There are many types of addiction. First there are substance addictions, where people are hooked on alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, nicotine, or some other chemical concoction. Then there are behavioral addictions, also called process addictions, where people are hooked on the neurochemical rush produced by a particular activity (eating, shopping, gambling, having sex, etc.) [...]
Sex addiction is a painful, complicated addiction that’s not actually about sex. It’s also not caused by a partner’s diminishing sexual libido, a partner’s sexual performance or even level of attractiveness a person may feel toward their partner.
As researchers continue to learn more about the complex nature of sexual addiction, studies are increasingly addressing sexual addiction within the context of other co-occurring disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The connection between sexual addiction and ADHD may involve the way the brain’s reward system, namely release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, affects the [...]
Marriages can recover after sexual addiction, but it takes a commitment from both partners, say experts. Recent headlines about sexual addiction among celebrities, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tiger Woods, may be complicating the process for some couples by downplaying the realities of sexual addiction as a destructive condition similar to substance abuse.