The issue of sex addiction comes up quite often in the media and is often sensationalized. Sex researchers who study the topic are mixed on whether to call it an “addiction” – some feel that the idea of sex addiction is valid and quite a lot of others suggest that it is not like drug or alcohol addiction as people tend to not suffer physical withdrawal symptoms and it doesn’t share many of the other common features of “addiction”. Rather, many seem to see it as closer to a “bad habit” or a compulsive behavioral issue or disorder. You can read about the conflicting ideas and some of the more recent research on the topic – and yes, the issue of whether professionals should even be speaking to their media about Tiger Woods, having never met or treated him – on Physorg.com.
About Dr. Debby Herbenick
Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.