Sex and love addiction
— a damaging psychological disorder
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About sex and love addiction
Sex and love - a powerful compulsion
A healthy attitude toward sex and intimacy is something that many people regard as a normal part of life. However, for some individuals, sex and love can become a powerful compulsion that is almost impossible to control. The effects of sex and love can change our brain chemistry in a similar way to substances such as addictive drugs. The influence of the Internet has led to the wide availability of sexually explicit images, videos, and websites offering sexual services. These factors are thought to have contributed to a significant increase in sexual disorders. Estimates by The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health suggest that around 3 to 5 per cent of the population may suffer from sex addiction.
Treatment for sex and love addiction
Preoccupation with the sexual act or the idealised, fantasy relationship works as a barrier between the addict and another person. Discreet and professional help for those affected by sex and love addiction is available from qualified experts at The Kusnacht Practice. Our always individually shaped treatment plans for intimacy disorders include a mixture of group therapy, individual counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy, as well as ongoing activities designed to boost self-esteem and rebuild mechanisms to increase resilience. Giving up unhealthy attachments to sex and/or fantasy is a major step toward a genuine, intimate relationship with an available partner.