The amount of time spent on sexual or sex-related activities, including fantasies, decides if a person has a healthy sexual appetite or has crossed the line to become an addict.
According to Patrick Carnes, director of the sexual-addiction program at Pine Grove
where Tiger Woods is being treated, "If you're spending over 14 hours a week doing something sexual or quasi-sexual, like cruising the internet for porn or cruising the streets looking for a particular type of prostitute, you're in the addictiverange."
The individual tends to exhibit obsessive compulsive behavior
that is often completely against societal norms. However, there is a disregard for outside reactions
and the person is quite blatant in his approach. It must be noted that there is no emotional growth
in any relationship as the individual is focused only on the ecstasy that sex can offer.
Other common symptoms include -
Intense, compulsive or uncontrollable sexual impulses
Multiple sex partners
Sex with anonymous partners or with prostitutes
Watching /stocking excessive pornography either at work place or home
Feel in control during sex, and depressed afterwards
Fixation on someone who is unattainable
Regular participation in cyber sex or explicit phone services
Demand sex from partner without taking into regard time or situation
Engage in risky sexual behavior such as sadistic or masochistic sex, despite serious consequences
No display of intimacy during or after sex
No emotional involvement in any relationship
Sex addiction cannot be cured by treating the symptoms because the root cause is far, far deeper!