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.
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.