Sex and Love Addiction

How Trauma Is At the Base of Compulsive Behaviors towards Sex and Love

Currently experts recognize process issues, compulsive behaviors including gambling, gaming, video, and shopping.  However, compulsive behaviors around sex and love can also destroy lives and relationships and is often rooted in severe trauma that can make it difficult to escape. Compulsive Behaviors in Sex and love are not always acknowledged or understood as maladaptive trauma responses.  While aacknowledged by many professionals, sex and love are  commonly understood by mainstream media. Love, Sex and Addiction

Sex and Love Addiction

There are two main types of this compulsive behavior, love and sex. Classic signs include an attachment to specific forms of sex or sexual encounters. People suffering from this type will be preoccupied with sex, and may spend inordinate amounts of time thinking about, planning, and acting out sexually in spite of telling themselves they will not. Often this is accompanied by  distress and anxiety as well as a deep sense of shame. People suffering from compulsive Love tend to focus upon emotional experiences and develop codependent relationships . They may become fall in love or keep seeing a certain person, even if that relationship is destructive or abusive. They may move from relationship to relationship, and there may be a sense of desperation or anxiety when the loved object is absent. These compulsive behaviors cause harmful consequences and may effect other main areas of their lives and their functioning.

The Roots of This Addiction

There are certain commonalities such as difficulty establishing or maintaining healthy relationships. Both of these are problems related to intimacy and attachment.  Stemming from developmental trauma compulsive behaviors around sex and love may be present with other other mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety.

Treating Addiction with Therapy

At Trauma and Beyond Center, we believe that the root source of these maladaptive behaviors is childhood trauma and attachment wounds. Working with our patients, we help them to understand the effects of trauma, and learn new ways of coping with their needs for connection and intimacy.  Using a gentle approach our 3 phase model of trauma treatment includes stabilization, reprocessing, and re connection. To start therapy today, contact us online or by calling (818) 651-0725 now.