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How do you know if you are a healthy sexual woman or a love or sex addict? Where is the line?

Is there a line one crosses from healthy sexuality to sex addiction? If there is, where is the line. These questions are being asked by many people as more celebrities, elected officials, and religious leaders have claimed they are addicted to sex, and are seeking treatment.  Is sex addiction just a excuse for the rich and famous to hide behind, or is there something to it? 7 Signs You Have A Problem With Porn [EXPERT].  Let's look at a couple of people who have identified themselves as female sex addicts and see what they have to say about their experience.

A 42 year old women reported that she has had over 1000 lovers.  she says, 'I know I’m a sex addict, but I can’t face getting professional help. Sex is the only thing that makes me feel good about myself. I guess when the men start saying no, I’ll stop having sex. I know some people must think I’m a terrible person, but believe me I’m not proud of myself.' She is a clear example of a female sex addict.   This woman is having substantial emotional consequenses for engaging in her sexual behavior.  She sounds like a predator  with comments like, "'I’d begin to feel hungry for sex,' she says. 'I’d go on the prowl for men on my lunch breaks. If I didn’t manage to have sex I’d be unproductive all afternoon. If I go without for a few days I start to feel desperately low, depressed and lack energy.' This desperate sense of needing to have sex to feel okay is affecting her functioning on a daily basis, yet she refuses to get treatment. Women Can Be Sex Addicts, Too

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In contrast, another woman, Marnie, is clear she is a sex addict who has been in recovery since 1991.  She admits to the trauma of being sexually abused as a child and acted out sexually until she began to heal through recovery work. Marnie is using the experience to help other women break free from the hold sex addiction has on them. 

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