Zubieta Psychology and Sexology Centre Zubieta Psychology and Sexology Centre

Professional centre specialized in psychological and sexological therapy. We offer personalised attention and therapy, tailoring the treatment according to the needs of each patient, providing our patients with concrete solutions related to their psychological and sexological health.

c/ Alcocéber 1, 9-B
46011 Valencia (Spain)
Tel. 96 371 2521

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Sex Addiction

Colloquially, when people talk about the problem of sex addiction often they refer to behaviours that would be considered crimes, such as rape and sexual abuse. However, in fact, sex addiction, generally, includes activities that are legal and perhaps not even a part of a disorder, but that cause trouble to who experiences it.

Sex addiction is not one of the main motives why people seek a sexologist. Notwithstanding, the problems that it involves often have important repercussions to the people who suffer it, more so to women.

The patient sometimes comes to therapy for other reasons and after some time it becomes evident that there is a sex addiction problem. In any case, the therapeutic process involves the fact that the patient takes responsibility for the problem, its management and is able to work to prevent relapses.

Certainly, in counselling, the sex addiction cases that we have sin have been very varied. They range from men very prone to visit prostitutes or to consume some type of pornography excessively, to some obsessions more typical of the XXI century, such as addiction to cybersex, cybering, sexting and so on… It seems that the erotic telephone lines have become somewhat obsolete. Sex addiction can also show up as a series of sexual adventures, the frequent visit to places where sex is on offer and occasional sex clubs. Curiously, almost all patients with sex addiction opt (unconsciously) to a concrete form for the addiction and repeat it time and again.

Because of the nature of this problem, the person often devotes to sex large quantities of time, energy and even of money. The patient feels a need to enhance his or her sexual activity, be it by increasing the number of sexual encounters, sexual partners or sex related experiences. Almost always this process is unconscious and it is followed by feelings of guilt and regret a posteriori.

A person with sex addiction usually spends a long time planning the next “sex consumption”, it devotes to it time, energy and effort that belong to other activities. He or she can use other people as “use and dispose” objects, once they have serve their purpose, though not necessarily. In any case, his or her sentimental relationships frequently are destructive.

It is important to make clear that there are men and women who have an intense sexual drive, and this does not mean that they have a sex addiction. As we have explained, the diagnosis of sex addiction will depend on the degree of interference by the sexual behaviour in his or her daily life and the loss that this implies.

The loss can be material and affective. We have seen cases in which the loss because of the exaggerated dedication to the search of sexual experiences with respect to their family relationships, friendships, partnerships has been substantial.

Nowadays, at our Centre we have efficient techniques designed to overcome the addiction fully. An adequate therapy returns the patient the possibility of leading a healthy satisfactory life in all fields. This type of therapy is one with which the patients feel especially relieved and grateful as they resolve it.