There are men out there who wrongfully assume that having a girlfriend who is a sex addict is a dream come true. There are also women out there who wrongfully believe that all men are addicted to sex. Both categories could not be farther away from the truth, as sexual addiction is a thing, and it’s bad.

#1: Sex addiction is not limited to sex.

It’s wrong to think that a person who is sexually addicted wants intercourse and nothing else. Sex addicts are addicted to pornography, masturbation, exhibitionism, and to pretty much everything that’s related to the topic of sex.

Their sex drive is so intense, they have trouble focusing on day-to-day activities, causing them unable to concentrate on work, relationships, or anything that’s not sex-related. Sex addiction shares a similar pattern to substance addiction, only there’s an activity involved.

#2: Sex addiction has different male and female terms.

The correct term to describe a woman’s sexual addiction is “nymphomania”, while men with a sex addition are said to have “satyriasis”.

#3: Sex addiction is very difficult to treat.

Attention! The keyword here is “difficult”, not “impossible”. However, an addict will often try to justify their actions through a series of thought processes, so if they don’t actually recognize their addition, they will not respond to treatment, which is mostly in therapeutical form.

Yes, there are support groups for people addicted to sex. No, that’s not just something you see in movies. These programs are meant to help people find balance and self-control, while also understanding the concepts of equilibrium and consent.

#4: Sex addiction isn’t even enjoyable.

If you’ve ever had a sudden urge to eat an entire bar of caramel chocolate, I completely understand you. But if you had to eat a bar of chocolate every single hour for the rest of your life, would you enjoy it? Probably not, because the more you do one particular thing, the less you will enjoy it in the long run.

Sex addicts eventually turn to sex because of a much deeper psychological problem, not because they fully enjoy the act itself (although in the beginning, they surely do). Sex addiction is to be considered the same as every other addiction: you think you’re enjoying the moment, but there’s usually a deeper explanation at the base of the addiction. Oh, not to mention all the people you’re hurting in the process.

#5: Sex addiction can have legal consequences.

One of the main things that sex addicts like is exhibitionism. And no, that’s not something legal. Even more, people with an addiction to sex may have a hard time understanding boundaries. A few of them also have trouble grasping the concept of consent. Needless to say, both of these can have legal implications, particularly if things start to get violent during the act.

And consequences don’t just stop there: sex addicts are more likely to end up with a sexually transmitted disease, in debt (as men will often turn to prostitutes if they are addicted to sex), they will lose reputation, their jobs (because they won’t be able to focus on doing their work), and they also become more vulnerable to depression.

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