3. Engaging in sexual behavior that directly conflicts with personal values
The McKinley Health Center states that it is extremely important to “know what your sexual values are,” which may not match those of your parents, religion, or culture. For sex addicts, this causes a strong internal conflict. While some sex addicts may be devoutly religious, they will still find it hard to stop and resist sexual activity because they are highly addicted. This causes a cycle where they cannot stop, but continue to engage in sexual activity to fulfill their needs. They might even progress into having multiple partners or extramarital partners, frequent one-night stands, and sex with prostitutes.