexual with minors?
  • Do you feel controlled by your sexual desire?

Examples of the kind of sexual behaviour that may indicate you have a sex addiction are:-

  • Compulsive masturbation
  • Compulsive use of pornography
  • Sleeping with strangers
  • Having multiple, ongoing affairs
  • Exhibitionism
  • Fetishes
  • Dangerous sexual practices
  • Prostitution
  • Anonymous sex
  • Voyeurism
  • Telephone sex
  • Chat room/online sex
  • Porn Addiction
  • Partner sex
  • Illegal sexual practices

Compassionate Support

My approach is grounded in compassion, non-judgment, and practicality. As a Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist, I have extensive experience in helping individuals navigate their way out of the clutches of sex addiction. By reaching out for help, you’re taking a crucial step towards a healthier, more fulfilling life. Whether you’re in Manchester, Liverpool, or elsewhere across the North West, I am here to help you take the first step.

Take the First Step

If you need help to come to terms with and overcome a porn or sexual addiction, take the first step to recovery and get in touch. For a free 10 minute, no obligation telephone consultation or to book an appointment at my office in Wilmslow, Cheshire, please fill in the Contact Form, call me on 07968 758525 or email bonniewallace1302@gmail.com

Sessions are charged at £70 for 50 minutes.

Hope and support for men and women with sexual addiction and dysfunction in Manchester and Wilmslow