Behavior: Do People Get Hooked on Sex?

Psychologists debate how to treat a different kind of "addiction"

A woman uses a vibrator so intensely that she ends up in an emergency room. A priest steals money from his church's collection box so that he can pay for prostitutes. A young father of three small children sneaks out at night for anonymous sex in public bathrooms. He contracts AIDS and infects his wife. Both of them are dying.

Why do otherwise normal men and women do such things? Why do they let their sexual desires destroy their families, their jobs, even their health? Is it possible that they are powerless to control their urges? Are they addicted to sex,...

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