An addiction is the condition of psychological dependence on psychoactive substances. Usually the word addiction is mentioned along with the alcoholism, drug usage etc. A particular habit becomes an addiction when a person looses self determining powers to either control or stop the behavior or activity. Just as alcoholism or drug addiction, certain practices or mentalities also can create an addiction. Sexual addiction is one of the destructive behavioral abnormalities.
Though, sexuality is an inborn instinct of human beings, to maintain healthy social relationships and mature social association we all express the sexuality in a very controlled form. But people who are addicted to lust may loose the self control and think or act in abnormal ways. The urge for sexual pleasure will shoot into greater degrees in a lust addicted. They may get indulged in several accepted or restricted realms of sexuality.
Sexual addiction is clinically determined by an adaptive of DSM-IV criteria. A sex addict may continuously fail to control his behavior despite all the destructive consequences. Clinically lust addiction is referred as 'addiction model of sexual addiction'. Physicians or psychologist determine the nature of sexual addiction through the diagnoses of visible signs of addiction. Over interest in matters related to sex, several short-lived relationships, fetish sexuality, sexual offensive behavior etc., can be clues to sexual addiction. Infidelity of both sexual and emotional is another hint of lust addiction.
To treat sex addiction, first of all, the addicted has to admit the problems and should seek assistance open-heartedly. Being a more psychological than physical illness, sexual addiction can be cured by helping the patient to reduce seclusion chances and promote ways of integration. Helping the addict to adapt transparent behavioral pattern is another way of treatment.
If the addiction is caused by physical imbalances like hormonal problems, then there are drugs to be consumed by the patient to control or balance the abnormalities. Sexual addiction, if not treated on time and in the proper manner can result in self destruction and also in social crimes.