Sex Addiction is Real

“I’ve probably had sex with over 60 men,” says Marina, a 20-year-old woman. “From my age to I’d say the oldest was in his 50s, early 60s. I’ve tried to move on, but I do think I need help. I can’t do it on my own.”

Marina’s story is part of an interesting video and article on about sex addiction. In addition to this young woman’s account, the video features interviews with a sex counselor and a documentary filmmaker.

Laura Deitsch, a sex counselor debates the use of the term sex addiction, suggesting that it’s a bit of a misnomer because we have a natural drive to have sex. However, later on in the 3-minute video, she says, “Once sexual activities are linked to harmful behaviors, we need to look at what’s driving those harmful behaviors. People are trying to fill a need. People are trying to boost self esteem or curb another addiction….Or they’re lashing back against being really repressed when they were younger at another stage of their lives. So we need to look at the root.”

“I read the experience that sex addicts share online,” says Nicolas Roquefort-Villeneuve, the director of Sex Addiction, a documentary on sex addiction and online porn addiction. “It definitely looks like an addiction. At the end of the day, when someone is totally powerless over addictive behavior and this person’s life becomes completely unmanageable, these are two main traits of addiction.”

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