A Man's Guide to Deal with and Overcome Sex Addiction

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 20, 2014

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Sexual addiction is a disorder that makes one think about sex obsessively. Willingness to change and support can help control your sexual addiction.
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    Sexual Addiction

    Sexual addiction is a disorder that makes one think about sex obsessively. The actions, behaviour and thoughts of the addict can lead to problems at work and interpersonal relationships owing to a constant need to fulfil sexual impulses. Willingness to change and support can help control your sexual addiction. (Image source:Getty)

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    How it destroys your life

    First step in the treatment of sex addition is acknowledging that you are a sex addict. Think of all the things and about how much it has destroyed your life. Only when you will acknowledge the addiction and resolve to leave it behind, will you be able to shrug off the guilt and shame of having it. (Image source:Getty)

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    The recovery

    Getting rid of sex addiction is totally different from any other kind of dependence. Unlike addictions of compulsive overeating and spending, you have to figure out what is addictive sex and what is not. Abstinence at the beginning is a useful tool. (Image source:Getty)

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    Think about your life

    You should always do what is best for you and your life. To lead a healthier, happier and fulfilling life, you should always admit what you must be doing. It is a hard choice to make, but it is the most important first step. (Image source:Getty)

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    Change the mindset

    Change starts in the mind and heart. You have to renew your mind to overcome sex addiction. Divert your mind to something else. Reading books and listening to podcasts helps and diverts your thoughts. (Image source:Getty)

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    Get rid of that temptation

    You should be spending your free time doing things and at places that can't tempt you to relapse. Removing yourself away from temptation is the key to fight sex addiction. Steer clear of all addictive things to break the addiction. (Image source:Getty)

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    Change your routine

    Addictions take up your free time. Whenever you have free time, engage yourself somewhere else. Make a routine in such a way that you have something to do all the time. Choose to take a walk, work out or hang out with friends to kick the addiction. (Image source:Getty)

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    Talk about it

    Sex addiction cannot be helped without aid. Tell about it to someone, in your friends and family, who is closer to you. This gives them a chance to learn how to be as supportive as possible and you also get the moral support. (Image source:Getty)

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    Support Groups

    There are support or recovery groups that bring together people suffering through similar situations. You will find comfort in those groups and may find a way out listening to others who have coped with the situation. (Image source:Getty)

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    Seek counselling

    Seeing a counsellor is  beneficial as you are heard and receive undivided attention without being judged. When you tell about your addiction to the expert, he/she gives you best options for controlling it. Sometimes, antidepressants may be prescribed to help those with obsessive-compulsive disorders. (Image source:Getty)

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