Can We Call It Sex Addiction? What’s in a Name, and How to Treat It.

There has been a lot written about the issue of what is popularly known as sex addiction.  This has been promulgated early on within the addiction and recovery movement, and has more lately been taken up by mainstream media.  While the label floats around and is easily applied to any number of sexual behaviors, there exists no consensus in the therapeutic community about what constitutes sex addiction.  I choose not to use in in my practice not because I don’t believe there is such a thing as sex addiction, it’s just not something I care to diagnose without a clear clinical picture of just what it is.  That being said, I work with men who exhibit what is less commonly known as problem sexual behavior, compulsive sexual behavior, or what Douglas Braun-Harvey and Michael Vigorito refer to as Out of Control Sexual Behavior.

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