In today’s world, sex is everywhere – online, on billboards, on television, in schools, books, magazines, and pretty much any other form of media that you can think of. With so much exposure, there is an increased likelihood for an individual to have a strong sexual desire that’s difficult for them to control. Dr. Elena Riedo, a trusted Roanoke CSAT therapist, understands this as her area of clinical specialty focuses on the assessment and treatment of multiple chemical and process addictions with an emphasis on intimacy disorders, sex/love addiction and relational trauma, co-dependence, chronic infidelity, pornography addiction (with adults and teens), divorce, and the often related symptoms of anxiety and depression.
If you’ve noticed that your partner will not bond with you and seemingly (and maybe suddenly) has no interest in continuing their emotional and intimate bond with you, it may be possible that they have an addiction to sex. There are many different types of sex addiction, including pornography addiction or cybersex, in which there is no true bond being formed and there are no strings attached.
Unfortunately there are many different consequences that can and often do result from sexual addictions. Some of the most common consequences to be mindful of are:
- Financial: Whether it’s poor productivity at work or money spent on sex through prostitution, cybersex, phone sex or online sexual fantasy chat rooms, there is great stress financially that can come from sex addiction.
- Health: When you suffer from a sex addiction, it’s likely that you’re taking part in promiscuous activity that can lead to unwanted pregnancies, STDs, or rape.
- Social: Many sex addicts will not interact socially because they spend their time taking part in cybersex while others may be over pushy or too sexual when in social interactions which can lead to social upset.
- Emotional: Sex addiction is a disease and many sex addicts, despite their desire to quit taking part in extreme sexual activity, are unable to on their own. This leads to failure and emotional upset that can linger and cause depression or anxiety for the addict.