Internet Sex Addiction

The increasing prevalence and role of the Internet in our daily lives has led to an increase in Internet sex addiction, also commonly referred to as cybersex addiction. This is a sexual addiction characterized by virtual Internet sexual activity that causes serious negative consequences to one's physical, mental, social, and/or financial well-being.

What is Internet Sex Addiction?

Internet sexual addiction can be identified by three criteria:

  • Failure of making a decision about engagement in the behavior
  • Obsession with the behavior
  • The inability to stop the behavior despite negative consequences

Men addicted to Internet sex spend an increasing and inordinate amount of time online engaged in sexual activity. The Internet has introduced additional issues for men who struggle with sex addiction issues due to it’s easy access, affordability and the option to remain anonymous behind a screen.

Quite often, men dealing with Internet sex addiction will get caught looking at pornography at work or by their families because of their inability to exhibit self-control. This results in negative consequences and feelings of deep shame.

Cybersexual Addiction Recovery

In Dr. Patrick Carnes book,  In The Shadows Of The Net, he explains that compulsive viewing of cyber-pornography, a subgroup of sexual addiction, has a recognizable behavior pattern similar to other addictions. Internet sex addiction has a progressive nature like other addictions, and sex addicts will take ever greater risks to engage in sexual activity online as their addiction progresses.

Today, over 70% of sex addicts report having problematic on-line sexual behavior. Two-thirds of those engaged have such despair over their internet activities that have had suicidal thoughts. Sexual acting out online has been shown to manifest in similar off-line behavior. People who already were sex addicts find the internet accelerates their problem. Those who start in the online behavior quickly start to act out in new ways off-line.

Overcome Your Addiction

The Internet can cause men to become disconnected from the world around them, as well as other people. When this of behavior develops into progresses into something more extreme, this detachment can introduce problems related to developing relationships with other people, difficulties in relationships, and intimacy issues.

Gentle Path at The Meadows, located in Wickenburg, Arizona, provides an intensive, experientially based 45-day treatment program for men with the complex issues of sexual addictions in conjunction with serial affairs, serial encounters with prostitutes and other addiction issues.

We are a Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility licensed for 28 beds dedicated only to those who suffer with sexual addictions and co-occurring issues. We offer the highest level of care dedicated exclusively to men suffering from sexual addictions and are accredited by The Joint Commission which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safe, high quality care, and treatment. Patients can be assured they are receiving outstanding care at Gentle Path at The Meadows.

Visit us here or feel free to call 855-333-6076 to find out how we can help.

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