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Valentina Nicolae
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Insatiable: The Real Lives Of Sex Addicts

With this article, GQ ventures into the under-documented and controversial realm of sex addiction. We meet three people who suffer from this affliction, and we find out how they were brought up, when the addiction appeared and how it manifested. All three of them were in recovery at the time of the interviews.

Aside from the personal stories, what I find very interesting about this article is the part about the treatment of this addiction. Or, the lack of, to be more precise. The hypersexual disorder is not even in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which means that we’re gonna be in the dark about the nuances of it for some more time because no one’s doing research about a “non-existent” topic. As the author puts it: “The study of sex addiction is caught in its own vicious cycle: no funding, no research; no DSM diagnosis, no funding.” What’s available now in terms of treatment is therapy, medication and a twelve-step program of Sex Addicts Anonymous. But, until there’s some solid scientific research done on this matter, it’s difficult to develop a coherent way of treatment.

With the signals being sent out that sex addiction is something to be taken seriously — the number of people seeking treatment has increased, and the number of certified sex-therapists has more than doubled since 2008 — it really makes you wonder how we, as a society, think about sexuality nowadays.

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