Sex Addiction – A Misdiagnosis

Originally the term addiction was conceived and defined as physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances (alcohol, tobacco, heroin and other substances). Subsequently, addiction was broadened to include any persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance. Henceforth, every symptom can be labeled an addiction. AddictionZ Victoria, BC Canada has compiled a list of 110 addictions as set forth by Western/Allopathic Medical criteria.

Western/Allopathic protocol treats addictions with behavior therapy and drugs – most preferably antidepressants and in some cases with antipsychotic drugs. This protocol has shown little recovery.

A 2008 study conducted by Professor Irving Kirsch University of Hull, Psychology department concluded, “The difference in improvement between people taking placebos and people taking antidepressants is not very great. This means that depressed people can improve without chemical treatments.” In view of these results, the reason to prescribe antidepressant medication to any but the most severely depressed people is ill advised. The study further raises serious issues that need to be addressed surrounding drug licensing and how drug trial data is reported.

A 2009 study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, the University of New Mexico and the University of Colorado and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), confirms the study by Professor Kirsch, University of Hull.

Society needs to take a hard look at what is created when behavior induced physical symptoms are labeled an addiction. Western/Allopathic theory and protocol fail to recognize symptoms are inexplicably within the person’s thoughts, feelings and actions. Every symptom can be more accurately defined as an expression of the person’s lifestyle, beliefs, indoctrination and conditioning.

Cancer is not a tumor, for example. It is a systemic reaction that can only truly be eliminated by helping to support the body’s natural functions in Mind, Body and Spirit, not by attacking it with toxic chemical bombs and knives. The tumor is simply one physical expression of the systemic issue and simply removing the tumor with toxic chemicals or knives does nothing to eliminate the symptoms in the long-term. This phenomenon is evidence when the symptoms reoccur elsewhere. Whereas; when the symptoms are treated as an expression of the person’s lifestyle, beliefs, indoctrination and conditioning a complete transformation is created in Mind, Body and Spirit.

The Mind, Body and Spirit are inexplicably interconnected with the Universal Laws. The Universal Laws are founded on the understanding that everything in the universe is energy and everything is inter-related. Thoughts, feelings, words and actions are all forms of energy. What one thinks, feels, says, and does in each moment comes back to create ones reality – The Law of Cause and Effect. The combined thoughts, words, feelings, and actions of everyone creates a collective consciousness, it creates the world one sees. Thus, transformation in Mind, Body and Spirit is possible – given the system has the proper care-nutrition, herbal and mineral supplements, emotional, physical and spiritual support.

The decision to label those who engage in multiple and irresponsible sex acts, including sex with a child as a sex addiction is fool-hearty because the sexual behavior is the result of a compulsion that has a direct link to his/her emotional, physical and sexual trauma. Men or women, who engage in sexual exploitation or irresponsible sexual behavior are sexual or physical abuse survivors. He/she is using sex with others, including children as a way to cope, to numb or distract him/herself from the mental, emotional, physical and sexual pain from his/her own abuse.

Frequently, the person is seeking a similar experience to the mental, emotional, physical, and sexual pain he/she endured as a child. Unbeknown to him/her, he/she is creating the moth to the flame scenario. In other words, the person merely rationalizes his/her behavior and does not believe he/she is exploiting or harming the other person. He or she might vow to stop such sexual acts, but when the compulsion to relieve the mental, emotional, physical and sexual pain becomes too great; he/she will reengage in exploitative or irresponsible sexual behavior. It is a compulsion that she/he cannot stop. He/she will act on his/her compulsion to mitigate the pain if only for a brief period albeit at the peril of public embarrassment and/or professional ruin (Arnold Schwazenagger, John Edwards, Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Gary Hart, NYC Mayor, Rudy Guiliani, Tiger Woods, JFK, FDR and many others). Even the threat of being arrested, convicted and serving time in prison in the case of child sexual abuse does not deter them, because the pain is beyond his/her ability to override its excruciating effect, he/she cannot merely stop the compulsion.

Transforming the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual issues for anyone who has sexually exploited or abused another–no matter the reason–is possible. An innovative and highly effective process to achieve deeper and more total transformation can be achieved. The process is direct, focused, and combines transforming the past while creating a foundation for the future. People quickly make a subtle and effective transition to self-discovery and empowerment.

Transforming mental, emotional, physical and spiritual issues at the core addresses the all-important relationship to one’s true nature – thus transforming the indoctrinations and conditioning. Transforming the psychological indoctrinations and conditional patterns and unconscious beliefs that arise from the personal histories and adaptations effectively transforms the mind, body and spirit. One transforms how one feels, senses, and experiences global consciousness, as well as one’s individual consciousness, like never before. The Emotional, Physical, Spiritual Transformation (EPST) approach addresses the three critical aspects of one’s true being, thus opening the door to true balance, emotional well-being and peace of mind.

Well-being and peace of mind comes from the understanding of the Self, the family, the community in which one lives, and the global community of which one is a part. We are each one heart of the Whole; each heart is here to express its unique piece of the Whole. Knowing Self creates a sense of “I as a piece of this Whole,” different and one at the same time.

The final answer to eliminating sexual exploitation and abuse is stopping what creates people to sexually exploit and sexually abuse, thus eliminating recidivism.

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Metaphysician – Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, Author and Speaker. Dr. Dorothy facilitates clearing blocks, fears and limiting beliefs. You can live the life you desire. She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one’s thoughts and feelings.