Post # 1
In the last few months I’ve heard and read so much in the news about celebrities and politicians cheating on their significant others, and it always ends up the same way – the cheater goes to sex rehab and somehow miraculously comes out a clean man/woman with no other desire than to sleep with one person.
Pffft. Does anyone else think that sex rehab is a joke? What happened to the old days when cheating was just that – CHEATING. End of story
Post # 3
i think it’s much easier to blame your behavior on an “addiction” than on just being an a**hole
Post # 5
I honestly agree. I think it’s a joke. I don’t really think there’s a line between ***hole and sex rehab candidate. Not to knock anyone’s personal problems, but you can’t just have sex with any woman you walk by and claim you couldn’t help it because you were addicted. I honestly think there are just really crappy people in the worl who are just plain selfish. That’s all I think Tiger Woods is.
Post # 6
I don’t know what to think, really. It seems that sex addiction might be just like any other type of addiction. For some reason, in my mind, I liken it most to a gambling addiction. But, I don’t know anyone personally who has been a sex addict. Is sex rehab just like other rehab? 12 steps and all?
I also don’t think that everyone who cheats is a sex addict. I think some people use that label as an excuse to avoid accountability for their actions.
Post # 7
Treatment according to Wikipedia…
Numerous professional therapists and counsellors offer treatment for sexual addiction.
In addition, self-help groups such as Sex Addicts Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, Sexual Compulsives Anonymous and Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous are popular with proponents of the sexual addiction concept. These are large groups based on the 12-step system of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are various online support forums for these groups as well as meetings in metropolitan areas.
Help may also be available through an out-patient or in-patient program or private counselor.
Post # 8
I don’t know if I agree. It’s easy in high profile cases like the Tiger Woods case to just assume that it is an excuse for him to get out of some hot water with his wife and the public, but it’s a stretch to assume that all sex addicts are BSing or that sex addiction isn’t a real thing.
Post # 9
I think it’s probably a real thing, though maybe not an addiction per se, but definitely some sort of imbalance. I think my dad probably was a sex addict. That said, I think it’s hard to draw the line of who is a legit sex addict and who is just trying to use it as an excuse to bail themselves out of trouble.
Post # 10
It’s probably a real thing, but I think Tiger Woods is full of BS. Totally full of it and I cannot understand for the life of me why anyone would stay with someone after they’ve cheated with 13 different women.
What kills me is did he really think he wouldn’t get caught?!
Post # 11
@KMSkull – I don’t know how many cheating men or woman actually believe they will get caught. He is another human being.
Post # 12
i think its an excuse and way to cover for people in the spot light that do something bad. Like, its suddenly ok becuase he went to rehab for it. No, its not ok. He still cheated.
Post # 13
@Roddy- he’s another human being, but he’s in the spotlight. He’s a celebrity. His life is a lot more public and he’s a lot more well known than us average Joes. Some people only have to go to the next town over and nobody would ever recognize them, but I don’t think he could effectively hide for so long, given his status.
I kind of think he did have a problem. He already had so much, and this behavior led him to lose it all, kind of like gambling. Maybe it started off that he was a jerk, but I think it just spriraled. I can see the enorphins and adrenaline rush from doing something like this and getting away with it. but, like I said, maybe I feel this way because I know my dad went through this.
Post # 14
I don’t know… I don’t think it’s right to assume that people in the spotlight are using rehab and addiction as an “excuse” to the public for their actions. First of all, by saying they’re addiction isn’t real, it calls into question the authenticity of sex addiction all together. Is everyone else just faking it, too? I think all claims of addiction should be taken seriously and treated seriously; otherwise, we have a tendency to discredit the legitimacy of the disease instead of promoting the recovery process.
Second of all, even if a person without an addiction problem goes into rehab for the wrong reasons (i.e. to “get out” of a punishment for “doing something wrong”), they’re probably going to come out with a better understanding of how to avoid that mistake in the future. Most rehab programs are based around an intensive therapy and self-discovery process. That kind of environment is designed to help addicts recover; I can only imagine it has the same or greater effect on non-addicts, too. I think any help they can get is for the best, even if they aren’t truely addicts.
Post # 15
@JoesWifey – I understand that 100% but I am so tired about hearing about it in the media. This shouldn’t make the news. Give me info on something that effects me and my life.
My point in my comment is that many of the cheaters and cheater-ettes (celebrity or not) don’t do it because they think they will get caught or at least not right away. Just because you are a celebrity, doesn’t mean the mentality isn’t the same, you just may have some money to keep things quiet a bit.
As for the post, I cannot say whether I believe someone suffers from a sex addiction or not. I am no expert, so I cannot make that determination. Same is true for drug addiction, gambling addition, etc. I do know that some people use it as an excuse for sure, celebrity or not but who am I to tell.
Note: had to edit my last paragraph to state what I was trying to really say.
Post # 16
@RoddyBride – Addiction is real. It’s hard to understand if you haven’t experienced anyone close to you living with addiction, but I have and it’s no joke.
Especially with drug or alcohol addiction, it’s life or death. Gambling addiction, while it won’t kill you on it’s own, will destroy your life and your family’s life and many addicts end up killing themselves because they end up penniless and alone. Sex addiction is less understood than other addictions, but it is still a very real and dangerous thing.