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Sex Addiction Hotline

man and woman in bedContacting a sex addiction hotline can help you or a loved one learn about your treatment options and find a program. Like drug and alcohol addiction, sex addiction can be difficult to talk about and may cause feelings of guilt and shame. Fortunately, resources are available to help address the problem without judging the behavior.

If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to sex, you are not alone. Approximately 3% to 6% of American adults suffer from the disorder.2 These people may also be addicted to other substances or behaviors, such as drugs, alcohol, and gambling. In fact, around 50% of sex addicts also suffer from drug and alcohol addiction.2 Seeking help for sex addiction can help you deal with other problematic behaviors.

If you or someone you know might be addicted to sex, call our helpline at 1-888-997-3147. Our representatives can assist you with finding a rehab.


Are You Addicted to Sex?

Signs and symptoms of sex addiction vary from person to person. You may have a problem if you have difficulty controlling impulses to engage in sexual behavior, experience tension prior to sexual behavior, and feel a sense of relief and pleasure while engaging in the behavior.3

There are no formal criteria used to diagnose sex addiction. However, researchers have proposed the following set of signs and symptoms:3

couple having an argumentOther signs include:1

Sex addiction may lead to short- and long-term consequences such as:1

Seeking help sooner, rather than later, can reduce the risk of negative consequences.

Calls to our hotline are free and anonymous. Helpline staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to assist you. Call today at 1-888-997-3147. 


Why Call a Sex Addiction Hotline?

sex addiction hotline call representativesCalling a sex addiction hotline can help you take the necessary steps to get better. People with this addiction often feel helpless and out of control. In some cases, the addiction may progress over time, leading to more negative consequences.1 Seeking help can prevent long-term consequences, including physical and mental health problems, legal issues, and interpersonal relationship issues. With the proper help, addiction to sex is treatable.

Our helpline for sex addiction is staffed with trained representatives who can provide information on different treatment options and help you decide how to pay for treatment. They can also help you identify the necessary steps to getting into a program.

What if I’m Afraid to Call?

It’s normal to feel afraid when trying to reach out for help. Some people also feel guilty, ashamed, or worried that they will be judged.

All calls to our helpline are anonymous and completely confidential. Our hotline operators speak to many people each day with different kinds of addictions and will not judge you. Their goal is to connect you with the right treatment center to help you overcome your addiction.

Reaching out for help shows strength rather than weakness. Remember that you are taking a big step to better your future.


Getting Ready to Call

Phone representatives may ask specific questions to help you find the right treatment program. Before calling any helpline, you may want to consider:

Before calling for help, you may also want to write down any questions you would like to ask. Common questions include:

If you’re ready to talk to one of our representatives, call 1-888-997-3147 now. 


Making the Call

woman making a phone call and taking notesWhen you reach out to a sex addiction hotline, you will speak with a trained representative who will ask you questions, such as the following:

Once the representative has an idea of the severity of your addiction, he or she will discuss your treatment options. The hotline representative will then assist you with selecting a program.

Sex addiction treatment may take place in different settings:

Certain factors that may influence your decision about a program include:

At the end of the phone call to the sex addiction hotline, you will have found a rehab facility that matches your needs.


Helpline Resources

Other hotlines and resources available to those in need include the following. These helplines can offer support over the phone or direct you to resources in your area for behavioral addictions, substance abuse, and mental health conditions, such as treatment centers, therapists, and support groups.


Sources

[1]. Schneider, J. P. (2004). Understanding and diagnosing sex addiction. In R.H. Coombs (Ed.), Handbook of addictive disorders: A practical guide to diagnosis and treatment (197-232). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

[2]. Sussman, S., Lisha, N., & Griffiths, M. (2011). Prevalence of the addictions: A problem of the majority or the minority? Evaluation & the Health Professions, 34(1), 3-56.

[3]. Goodman, A. (1993). Diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 19(3), 225-251.