Sex Addiction

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The Growing Concern of Sex Addiction

Sex addiction, often referred to as hypersexuality or compulsive sexual behavior, is a condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. It can lead to devastating consequences for both the person struggling and their loved ones. But there is hope, and that hope is embodied at New Origins, where we offer a comprehensive, compassionate, and an evidence-based approach to help those who seek a fresh start in their journey towards recovery from sex addiction.

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What Is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction is a complex and challenging disorder characterized by a compulsive and obsessive need to engage in sexual behaviors. Just like other forms of addiction, individuals suffering from sex addiction often find themselves unable to control their impulses, leading to negative consequences in their personal, professional, and emotional lives. It’s important to note that sex addiction is not simply about a high sex drive but is rooted in a deep compulsion that disrupts one’s daily life.

The Cycle of Sex Addiction

Sex addiction often follows a destructive cycle, similar to other behavioral addictions:
Understanding this cycle is crucial because it serves as a foundation for treatment and recovery.


A person encounters a trigger, which can be a stressful situation, loneliness, or a variety of emotional states.


The trigger leads to an intense compulsion to engage in sexual behaviors, which can include excessive pornography consumption, one-night stands, or soliciting sex workers.


Before acting out on their compulsions, individuals often engage in ritualistic behaviors, such as excessive online browsing or the development of fantasies.

Sexual Act

The individual carries out the sexual act, providing temporary relief from the emotional discomfort that triggered the cycle.

Guilt and Shame

Following the sexual act, guilt and shame set in. This, in turn, reinforces the cycle and prompts the person to seek sexual behaviors again to escape these negative emotions.

Signs and Symptoms of Sex Addiction

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of sex addiction is essential for seeking help. These signs can include:

  • Preoccupation with Sexual Thoughts

    Constantly thinking about sexual activities, sometimes to the detriment of other responsibilities.

  • Neglecting Responsibilities

    Neglecting work, family, and social obligations due to the compulsive need for sexual behavior.

  • Failed Attempts to Control Behavior

    Repeated, unsuccessful attempts to control or limit sexual behavior.

  • Escalation of Sexual Activities

    A need for more frequent or extreme sexual activities to achieve the same level of satisfaction.

  • Relationship Issues

    Problems in intimate relationships, often due to infidelity or emotional withdrawal.

  • Withdrawal Symptoms

    Experiencing restlessness, irritability, or anxiety when unable to engage in sexual activities.

  • Loss of Interest in Non-sexual Activities

    Loss of interest in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyable.

Recognizing these symptoms is crucial for early intervention and seeking help is the first step toward overcoming this addiction.

Treatment at New Origins

New Origins Center is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals seeking treatment for sex addiction. Our approach is rooted in evidence-based therapies that have proven effective in helping individuals regain control of their lives. Treatment options include:

Individual Therapy

Our experienced therapists work one-on-one with clients to identify the underlying causes of their addiction and develop coping strategies.

Group Therapy

Group sessions allow individuals to connect with others facing similar challenges, providing a sense of community and shared experiences.

Couples Counseling

For those whose relationships have been affected by sex addiction, we offer couples counseling to facilitate healing and understanding.

Family Support

We understand that sex addiction affects not only the individual but also their loved ones. Our family support programs help families navigate the challenges of recovery.

12-Step Programs

We incorporate the principles of 12-step programs to guide individuals in their journey towards recovery.

Holistic Therapies

In addition to traditional therapy, we offer holistic approaches such as meditation, yoga, and art therapy to promote overall well-being.

The Importance of Seeking Help

Seeking help for sex addiction is a courageous step towards a healthier, more fulfilling life. Ignoring the issue can lead to a myriad of negative consequences, including:

Ruined Relationships

Unaddressed sex addiction can destroy intimate relationships, leading to separation or divorce.

Mental Health Issues

The guilt, shame, and anxiety associated with sex addiction can exacerbate existing mental health conditions or lead to the development of new ones.

Financial Problems

The costs associated with addictive sexual behaviors can lead to financial difficulties.

Legal Issues

Engaging in illegal sexual activities, such as solicitation of sex workers, can result in legal problems.

Health Risks

Risky sexual behaviors can lead to the contraction of sexually transmitted infections and other health issues.

Confidentiality and Support at New Origins

At New Origins, we understand the importance of privacy and confidentiality when seeking help for sex addiction. We maintain strict confidentiality and provide a non-judgmental, compassionate atmosphere to help you on your journey to recovery.

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Towards New Beginnings

Recovery from sex addiction is possible. If you or a loved one is struggling with this issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to New Origins. Our team of dedicated professionals is here to support you through every step of your recovery journey. Don’t let sex addiction control your life any longer. Take the first step towards a new beginning today.