/ By admindesert

For many who struggle with various forms of addiction, understanding the root causes of this addiction are often very helpful in overcoming it over a period of time. The area of sex addiction is no exception – many people find that as they learn the underlying reasons that may be contributing to their addiction issues, they’re able to address and control these impulses more effectively. 

At Desert Solace, we’re proud to offer caring, compassionate sex addiction services, with solutions ranging from individual therapy sessions and residential treatment to outpatient therapy, couple’s therapy and more. Here’s a look at what causes sex addiction in males and females alike, plus how those who deal with compulsive sexual behavior can internalize these possible causes and use them to work toward their treatment goals.

Issues With Neurotransmitters

Several of the known causes of sex addiction speak to genetics and brain/body chemistry, and one great example is the role of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine are responsible for a variety of cognitive functions, including feelings of pleasure and reward. Low levels of these important neurotransmitters may contribute to an individual’s tendency toward sex addiction, as he or she is driven by the need to increase those feel-good hormones.

For instance, if a person has low levels of serotonin, he or she may be drawn to activities (such as sex) that will provide those feel-good sensations. This could explain why certain individuals are more prone to engaging in risky sexual behavior than others, and it’s an example of how biological factors can contribute to the development of this condition.

Frontal Lobe Problems

Another genetic influence on sex addiction is the potential for issues with the prefrontal cortex, or frontal lobe of the brain. This area of the brain is responsible for impulse control and rational decision-making, among other functions. When there’s a problem in this area of the brain, an individual may find it difficult to consider future consequences when engaging in sexual behavior – hence, the tendency toward addiction.

In other words, individuals with frontal lobe issues may be less inhibited when it comes to sexual behavior, leading to a higher risk of engaging in risky behavior. These biological factors can all contribute to the development of compulsive sexual behaviors and sex addiction.

Now, more research is still being done on exactly how frontal lobe issues, neurotransmitter levels and other biological factors contribute to sex addiction. These findings may help better inform the methods used in treating this condition, which is why biologists, psychologists and psychiatrists all play an important role in understanding and addressing sex addiction.

Medications Taken

Another possible contributing factor to the development of sex addiction is medication. Some medications can affect everything from libido levels to hormone production, and if an individual’s body chemistry changes due to prescription drugs or other substances, it may increase the risk of compulsive sexual behavior.

For example, some antidepressants may lower serotonin levels even further, leading to cravings for activities that can provide a rush of those feel-good hormones. It’s also possible that certain medications could increase libido levels, thus making it even more difficult to resist the impulse toward sexual behavior.

For those on medication, understanding how these drugs may be impacting their ability to control their impulses is an important part of addressing and treating sex addiction.

Childhood Abuse or Trauma

Sadly, yet another possible cause of sex addiction that we don’t have control over is childhood abuse or trauma. It’s not uncommon for those who’ve suffered some kind of emotional, physical or sexual abuse to struggle with compulsive sexual behavior later in life, and the underlying cause may be an attempt to cope with these past traumas. In other words, an individual might cope with these painful memories by engaging in activities that bring momentary pleasure or distraction.

The good news is that with the proper treatment, it’s possible to deal with these issues in a healthy way and to begin overcoming sex addiction.

Current Relationships

For many individuals, current relationships can also be a factor in sex addiction. If an individual is in a relationship where sexual activity is infrequent or unsatisfying, this could lead to him or her seeking out that pleasure elsewhere. In some cases, the lack of fulfillment combined with easy access to online porn may create a situation where it’s difficult for an individual to resist the impulse to indulge in these behaviors.

It’s important for individuals in this situation to look at how their current relationship might be affecting their behavior and work toward finding a more satisfying connection with a partner, if that is an option. If not, then it may be necessary to explore new ways of coping with feelings of loneliness or other concerns.

Boredom and Other Mood Tendencies

While research is still being done on the underlying causes of sex addiction, we know that boredom and other mood states can also play a role. If an individual is feeling restless or empty, it’s easier to seek out activities such as pornography or sexual encounters in order to fill this void.

In these cases, understanding what may be causing those feelings in the first place is essential. It may be possible to fill the void in healthier ways such as seeking out new hobbies, social activities or connecting with old friends.

No matter what might be causing sex addiction, it’s important to note that treatment and support are available for those who need help overcoming this challenging condition. With the right set of tools and resources, such as those we provide at Desert Solace, it’s possible to begin the journey toward recovery and eventually gain control over compulsive sexual behavior. Contact us today for more information about our services and resources for those seeking help with sex addiction, pornography addiction or related areas.