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Winter 2008 Rapport: From the Leadership Files

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Signs of sexual addiction


David W. Johns (M.A. 2001) is a licensed professional counselor and certified sex addiction therapist in Greensburg, Pa.

God clearly hates sexual sin. Yet, in his mercy, he tirelessly seeks the restoration and healing of the person consumed by the fires of sexual sin. Where we may seek judgment, God desires healing and reconciliation.

The cries of men and women caught in the grip of sexually compulsive behavior are bitter and anguished. Addicts need to know that God doesn’t hate them—he hasn’t given up on them.

The following questions can help a person identify sexual addiction.

    1. Does he continually give in to specific sexual impulses?
    2. Does she often spend more time or effort in sexual behaviors than she intended?
    3. Is he unable to stop, reduce or control the sexual behaviors?
    4. Does she spend an unusual amount of time trying to get sex, having sex or recovering from sex?
    5. Is he preoccupied with sexual behavior or preparation for sexual behavior?
    6. Does the behavior get in the way of work, school, home or social responsibilities?
    7. Does she continue to do it even though she knows that social, financial, psychological or physical problems will result or are made worse by the behavior?
    8. Does he need to increase the intensity, frequency or risk involved or to add new behaviors over time to achieve the same satisfaction?
    9. Has she given up or limited social, work or recreational activities because of the behavior?
    10. Is he distressed, anxious, restless or irritable if he can’t engage in the behavior?

Research shows that if at least three answers are positive, addiction is present; however, only a licensed mental health practitioner should diagnose and treat sexual addiction.

Through the Holy Spirit’s healing power and restorative work, and with counseling, the addict can do more than simply struggle to survive—he or she can live the abundant life.

For resources dealing with sexual integrity in ministry,

Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 11:08 AM

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