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Sex Addicts Anonymous

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"The homepage of Sex Addicts Anonymous, a 12-step organization helping men and women share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may overcome their sexual addiction and recover from sexual addiction."

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Asexual Visibility and Education Network

Asexual Visibility and Education Network | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

Asexual: A person who does not experience sexual attraction.


Welcome to.....the world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.


Unlike celibacy, which is a choice, asexuality is a sexual orientation. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everybody else and are just as capable of forming intimate relationships.

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Non-Paraphilic Compulsive Sexual Behavior and Psychiatric Co-morbidities in Gay and Bisexual Men

Non-Paraphilic Compulsive Sexual Behavior and Psychiatric Co-morbidities in Gay and Bisexual Men | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

This study explored the features of non-paraphilic compulsive sexual behavior (NPCSB) in a community sample of 183 gay and bisexual men in New York City who reported difficulty controlling their sexual behavior.


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Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 18, No. 3, pages 114 - 134. (2011)

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Women struggle with Sex Addiction too (Video)

A candid and informative 10 minute video, especially the initial interview with Marnie Ferre.  Christian, but some insights have broad application. Marnie Ferree's video "Women and Sex Addiction" is also quite exceptional and well worth the time.

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♀ Women struggle with Sex Addiction too

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Sexplanations II: Helping Addicted Parents Talk with their Children about Healthy Sexuality, Sexual Addiction, and Sexual Abuse

In research with recovering addicts and co-addict/partners who are parents, the majority of the participants are concerned with what to tell their children about sexual addiction. Additionally, parents want to speak to their children about sexual health, protect them from abusive sexual situations and provide guidance about difficult sexual topics, but do not know when to begin or what to say. This article provides therapists and other helpers with suggestions to help recovering parents be good sex educators of their children and help stop the cycles of abuse and misuse of sexuality.


Author: M. Deborah Corley

Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 12, No. 4, pages 245 - 258 (2005).


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BDSM - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

BDSM - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

BDSM is an erotic preference and a form of sexual expression involving the consensual use of restraint, intense sensory stimulation, and fantasy power role play.  BDSM includes a wide spectrum of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships, and distinct subcultures.


(Curator note: this item is included on this site in the "Normative Assumptions" page.)

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Is Sex Addiction a Real Addiction?

Is Sex Addiction a Real Addiction? | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

Curator comment: This brief article presents some basic controversies about the concept of sex addiction, although not in as much detail as other items in this category.


Elizabeth Hartney, About.com July 31, 2010

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Is Sex Addiction Real?

Is Sex Addiction Real? | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it
Describes the critique of the sex addiction model and why sex addiction may not be a useful way of understanding out of control sexual behaviors.

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Cory Silverberg, About.com  October 2, 2008

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Sexaholics Anonymous

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"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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Q&A: How Much Masturbation Is Too Much? | ThirdAge

Q&A: How Much Masturbation Is Too Much? | ThirdAge | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

A very brief Q&A with Sandor Gardos, a psychologist, sex therapist, board-certified sexologist and CEO of MyPleasure, seller of adult sex toys.


"I don't subscribe to the notion of sexual addiction, but I do believe in compulsive sexual behavior."

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Greta Christina's Blog: Are You A Sex Addict?

Greta Christina's Blog: Are You A Sex Addict? | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

This two-part posting by Greta Christina eviscerates the "Sexual Addiction Screening Test".

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Self-Efficacy and Attributions about Change in Persons Attempting to Reduce Compulsive Sexual Behavior with Medication vs. Placebo

Self-Efficacy and Attributions about Change in Persons Attempting to Reduce Compulsive Sexual Behavior with Medication vs. Placebo | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"(P)rescription practices for compulsive sexual behavior should at minimum include therapeutic techniques that increase confidence to change without medication once it is discontinued."


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 Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 18, No. 4, pages 232-242   (2011)

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Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, or S.L.A.A., is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition oriented Fellowship of men and women who help each other to stay sober. We offer help to anyone who has a sex addiction or love addiction or both and wants to do something about it."

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I Am a Sex Addict (2005)

I Am a Sex Addict (2005) | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

Autobiographical comedy about a recovering sex addict, about his obsession with prostitutes, and how that affected his relationships and his life altogether.


From 2005.

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Sexual Addiction Among Teens: A Review

Sexual Addiction Among Teens: A Review | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it
Very little thought or research has been directed to the topic of teen sexual addiction. This status quo is due to differences in opinion regarding the concept of sexual addiction as it applies to teens. This article examines this concept. Its definitions, definitional problems, epidemiology, etiology and prediction, prevention and treatment are described. It is concluded that there probably does exist a phenomenon of sexual addiction that applies across the life course (including the teenage years), that deserves much more study.


Steve Sussman

(2007). Sexual Addiction among Teens: A Review. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 14, No. 4, pages 257 - 278.

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Hypersexuality: The sexy 900 lb gorilla in the room

"My most pronounced and dangerous manic symptom is hypersexuality. This is the behavior (among others) that eventually brought me to a Bipolar I diagnosis."

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Curator comment: this is a blog post by a person writing about hypersexuality as a symptom of his bipolar disorder.   He has subsequently written a follow-up commentary, "Hypersexuality; Picking Up the Pieces".

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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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