Your Brain on Sex
Sexual addiction is first and foremost a disease of the brain. Even though sex is not being ingested like a chemical substance (such as alcohol or drugs) it still dramatically affects brain chemistry creating a dependency on sexual arousal for the addict.
Sexual arousal changes the mood of the addict by providing a hit or a high to the reward center of the brain resulting in a brain bath of pleasure chemicals. Any behavior that produces pleasure temporarily alters brain chemistry and can result in a compulsion to repeat the behavior to gain more pleasure.
This sets up a perfect feedback loop where the chemistry of the brain reinforces behavior through providing a reward (the high) and the behavior in turn alters the chemistry of the brain.
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