Regarding masturbation addiction.
A question was recently answered by our Staff B about how much masturbation is too much masturbation.
There were several concerns that were voiced regarding the answer given so, here at sexhelphotline, we wanted to clear a few things up.
Though maturbation can most definitely be a healthy way to stay in touch with your body and be a natural expression of sexuality it can also cross the line into addiction.
Some signs that you may have an addiction to masturbation (referred to as compulsive masturbation) in addition to doing it out of boredom and loneliness are:
-The activity creates a disruption in your normal life. For example, you cannot meet life’s responsibilities such as appoinments or work as a direct result of maturbation.
-You are unable to have normal relationships with those around you.
-Having constant conversations or thoughts about the next time you will masturbate.
All of these things indicate that you may have an addiction. These do not only apply to compulsive maturbation but to any addiction which can range any where from video games to soda.
If the above do not apply to you, anon, then more likely than not, you are not suffering from addiction. However, keep in mind that a facet of being an addict is complete denial that you are one.
If you do feel that these apply to you and that you may have an addiction there are groups that are aimed at helping treat addiction. Look for a Sexaholics Anonymous support group near you or call the National Sexual Compulsives Anonymous number at 1-800-977-HEAL to help you find a support group.