Sex Addiction Vs Being Promiscuous: What’s the Distinction?

Sex Addiction Vs Being Promiscuous: What’s the Distinction?

Sex addiction has long been mistaken for promiscuity. It’s taken many years and a lot of research for sexual disorders to finally become recognised as a real brain condition, just like drug or alcohol addiction.

It’s important to differentiate between promiscuity and sexual disorders because oftentimes, there is a fine line between the two. Promiscuity is defined as indiscriminate mingling or association, especially having sexual relations with a number of partners on a casual basis. Sex addiction however, is defined as a state characterized by compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity, particularly sexual intercourse, despite negative consequence.

The main differences between the two are the inability to resist sexual impulses and the negative impact the behavior has on one’s life.

It’s possible to be promiscuous without the behavior becoming addictive and resulting in feelings of regret, shame and depression but sex addicts experience most of these issues as a result of their compulsive behavior and for this reason, sex addiction can be extremely destructive on one’s life.

Other defining characteristics of sex addiction include the common traits that come with other any addiction such as feelings of a drug-like euphoria followed by shame, frustration and depression. People who are simply promiscuous are able to make rational decisions about their sexual behaviors, whereas sex addicts often find themselves in a cycle of toxic behavior which they continue in, regardless of the negative consequences. Addicts may also find themselves in dangerous or risky situations due to their lack of rational thinking.

This is why it’s important maintain diligence when diagnosing sexual disorders and never assume overly sexual behaviors are simply promiscuity. We must continue remove the stigma and encourage addicts to come forward and receive treatment to improve their quality of life.

Contact Sex Addiction Australia today and find out how we can help you overcome sex addiction.