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SCA - Sexual Compulsives Anonymous

SCA - Sexual Compulsives Anonymous | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"Sexual Compulsives Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from sexual compulsion."

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The Traumatic Nature of Disclosure for Wives of Sexual Addicts

Wives of sexual addicts experience distressing symptoms in response to the disclosure of their husbands' compulsive sexual behaviors and often describe the disclosure event as traumatic. The results of this study suggest that a majority of wives of sexual addicts respond to disclosure with significant trauma-related distress. The data also reveal that years married at the time of disclosure and number of previous traumatic event exposures best predicted total trauma symptom severity scores. The study concluded with a discussion of the benefits of using a trauma model to understand and treat wives of sexual addicts following disclosure.


Authors: Barbara A. Steffens & Robyn L. Rennie

Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 13, No. 2-3, pages 247-267 (2006).


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Integritsas - Hacia una Sexualidad Integra

Integritsas - Hacia una Sexualidad Integra | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

La adicción sexual afecta a miles de personas, y es una condición que puede tener efectos devastadores en la vida personal, de pareja, familiar y laboral.


Spanish-language site on sex addiction

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The Secret Life of a Sex Addict - HealthyPlace

The Secret Life of a Sex Addict - HealthyPlace | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

A 2008 staff-written article documenting the auatobiographical account of two self-identified sex addicts chronicling their personal stories.

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What You Should Know about Hypersexual Disorder

What You Should Know about Hypersexual Disorder | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

In this editorial, the commentary discusses how the terms "sexual addiction" and "hypersexuality" contain conceptual similarities and differences, with broad implications.


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Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 18, No. 3, pages 107 - 113. (2011)

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S-Anon International Family Groups

S-Anon International Family Groups | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"S-Anon is a program of recovery for those who have been affected by someone else's sexual behavior. S-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous."

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Sexual Addiction and The "3 Second Rule" | Bill Herring, LCSW, CSAT

For sex addicts, the "3-second rule" is helpful for managing potentially addictive thoughts.  This article describes that technique, along with the concepts of objectification, intrigue, fantasy and obsession.

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How To Live On Earth

How To Live On Earth | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it
When You've Been Through Hell: Writing. Healing. Trauma. Recovery & Life after Childhood Abuse and Another's Sex Addiction


From 2009 to 2011

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Sex Isn't an Addiction

Sex Isn't an Addiction | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

Amanda Marcotte posted this article entitled "Sex Isn't An Addiction" on Slate on December 21, 2009.


Curator's commentary: there are a lot of challenges to the addiction paradigm and there are some oft-cited points in this article worthy of consideration, but much is a tired rehashing of misguided assumptions that don't seem to reflect any real understanding about the core population that truly defines this syndrome.  Many therapists who specialize in this area sigh when reading these kinds of articles (including those written by other therapists)  and say sadly: "You simply haven't seen what I've seen." By claiming examples of how the phrase "sex addiction" can be misused, articles like this do little more than demean and dismiss countless examples of true human misery by simplifying and "prettying up" the core isolation, devastation, powerlessness, misery, hopelessness, terror, heartbreak, trauma and sometimes life-ending consequences that don't come anywhere near such wry, pseudo-sophisticated pronouncements such as:


"Claims that they (i.e. addicts) aren't swept up in puritanical judgments of diverse sexual experiences fall flat.


".....if your coworkers or family members are serious prudes, homophobes, or have massive hang-ups, then you are fair game for being called a sex addict."


"Sometimes it's probably unfair, and the wives are way too judgmental of a perfectly normal masturbation rate."

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A "Sex Addict" By Any Other Name Hurts the Same | Bill Herring, LCSW, CSAT

Sometimes people don't want to accept the label "sex addict' for themselves without considering what the painful alternatives may be for explaining their behavior.  As this article states:


"Four choices are available, and all of them have the ability to seriously impair the quality of life a person can ever expect to experience unless they are openly addressed in an honest and sustained manner. It may be surprising which answer offers the most hope."

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Woman.Anonymous7

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"This is an open journal of my experience coping with infidelity and sex addiction. Or...What To Expect When You Weren't Expecting."


This well-written blog by a woman in 12-step recovery has been ongoing since 2007.

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The Daffodil's Lament

The Daffodil's Lament | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"Life after the discovery of my husband's sex addiction."


Another courageous blog that posted from 2009-2010.

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living sobriety

An extremely well-written and at times provocative personal narrative of sex addiction recovery from 2007 to the current day.

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Sexaholics Anonymous

Sexaholics Anonymous | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"Sexaholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover."

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My Sex Drug: What Acting Out Felt Like (A personal narrative)

My Sex Drug: What Acting Out Felt Like (A personal narrative) | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

Curator comment: This blog post from 2009 paints in stark colors the turmoil and despair that many sex addicts will understand.  To those who think sex addiction is just a term used to negatively label people who enjoy a lot of sex, or to excuse people from the consequences of their actions, this harsh slice of real-life honesty reveals nothing to laugh about or easily dismiss.

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Dr. Marty Klein: Why “Sexual Addiction” Is Not A Useful Diagnosis — And Why It Matters

Dr. Marty Klein:  Why “Sexual Addiction” Is Not A Useful Diagnosis — And Why It Matters | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

Curator's note: this is a collection of misunderstandings about the true nature of addictive/compulsive sexual behavior. A cogent argument exists to contradict every point.


Note: This article is from 1998, making this by far the most out-dated item on this site.

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SAMHSA Announces A Working Definition Of "Recovery" From Mental Disorders And Substance Use Disorders

SAMHSA Announces A Working Definition Of "Recovery" From Mental Disorders And Substance Use Disorders | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

A new working definition of recovery from mental disorders and substance use disorders is being announced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


A useful overview of the often-used  term "recovery".

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Sexual Addiction Forum

Sexual Addiction Forum | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

This is a sexual addiction message board on Psychforum.com.  Registered members can post questions, concerns and comments they have about any aspect of addictive/compulsive sexual behavior.  A person does not have to be registered to view the topics. 

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The Junkies' Wives Club - We're all here because we're not all there.

The Junkies' Wives Club - We're all here because we're not all there. | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

This network for the family members, friends, and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics has a specific forum called "Sex Addict Codies" for partners of sex addicts.  Requires a simple registration to access.

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Can You Really Be Addicted To Love?

Can You Really Be Addicted To Love? | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"I had never heard the phrase 'Addicted to Love' uttered outside a Robert Palmer video or bad poetry until a few years ago, when a particularly poisonous breakup drove me temporarily insane."


By Catherine Townsend

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Life on the Swingset: A Primer for the Swinging Lifestyle

Life on the Swingset: A Primer for the Swinging Lifestyle | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

Life on the Swingset is a podcast and blog about swinging, polyamory, open relationships, and "the lifestyle" from the trenches. A diverse group tackles many issues involved with non-monogamy and what it means to be a swinger from the point of view of educating and illuminating what, for many, is a confusing journey to begin.


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Why Are Some Women Sex Addicts/Love Addicts?

Why Are Some Women Sex Addicts/Love Addicts? | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"In the United States, women have historically been discouraged from being sexually aggressive. Consequently females admitting to sex addiction are rare. More frequently, women are called “nymphomaniacs” or “whores”. These are not terms that women want to be identified with and so they do not get treatment."


A short piece written by Nancy Travers, LCSW.

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The Himalayan Times : Address Sexual Dysfunction! | Nepal News Portal

This article is most notable because it is from the Himalayan News Service with a Kathmandu dateline.

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Am I a Sex Addict? - Dr. Tammy Nelson

Am I a Sex Addict?  -  Dr. Tammy Nelson | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

A very brief post that distinguishes a sexual problem from a sexual addiction.

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Sex Addiction Diary

A personal narrative of a recovering sex addict who chose to blog about his experience for two months in 2010.

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