Studies have revealed that the majority of sex addicts (87%) come from severely dysfunctional families
with at least one other family member suffering from some form of addiction.
Inconsistent or insufficient parental nurturing as a child inflicts a sense of parental betrayal.
The child soon learns that intimacy brings pain and learns to withdraw emotionally. Sex, to these individuals, ushers in a sense of security and eventually leads to addiction.
Some of the other causes of sex addiction are - Early sexualization or early initiation to sex
by sights, sounds or touch(es) Childhood abuse
is a key contributor to adult sex addiction. Research reveals that as a child 71% of sex addicts have been physically abused, 83% have been sexually abused, 97% have been emotionally. Some children are less impacted by abuse primarily due to their inherent personality and also due to adequate adult support. Stress
causes some people to use sex as a mode of escape.
There are reports of a propensity for people with other forms of addiction
such as alcoholism, gambling or drugs to gradually become addicted to sex as well.
Sexual Addiction can sometimes be due to other Psychiatric Disorders
such as Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Narcissistic personality disorder, and Bipolar disoder.
In some cases, neurological disorders
such as epilepsy, head injury and dementia can lead to sex addiction
Sexual addiction can be a result of biochemical imbalance
in the brain.
such as apomorphine and dopamine are found to lead to hyper sexuality.