But sure enough, various clinicians and researchers are trying to establish the scientific basis for sex addiction—by referring to neurology and hormones, as measured by brain scans.
valkyryn: There is a categorical distinction between alcohol or heroin addition and sex addition. The former involve chemical, physiological dependency upon a particular substance. The body's metabolism actually changes. This is not true of sex "addiction" or any other behavioral "addiction" as far as we can tell.
anotherpanacea: And, can we just be honest with ourselves for a moment? Sex is better than alcohol.
Considered to be part of the obsessive-compulsive disorder spectrum, impulse control disorders are often associated with substance use disorders because "it has been speculated that these disorders are mediated by alterations of partially overlapping neural circuits".
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