Definitions of Sexual Addiction

The best place to start in understanding sexual addiction is to begin with a definition. Here are three of my favorites:

An unhealthy relationship to any sexual experience (thoughts, fantasies, experiences, etc.) that an individual continues to engage in despite adverse consequences.

Sexual Addiction is a state of compulsion, obsession, or preoccupation that enslaves a person’s will and desire. It is an attachment to lust, which is the process that enslaves desire and creates the state of addiction. This leads to disordered thinking and fantasies and the acting out of unwanted or improper sexual behavior no matter how intensely and sincerely one wants to stop.

The “athlete’s foot of the mind. It never goes away; it is always asking to be scratched, promising relief. To scratch, however, is to cause pain and intensify the itch.”

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