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Sex Addiction

What is Sex Addiction?

“It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress.  It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.”  -Alice Miller

What does it look like? Who is Impacted?

Sex addiction is not about sex.  It is not about the orgasim, it is about the search, the moment of dopamine release before the harmful behavior begins.  “The addict is addicted to not being addicted.” -Gabor Maté M.D.



"Sex addiction is the pursuit of controllable intimacy, an oxymoron.”
-Robert Weiss

 Breaking the cycle

  • Recognizing individually and collectively that no one chooses to become addicted.
  • Addiction is neither a disease nor a genetic disposition but an open wound that needs to be healed.
  • Stories are needed and not opinions.
  • Acknowledging that the human brain is resilient, it has, is, and can heal from any harm caused by habitual alteration.
  • 99% of sex addicts are addicted to pornography.
  • Healing in isolation is impossible.

Sex addiction is an impulsive urge that causes us to numb our humanity by degrading our own dignity and tearing down the Temple of God in others. Pornography as a chosen toxin for many burdened with this addiction attributes to what has been named the "throwaway culture" by Pope Francis.  

Although sex addiction today is the most widespread and perhaps the most powerful addiction in human history, scripture – along with science and collective human experience – reminds us that death does not have the final say. Most addicts do recover! Like any other addiction – to caffeine, to work, to shopping, to alcohol/drugs – sex addiction does rewire our brain, causing us to lose control even without intending to. The good news, however, is that this damage is never permanent. Our brains have been created by God with the remarkable ability to recover, restore and recreate.

The important step is to begin the healing journey in order to once again be able to "taste and see" the goodness of ourselves, others and creation. The choice to heal and to support the healing of others makes our society healthier, safer, and more just.  

Sex Addiction Resources


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