He doesn’t care how many partners you’ve had; it’s all in the past. To find out the answer, fall back to the fundamentals: identifying the addict is the first step. One-night stands, extra-marital affairs, GPS hook-ups, obsessive online dating.
And when it comes to sex addiction, that first step is a doozy. The list is long and gets darker the further down you go: compulsive masturbation, exhibitionism, voyeurism, prostitutes.“If you’re married, your acceptable sexual behavior may be defined differently than if you’re single,” says Mike Weiss, a certified addiction therapist and founder of The Sexual Recovery Institute.
“There’s no interest and no political will to research consensual sexual behavior as a problem,” Weiss says.
“Whether people are addicted to sex the way they’re addicted to cocaine…is not well enough established yet.”The number of reported sex addicts varies widely, anywhere from nine to 15 million adults in the U. But according to Weiss, we really don’t know.“The last reliable study was done in the ‘80s,” says Weiss.
“Those numbers said three to five percent.” Besides the fact that he has personally seen a rise in treatment demand since beginning his practice, he points out that the study came well before the rise of Internet porn.
Michael First, professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, disagrees, citing a lack of quantifiable research.
“Addiction is a biological phenomenon,” First says.
It made an appearance in the 1987 version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), but has subsequently been removed.
While many comparisons have been made to drug addiction, Dr.