Sex Addiction For Women May Involve Obsessive Relationships

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When women become addicted to sex, the consequences can be deadly. A recent article reports how one woman was repeatedly and desperately texting her boyfriend, then hit a family in a van when she couldn’t control her vehicle. No lives were lost, but the experience prompted the woman, author Rachel Resnick, to take a look at how obsessive her sexual interests had become.

Resnick went on to share her story in her book “Love Junkie,” stating how her sexual addiction was based on her need for a feeling of acceptance and security. Love, it turns out, is what Resnick was seeking all along, not sex.

The problem of sexual addiction is growing among women; say recent articles. Women may be more vulnerable to an overcoming need for relationship connections. When their long-held insecurities or inability to form personal bonds with others come into the picture, the result can be an addiction to sex to fill that void.

The sex, say experts, becomes the way women learn to avoid or self-medicate the painful emotions of insecurity or non-acceptance. Through proper diagnosis of the complex condition, people can regain their lives and reach a point of recovery.

The symptoms of sexual addiction can be just as severe as other addictions, including isolation from friends and social relationships, loss of finances, job loss due to inappropriate activity or lack of concentration, and strong feelings of shame/guilt that lead to depression.

Sex addiction can also be linked to cases of trauma during childhood or sexual abuse for both men and women. For women, sex addiction may become demonstrated in obsessive, repeated sexual relationships with partners. For men, the addiction may involve more use of pornography or compulsive masturbation.

Some experts believe more women are using Internet pornography or cybersex than previously believed, with numbers reaching at least 40 percent among women who use the Internet.

Like drug or alcohol addiction, professional help from an expert trained in sexual addiction is required to help understand the multi-faceted factors and triggers involved in the addiction, and learn new ways to address these stressors.