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Sx Addict? – Ask Dr. Miro [What You Didn’t Learn in Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro,

When do you know you have an addiction to sex? Everyone keeps telling me I’m a sex addict!

Can’t Get Enough

Dear CGE,

Labeling someone with an addiction is dangerous territory. A lot of times a person will not take any personal accountability for their behavior if it can be brushed off as something outside their control with a, “I can’t help it. I’m an addict!” mentality. It is important to distinguish whether or not you have a problem. Perhaps you simply have a higher sex drive than those around you.

When there is a problem is if your behavior is interfering with your daily activities; that life in general stuff. The following are a few questions to ask yourself: Are you engaging in risky behavior as a result of a compulsion to have sex? Have you lost jobs, friends or valuable resources because of your predilections? Has the ability to focus on anything besides Sexy Time evaporated?

If the answer is yes to any of these, you may have a problem. However, if you are simply having fun, managing to keep all the rest of your life in order and feel healthy about your choices, what is the problem? Sometimes labeling others helps to control them. Investigate why these folks around you are so set on the title: Sex Addict. While you are delving deep into things, you may also want to look into what it is that creates a feeling of ‘never getting enough’. Is there a hole (psychological or emotional) you are trying to fill literally and physically? Regardless of the answers you come up with, understanding your own behavior and figuring out why YOU do what you do will be a great asset to you throughout your life.

Lust & Happiness,
Dr. Miro

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