In addition, the unfaithful spouse may be depleting the family bank account to pay for gifts and dinners for affair partners or for pornography and paying people who work in prostitution (financial abuse).Furthermore, the unfaithful spouse can be routinely and negligently choosing to risk their marriage partner’s sexual health by potentially exposing them to sexually transmitted infections (physical abuse) with long term physical consequences, for example, HIV.Relationship counselling service Relate describes sex addiction as any sexual activity that feels "out of control".
For most people, these habits don't cause them any problems.However, sex addicts are unable to control these urges and actions, despite the problems it may cause their relationships, finances and professional lives.Often, an addiction gets out of control because you need more and more to satisfy a craving and achieve the "high" you feel.If you think you may have a sexual addiction, there is plenty of support available to you.It is possible for some people to become addicted to sex.
This addiction is similar to substance abuse, as an addiction is caused by the powerful chemical substances that are released during sex.
Being addicted to something means that not having it causes withdrawal symptoms, or a "come down".
Because this can be unpleasant, it's easier to carry on having or doing what you crave, and so the cycle continues.
Technology Can Facilitate Infidelity The rise of technology and universal access to the internet/smartphones has led to effortless engagement with sexting, chat lines, pornography, dating websites for the married and easy access to individuals working in prostitution.
Therapeutic intervention for sex addiction has become a growing industry, while the call to personal responsibility and accountability is constantly diminishing.
The Recovery Network says sex addiction "involves frequent self-destructive or high-risk activity that is not emotionally fulfilling, that one is ashamed of and that one is unable to stop, despite it causing repeated problems".