Addiction Symptoms


Symptoms and Signs

Sex addiction can be difficult to spot from the outside. Most addicts become skilled at hiding their behavior and can even keep the addiction secret from spouses, partners, and family members. However, an individual might have a sex addiction if he or she exhibits some or all of the following behaviors:

  • Chronic, obsessive sexual thoughts and fantasies
  • Relations with multiple partners on a frequent basis, especially with strangers
  • Preoccupation with having sex, even when it interferes with daily life, productivity, work performance, etc.
  • Inability to stop compulsive sexual behaviors or restrain sexual activity
  • Putting oneself or others in danger due to sexual behavior
  • Engaging in illegal sexual activity with prostitutes, minors, or children
  • Need for dominance and control in sexual liaisons
  • Feeling remorse or guilt after sexual episodes
  • Negative personal or professional consequences due to sexual behavior


Symptoms of Sexual Addiction

By Michael Herkov, Ph.D

While there is no official diagnosis for sex addiction, clinicians and researchers have attempted to define the disorder using criteria based on chemical dependency literature. They include:

  • Frequently engaging in more sex and with more partners than intended.
  • Being preoccupied with or persistently craving sex; wanting to cut down and unsuccessfully attempting to limit sexual activity.
  • Thinking of sex to the detriment of other activities or continually engaging in excessive sexual practices despite a desire to stop.
  • Spending considerable time in activities related to sex, such as cruising for partners or spending hours online visiting pornographic Web sites.
  • Neglecting obligations such as work, school or family in pursuit of sex.
  • Continually engaging in the sexual behavior despite negative consequences, such as broken relationships or potential health risks.
  • Escalating scope or frequency of sexual activity to achieve the desired effect, such as more frequent visits to prostitutes or more sex partners.
  • Feeling irritable when unable to engage in the desired behavior.


Signs and symptoms of compulsive sexual behavior

  • Having multiple sexual partners or extramarital affairs.
  • Engaging in sex with many anonymous partners or prostitutes. Sex addicts treat sexual partners as objects rather than social intimates that are only used for sex.
  • Engaging in excessive masturbation, as often as 10 to 20 times a day.
  • Using pornographic materials a lot. Using chat rooms or on line pornography or sex chat phone lines excessively.
  • Engaging in types of sexual behavior that you would not have considered acceptable before. Examples are masochistic or sadistic sex. Sometimes more extreme forms of sexual behavior are engaged in, for example pedophilia, bestiality, rape.
  • Exposure in public.

For more information: CLICK HERE


Addiction Tests


To take an addiction test, click on a link below.  We shall add more links as time goes on.

If you know of any not listed here – please tell us!

Patric Carnes’ Addiction Self-Test (What is Sex Addiction? – Is This a Problem? – What Happens Now? – Online Assessment Tools)

San Jose Counselling (test) 

“” Sex and Love Addiction Test – assists in the assessment of sexually compulsive or “addictive” behavior. Sex Addiction Quiz

WebMD info on Sex Addiction>How not to choose a Therapist.  You can also call them at 1-800-843-7274

To find a counselor in your specific area, please visit either this link (, 1-800-843-7274) or  this link  (Dr. Carnes) and go through a self test (You will have to answer enough “yes” answers to get a referral).

After you take the test at Dr. Carnes’ website – he has a on-line method where you can find a counselor in your specific area (may not work for all areas, you may have to perform research for your specific area).

Isaiah 61:1-2 – The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn.


Be Free in Christ does not endorse any facilities linked to on this site, but rather offers suggestions on the type of assistance that some may find helpful in battling addiction. We believe that while freedom can only be found through a growing relationship with our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, there are some individual situations where seeking the counsel of a medical professional or mental health provider may be helpful.