Whether you use the label bad habit, addiction, compulsion, or dependency, or any other words, if your behavior is creating suffering, then you have a problem. It is important to at least admit to yourself that you have a problem and then you can begin to focus on healing. That may mean finding a qualified counselor or joining a support group. If you have attempted to stop your compulsive sexual behavior on your own in the past but have not been able to, it's time to seek support.
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Paldrom Collins is a former Tibetan Buddhist nun and co-author of A Couple’s Guide to Sexual Addiction: A Step-by-Step Plan to Rebuild Trust & Restore Intimacy. Working with her husband and sex addiction expert George Collins at Compulsion Solutions, Paldrom counsels individuals and couples across the country.