At Life Works Community we also treat a range of problems that often run in tandem to drug/alcohol addiction or depression anxiety style symptoms.
If you suffer from any of these other compulsive behaviours, Life Works can help. Please call us at 0800 081 0700 or fill out our contact form.
Sex addiction is very similar to any other addiction, it is a disease that isn’t always glaringly obvious at first. However, as it progresses, those who are affected by it fall into patterns of destructive behaviour, causing harm not only to themselves but also to those around them. An addiction to sex has both environmental and physical components. Often, the most effective mode of treatment is removing the "triggers" that can continue to feed the addictive perceptions and behaviour, causing harm not only to themselves but also to those around them.
Love addicts can approach relationships with unrealistic demands that cause them to experience constant fear, disappointment and dependency. Some are addicted to the initial rush of passion that a new partner provides. Once the first rush is over, they become antsy and start looking for another new sex partner. Love addicts can become highly promiscuous and are prime targets for sexually transmitted diseases. Love addicts can also have traits of unhealthy dependence in relationships. Intense fear of abandonment can lead to stalking and domestic violence. Many domestic violence cases have this disorder as their root cause.
If you know someone who is having problems with controlling their gambling addiction, or fits the description of a gambling addict, then you are already familiar with the pain and the complete lack of security that comes with compulsive gambling. Family of gambling addicts will keep gambling regardless of their financial situation, or even if they are feeling shame, guilt or anger about their behaviour.