6 Types of a Sex Addict
Sex addiction can feel like an impossible problem to deal with. For addicts, sex becomes a way of managing overwhelming emotion or stress. When the addiction threatens relationships, work, self-respect, and reputation, the addict will try to stop. But, the emotions and stresses remain and the compulsion to return to addictive behavior overcomes his or her resolve.
Identifying the roots of the addiction is a big step toward finding a solution to permanently stop the addictive behavior. The 6 Typology Model of Sex Addiction developed by psychologist and author Douglas Weiss offers therapists a framework for treatment.
When the specific type of sex addiction is clarified, the therapist can help the sex addict recognize and respond in a healthy way to the root causes of the addiction.
If the addict is in a committed relationship, his or her partner can be a powerful addition to the therapy, helping to identify the damage done by the addiction and working with the addict to escape from the addiction. Working together as a couple also pushes the addict to give up on lying about his or her behavior, take responsibility, and acknowledge the real cost of refusing to change.
Self-honesty is your first step out of the cycle of out-of-control behavior.