- Sex addiction and love addictions are two connected phenomena
- Three people shared their stories about being addicted to love/sex
- They thought they were addicted to sex, turns out they were addicted to their partners in general
As NHS reports, sex and love addiction have more similarities than we thought. While sex addiction is described as any sexual activity that feels out of control, love addiction occurs when a person depends on the emotional stability provided by others.
Love addiction can lead to obsessive behavior and it's often connected to low self-esteem.
Three former sex addicts wanted to share their stories and spoke about the moment they figured out they needed help.
As a result of putting myself in progressively dangerous situations, I’ve been raped, had unprotected sex and got pregnant, and had unprotected sex with people I knew had STDs.
In one relationship I spent $20,000 on things just because my partner wanted to.
I used prostitutes and erectile dysfunction medication as a kind of ‘peak experience.’
At school I’d hide magazines and obsess over when I could look at them. The adrenaline of acquiring and hiding pornography was a potent aspect of the addiction.
I didn’t realise the marriage had actually propped me up for 15 years and kept me functional. I had to leave the marriage to hit rock bottom.
That’s when I really descended into hell.
The more someone rejected me, the more it turned me on, but sleeping with them screwed my self-esteem. I came out of every relationship more damaged and bitter each time. It was a revelation to me that in a healthy relationship you don’t have to chase someone to get them to like you.