Sex Addiction (January/February)

Date of Issue: 01/01/2017 | Volume: 5 | Number: 1

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Sexual behavior qualifies as a disorder when it affects a patient’s personal and/or professional life. In this issue, we give advice on how to diagnose and treat sex addiction, and talk to Peter Kleponis, PhD, on how to disagnose pornography addiction, a frequent component of this disorder.

In This Issue


Sex Addiction: A Primer

Topics: Addiction

From Don Juanism to nymphomania, sex addiction has long been recognized among the lay public, but recognition among professionals has been more controversial. Although highly stigmatized, excessive sexual behavior doesn’t qualify as a disorder until it causes real problems for patients, such as relationship issues, losing one’s job, and getting arrested.

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Expert Q&A

Pornography Addiction

Topics: Addiction | Psychotherapy

Pornography addiction is more of a process or behavioral addiction where the effect on the brain is the same, but you’re not putting a foreign chemical into your body. Pornography is just one behavior that we would put under that umbrella of sexual addiction. And for some people who become sex addicts, it actually starts out with pornography—as a sort of gateway drug.

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News of Note

A Kratom Update

Topics: Addiction | News of Note | Substance Abuse

If you have not yet heard of kratom (usually pronounced kray-tom or krah-tom), consider this an introduction. Kratom preparations are gaining popularity among substance users because of the plant’s opioid-like and stimulant properties.

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Research Update

Cannabis and Psychosis: The Debate Continues

Topics: Research Update

Cannabis users seem to be at higher than normal risk to develop psychotic symptoms (see CATR, March 2015, “High Potency Cannabis Increases Risk of First Episode Psychosis”), but so far researchers haven’t solved the chicken-and-egg problem.

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CME Post-Test

Take The CME Post-Test for Sex Addiction, CATR, January/February 2017

Topics: CME Post-Test

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers only. By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 2 CME credits.

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