Welcome to the ATSAC homepage. We are a non-profit organisation that provides information and support on sex addiction and compulsivity to those with this problem.
Sex addiction is a growing problem that can devastate lives. ATSAC is committed to providing hope, information and UK treatment options to sex addicts and those who love them. We also provide professional standards and training to the growing number of therapists choosing to specialise in this field.
Sex addiction, also known as sexual compulsion and sexual dependancy describes any sexual activity that feels "out of control". A sex addict feels compelled to seek out and engage in sexual behaviour, in spite of the problems it may cause to his/her personal, social and work lives. It may encompass any single or multiple types of sexual behaviour. For example:
The type of behaviour does not define addiction. The essential difference between the addict and the non-addict is that these behaviours feel out of control. An addict may spend an inordinate amount of time planning, engaging in and recovering from their chosen sexual activity. And in spite of the physical, emotional, relational, financial and even judicial cost of these activities, they feel unable to stop their behaviour. Or at least, unable to stay stopped.
Another key factor is that the chosen sexual behaviours are used to anaesthetise psychological pain. In the same way an alcoholic may get lost in a bottle or a compulsive gambler fixates on the next win to avoid the pain of life, the sex addict chooses sex as their way to cope with the world.
If you're unsure if the above description fits you or someone you know, who you think may be a sex addict, look also at: Am I a sex addict?