The New York Times has reported a host of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, dating back 30 years. It has now been revealed that Weinstein has gone to rehab for sex addiction.There is no way for us to know if Mr. Weinstein is a true sex addict or merely someone who is trying to shift blame, however, it does bring up the issue of the real correlation that exists between substance abuse and sex addiction.
Sex addiction can involve pornography, sexting, and compulsively engaging in sex acts. Compulsive sexual behavior disorder, like substance use disorders is illustrated by continuing to engage in the destructive behavior despite negative consequences. Strong links seem to exist between substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors. It has been reported that 83% of self-identifying sex addicts are also dependent on drugs or alcohol or are workaholics or gamblers. Psychologists speculate that these behaviors may serve as an escape from emotional or physical pain or as a way of coping with stress. Unfortunately, as is often true, what begins as a way to alleviate stress becomes a greater problem.
The drugs most commonly linked to sex addiction are stimulants such as methamphetamine or cocaine. Methamphetamine is usually the drug of choice and has been called the “sex drug. “Individuals who are addicted to stimulants and sex have an especially difficult time recovering. The combination of stimulants and sex can be especially dangerous, since while intoxicated, individuals are more likely to do away with safe sex practices opening the window for STD’s and other risk factors.
If you are concerned you may be a sex addict, you can take the online assessment known as the Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST). If you are concerned about issues pertaining to drugs or alcohol and sex, please contact New Bridge Foundation for a free assessment.