What are the Warning Signs of Sex Addiction?

Some warning signs that sexual problem behavior may have crossed over into addiction are:

  • Struggling to control sexual thoughts and behaviors
  • Losing or impairing relationships because of the inability to stop sexual activities outside a primary relationship
  • Lying about unaccounted for time that involved sexual activities
  • Feeling guilty or shameful after engaging in sexual thoughts, fantasies, or behaviors
  • Routinely pursuing sexual activities online
  • Resorting to sex to escape, relieve anxiety, or cope with problems
  • Losing time from work pursuing sexual activities
  • Engaging in criminal sexual behaviors such as soliciting prostitutes, sexual harassment, or child pornography
  • Participating in sexual behaviors that violate one’s own values
  • Blaming others for one’s sexual behaviors
  • Putting self at risk for STDs