Teen Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction is skyrocketing among teens at an early age. Pornography sites are rising on the internet and sexual content is easily available through television and social media. According to research, teens in the U.S. are experiencing sex earlier than before due to the growing interest from an early age as a result of the heightened exposure. Teens with sexual addiction may invest hours watching sexual videos or viewing sexual images online. They are usually caught up with obsessive sexual thoughts and may engage in sexual relationships for pleasure to feed this addiction. Consequently their performance at school may be disrupted and adversely suffer, as well as their social relationships.

Causes of Teen Sexual Addiction

Causes are multi-factorial, including genetic, environmental, biological and physical factors.

Psychologists believe that family problems play a huge role in teen sexual addiction. For example, physical or sexual abuse, past trauma, or overall negligence can trigger sexual addiction. Research shows that 82 percent of adult sex addicts have experienced abuse as children.

Types & Symptoms of Teen Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction comes in various forms on the basis of different habits related to addiction, such as:

  • Pornography
  • Masturbation
  • Sadistic or masochistic behavior
  • Exhibition
  • Prostitution
  • Other extreme sexual quests

Symptoms of Teen Sexual Addiction

Research shows sex addicts cannot make out their decision- making abilities when it comes to sexual actions. They get confused between their desire and what is correct.

The sexual relationship is very new to a teen so it kicks their biochemical reactions in the brain. Having a sexual activity means providing steroids to their brains because they have not experienced it before.

There are numerous symptoms indicating that a teenager is struggling with a sex addiction. These signs may be emotional or physical.

  • Preference to stay in a relationship – alone they may feel abandoned and incomplete
  • Jump from relationship to relationship
  • Feel comfortable to be involved in a sexual relationship with unknown people
  • Feel the urge for a sexual relationship
  • Distance from family and friend relationships
  • Withdrawal from society
  • Poor performance at school
  • Concentration problems
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Feelings of emotional pain
  • Feelings of shame
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Physical abuse
  • Obsessive- compulsive symptoms

Pregnancy is another most common physical side effect. According to a survey report, approximately 70 percent of women with sexual addiction experience at least one unwanted pregnancy.

Teens with Sexual Addiction may suffer one or more symptoms. Parents should be aware of changes of behavior and keep track of how much time their teens are alone in the room, what they are doing when they are alone in the room, and whether or not if there is any secrecy. Parents should also monitor their teen’s electronic devices and internet usage. While respecting a teen’s privacy is important, it is also necessary to observe teens closely so that they can access the appropriate guidance and treatment if and when they need. Early detection of any addiction eases the rehabilitation process substantially.

Treatment at Hillcrest

Teen Sexual Addiction is curable. Teens who are suffering from sexual addiction require consultation with a mental health professional such as a psychologist. Experts will evaluate the underlying problem through various therapies like individual therapy, psychodynamic therapy, inpatient therapy, group therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. A treatment plan is then devised to address the underlying cause. Often medication will also be prescribed in conjunction with therapy to suppress depression, fear, and anxiety, and allow therapy to be most effective.

Hillcrest is a residential rehabilitation facility, well equipped to treat and diagnose teen sexual addiction. With its high levels of confidentiality, professional expert staff, and innovative therapeutic programs, teenagers are exposed to an ideal, comfortable healing environment for sustained wellness and long lasting recovery.

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