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The Sex Addict

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While no single behavioral pattern constitutes a sexual addiction, a prevailing characteristic of sexual dependency is its ability to dominate one’s life. The sex addict places sex above all, including family, friends and career. In an effort to preserve and continue their compulsive behavior, an addict will sacrifice meaningful relationships and opportunities, giving more and more power to their obsession. Caught up in the whirlwind of ‘acting out’ behaviors such as compulsive masturbation, anonymous sex, pornography, prostitution, exhibitionism, voyeurism, indecent phone calls, massage parlors and strip clubs, the lives of sexual addicts become consumed and unmanageable. While less common, some acting out behaviors can evolve into offending behavior, such as child molestation, incest, rape or other forms of sexual violence.…

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