At Sexual Addiction Treatment Services, we never jump to conclusions. There are many types of out of control sexual behaviors out there, and we want to make sure that we’re treating the right problematic sexual behavior with the correct type of treatment. We first have to identify what we’re dealing with — and the root causes — before the goals can be achieved.

But while out of control sexual behavior can take on many forms, such as sex addiction, voyeurism, exhibition, and pornography addiction, there are many problems that can arise that can be life-altering. Let’s take a look at some reasons you’ll want to get help as soon as possible.

Damaged Relationships

One of the most common reasons that people seek treatment for sexual addictions is because of the strain it puts on their relationships. The most obvious example is when the behavior causes rifts between husbands/wives or significant others. Dealing with problematic sexual behavior can save romantic relationships that would otherwise be destroyed.

It’s not just romantic relationships that suffer, though. An addiction of any type can get in the way of friendships and familial relationships for many reasons. One is that a person suffering from out of control sexual behavior can decide to spend all of their time feeding the problem instead of spending time with those they love. Another is that friends and relatives can avoid the person with the problem, sometimes citing their disinterest in spending time around someone they deem “immoral.” We understand that true addictions prevent people from making the right decisions, and we’d like to help you get your life back on track.

STDs and STIs

Out of control sexual behavior that involves other people can be dangerous to a person’s health. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are problems that can arise when people take risks during sexual endeavors.

Sexual addictions can lead to encounters with other people who have sexual addictions, people who are already more likely to have a sexually transmitted disease. Approximately 4 out of 10 people with problematic sexual behaviors have some sort of venereal disease. This is compounded if the addict seeks out sex with prostitutes.

Pregnancy

Sex addiction can also lead to unplanned pregnancies. Where some people might be able to back out of a sexual situation if conception prevention isn’t available, that’s not so easy for someone with out of control sexual behavior. Seventy percent of women with sexual addictions have experienced an unplanned pregnancy.

Wasted Time

Different types of sex addictions can lead to extreme misuse of time. Those with pornography addictions can spend hours a day viewing pornography. People who are seeking out random sexual partners could spend excessive time contacting, driving to, and having sex with strangers. They will also spend a lot of time covering up these actions.

Spending so much time on a sex addiction can rob someone of all of their free time. This means less time spent with friends and loved ones. It means getting into work late, taking noticeably-long lunches, and leaving work early. All of these can lead to job loss, at which point the addiction can take an even firmer hold.

Arrest

There are many ways in which problematic sexual behavior can lead to arrest. Sometimes the “regular” pornography can lose its kick, leading someone to view porn that’s illegal. Those who use prostitutes could be arrested. It’s better to tackle sexual addiction problems as early as possible before things get worse.

Injury

While having sex with willing, of-age partners isn’t illegal, there’s one more problem to consider: jealous lovers. If the person you’re having sex with is involved with someone, their partner could seriously injure or even kill in a rage if you’re caught together. Similarly, your own lover might be the jealous one, and they might be the one to become violent toward you and anyone else you’re engaged with. Before this happens, be sure to get help.

At Sexual Addiction Treatment Services, we want to help you get your problematic sexual behavior under control. We are here to help and hope you’ll come to us before the situation gets out of hand. We’d rather see you coming in voluntarily than being forced in for sexual offender treatment. Contact us at the first sign of trouble.