Eric Benet, David Duchovny, Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton?? What do these men have in common? They are deemed sex addicts by some in society. The term “sexual addiction” is used a lot these days, especially when celebrities are involved. It's almost like it's the “in” thing to do. But because people throw this term around, some are questioning if sex addiction is a valid issue. Is it a cop out for those with especially busy hands? For a select few, maybe. But I'd like to argue that just like drugs, alcohol, and gambling, sex can also be addictive. Addiction itself is about the inability to maintain self control, and when behaviors aren't maintained, problems occur. Unlike physical disorders where symptoms can often be pinpointed, sex addiction is more about compulsive behavior. That “high”, or good feeling has be matched and/or exceeded. So with that being said, an addiction to sex is absolutely plausible.
I suppose sex addiction has been around as long as people have. We just have a name for it and now it's weirdly popular these days. But in this new-found popularity, it can be tough to decipher between a person actually displaying addictive behaviors and a person who can't keep his or her pants on. In the DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), the psychologist's Bible, this condition is not listed. This, in my opinion, does not mean that it is not “real”. It's one thing to like sex, or REALLY like sex. It's another thing when a person's mind is consumed by sexual thoughts to the point of significant distraction. They become obsessed and only focus on the next sexual conquest or the next “high” (usually an orgasm).
There is debate around this subject. Clinicians, psychologists, and the like all have varying opinions. Oddly enough, though sex addiction is not recognized by any major associations, societies, or councils, there are several therapists and centers with highly developed rehab programs for those who suffer from it. On the other hand, could this be a way for the “addicted” person to fill some kind of deep, emotional void? The verdict may still be out.
Sexy people rock.