May 12, 2013
Addictions can come in many forms, but I will be focusing on sexual addiction. There are many ways to help people fight addiction such as counseling, or rehabilitation.
Everyday in America, more people become addicted to sex. According to the National Association of Sexual Addiction Problems, “1 out of 17 people are addicted to sex.” Many people become addicted to it and do not even know it. “Sexual addiction is a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts” (Herkov). This disorder affects both men and woman, although about 65% of them are men (King). Sexual addiction starts off as a slight fantasy or dream Once one is an addict, they will begin to gain little or no satisfaction from their acts and must become an addict on a much larger scale. Thus leading many people to become molesters, rapist, and prostitutes. About 55% of convicted sex offenders and about 71% of child molesters are addicts (Landau). But either way it is approached, all sex addicts must start somewhere.
A lot of people want to know if sex is a real addiction, from the research I conducted I learned that it is not an addiction it comes from stress, shame, or anxiety. I always thought that it came from people that couldn't control their sexual urges I had no idea that it came from these elements of someones life. According to Rory Reid he is a neurological scientist he says that, "it is more about sex than an eating disorder is about food or a compulsive gambling is about money" that statement puts it all into perspective because no addiction is about the pleasure of getting what you want out of it.
There are many ways to seek help for any addiction but it really all comes down to if that person wants the help that is needed to help them fight the addiction. Rehabilitation is only one of the many treatments that will help people get over their addictions but also therapy and medication can be a substitute for rehabilitation but some rehab centers offer both of these which will ultimately heal the patient of his/her addiction.
Having a sexual comes with some bad results such as sexually transmitted diseases or even bacterial infections, me myself I have only caught one STD it was Chlamydia it is a bacterial infection and is one of the most common in the United States (according to Web MD) the symptoms consist of:
A clear or whitish yellow discharge from the tip of the penis A frequent urge to urinate or a burning sensation while urinating Redness at the tip of the penis
Mild discomfort that you may mistake for menstrual cramps Vaginal discharge that may have a bad smell
Bleeding between periods
Pain when having sex
Itching or burning in or around the vagina
Pain when urinating
How this is treated is you will be prescribed an oral biotic (Doxycycline) and a single dose of Azithromycin you will be directed to take the antibiotic twice a day. The doctor will also want your partner to be treated also to prevent future complications. Women who have serious infection such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease will need to be hospitalized they will also need to take antibiotics for a longer period of time.
Sex addicts can sometimes enter a state of denial about their addiction because they don't want to realize that they have a problem and that they need help they will continue to deny the fact when someone approaches them about it they get upset or offended about what is being said to them. I know a teen that is suffering with this addiction he is 17...
References: 1. http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/docview/205819384
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