Sex addiction – disease or excuse?

Can you really become addicted to sex, or is it an excuse for unacceptable behaviour? And why are men more likely to be labelled in this way?

As reports surface that Cheryl Cole has agreed to attend counselling sessions with her errant husband Ashley it appears that another cheating husband is about to ‘get away with it’.

Like David Duchovny, Michael Douglas and Tiger Woods before him, another promiscuous man is being labelled a ‘sex addict‘ and his infidelity is being explained as nothing but an unavoidable medical condition.

But can you really become addicted to sex, or is it an excuse for unacceptable behaviour? And why are men more likely to be labelled in this way?

True addiction involves the compulsive use of a substance despite physical, psychological or social harm to the user. While purists use ‘addiction’ only in relation to the likes of heroin, tobacco and alcohol, the word now describes harmful compulsions related to exercise, eating, gambling, surfing the internet and sex.

It is interesting to note how few self-confessed sex addicts come forward of their own volition to talk about their difficulties – most get caught out and then proffer it as an excuse.

Studies may have shown that men think about sex more often than women and are more likely to act on those thoughts, but not every man is a sex addict and most harness their libidos without psychotherapy.

Are you convinced by the concept of sex addiction? Or is the term being overused? Join the debate below…

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