Sex addicts do not necessarily become sex offenders. Roughly 55 percent of convicted sex offenders can be considered sex addicts.
More recently, however, an awareness of brain changes and brain reward associated with sexual behavior has led us to understand that there are also powerful sexual drives that motivate sex offenses.
The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” In other words, a sex addict will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviors despite facing potential health risks, financial problems, shattered relationships or even arrest.
For some sex addicts, behavior does not progress beyond compulsive masturbation or the extensive use of pornography or phone or computer sex services.
For others, addiction can involve illegal activities such as exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, child molestation or rape.
His wife of 27 years was threatening to leave him, he was embarrassed over his behavior, and felt more alone and empty than when he began the flirtatious actions.
Let’s explore how this seemingly innocuous behavior can become an addiction. He had no idea that he was craving attention and encouragement.For example, we can live normal and happy lives without ever gambling, taking illicit drugs or drinking alcohol.Even the most genetically vulnerable person will function well without ever being exposed to, or provoked by, these addictive activities. Like eating, having sex is necessary for human survival.Fourth, Because it is dangerous, and we know it is wrong, we start hiding things from our mate. Finally, Our needs are not wrong — only the way we are going about getting them met.Cal needed to step back, take an inventory of his life and marriage, and consider how he might spruce up his life.Like all addictions, its negative impact on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder progresses.