Sex addicts dating
It is a maladaptive way to compensate for this early attachment failure.
Addiction is a symbolic enactment of deeply entrenched unconscious dysfunctional relationships with self and others.
Research has also shown that the inability to control sexual impulses is associated with neurochemical imbalances in the norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine systems.
The use of certain antidepressants (SSRIs) has proved to be very effective in treating the impulse control problems of many sexual compulsives.
However, once in therapy, there inevitably comes a day when the sex addict is ready to embark on that daunting journey we call dating.
For a man who has spent years, if not decades, relating to porn actresses on a computer screen, encountering a flesh and blood partner can seem unpredictable and terrifying.
Central to the disorder is the inability of the individual to adequately bond and attach in intimate relationships.
The syndrome is rooted in early attachment failure with primary caregivers.
Here the therapist can offer gentle, loving encouragement to try giving people their own age a chance.
Distress, shame and guilt about the behaviors erode the addict’s already weak self-esteem.