Sex addiction is described by the relationship counselling service Relate as any sexual activity that feels out of control.
It could involve sex with a partner, but it may also mean activities such as viewing pornography, masturbation, visiting prostitutes, or using sex chat lines.
It involves identifying and changing behaviour that's painful and damaging.
Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation and consultations.
For many people, these habits don't cause them a problem.
But sex addicts are unable to control these urges and actions, despite the problems they may cause in their relationships, finances and professional lives.
Early trauma, neglect or depression may be factors.
The consequences of sex addiction and love addiction are varied.
Sex addicts and love addicts will typically have long-term relationship and intimacy problems, but the addiction can also affect them financially, professionally, physically and socially.The recovery process for sex addicts and love addicts is similar to that of substance addictions.