I believe most human beings enjoy engaging in sexually behaviors. Sex is an act where pleasure occurs and people can become satisfied where as; sex addiction the individual is searching to escape reality in most cases. However sex addiction is a way for people to escape their feelings and sometimes occurs due to past traumas. Individuals often need help to stop acting out on this behavior. Sex addicts spend a great deal of time either thinking about sexual behaviors or engaging in them. The recovery aspect of addiction takes time and daily maintenance just like drug addiction. According to disease of addiction model drugs are a symptom to the problem which is the individual therefore they act out on behaviors such as; drug, sex, gambling, shopping, food and etc.
The difference between cheating and sex addiction is hard to determine because having multiple affairs is part of a larger pattern of using sex as a drug. Most sex addicts engage in behaviors such as; masturbation, porn, affairs, and sometimes engaging in sex acts with strangers. Sex addicts at times view the world and people as objects and engage in these behaviors without emotion connection. Cheaters on the other hand may engage in affairs by way of getting emotional, physical or mental needs met. Cheaters tend to act on impulse to feel instant gratification. Cheaters don’t usually use sex as a drug but want to feel fulfilled and manipulate others to satisfy their selfish needs.
Individuals struggling with sex addiction may seek help by attending support groups, seeking counseling, and abstaining from sex for a period of time to address underlining issues with professional help.