Obsession: Intercourse, pornography.
Compulsion: Participating in sexual activities, watching pornography.
If you’re too shy to talk about it, you’re not alone. It’s hard enough to admit an addiction in your head – forget saying it out loud! But you don’t have to be a sex addict to have at least one sex issue. Maybe you watch pornography, interact with prostitutes, or engage in risky relationships. Perhaps you withhold sex from your partner, carry past sexual traumas, or struggle with your sexual identity.
These are all “symptoms” of distressing experiences. Like relationship issues above, sex can be a powerful drug for a person struggling with issues of low self-esteem or self-worth, problematic early sexual experiences, or from OCD-like compulsions. But through the therapeutic process, the person struggling begins to better understand their own problematic dynamics and develops the tools to overcome them.