What is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction, which can also be called “sexual compulsion,” “hypersexuality,” or “hypersexual disorder,” is a pre-occupation with sex, often involving the obsessive pursuit of sexual encounters (pornography, casual sex, anonymous sex, prostitutes, compulsive masturbation, as examples). Most often a pattern of urges, fantasies, and behaviors continues for a period of at least six months, despite:

  • Attempts made to self-correct the problematic sexual behavior
  • Promises made to self and others to change the sexual behavior
  • Significant, negative life consequences such as relationship instability, emotional chaos, physical health problems, career trouble, and legal issues

Simply: Sex Addiction is an ongoing, unmanageable pattern of compulsive sexual fantasy and behavior that is causing problems in a person’s life.

We can help. Trained by the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals, Brad Oneil is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). If you, or someone you know is struggling with Sex Addiction, contact Brad at 403-829-4945 or fill out the “Contact Us” form and someone will call you back.