Not all problematic sexual behavior shows up as an addictive disorder. There are three basic characteristics before assigning a diagnosis:

1) Control: Do I have a sense that I have lost control over whether or not I engage in my specific out-of-control behavior?

2) Consequences: Am I experiencing significant consequences because of my specific out-of-control sexual behavior?

3) Compulsivity: Do I feel like I am constantly thinking about my specific out-of-control sexual behavior even when I don’t want to?

These 3 C’s are the hallmarks of helping professionals assess and define the boundaries of sexual addiction and compulsivity. There is a continuum of behaviors that range from masturbation and pornography through sexual exploitation. Using these three questions as a guide to help decide if further exploration would be useful to you. The following test was developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes who was the first professional to work with individuals exhibiting compulsivity around sexual behaviors. These tests will help you understand sexual addiction and determine if a problem may exist. These instruments are used as an aid for assessment and are not conclusive proof. Please feel free to print the test results and bring them to CCSH for a free consultation.

Free online assessments:

Your Brain On Porn


Patrick Carnes, Ph.D


Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health


International Institute for Trauma & Addicition


American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists


The Kinsey Institute


Therapy Tribe


Psychology Today

SA- Sexaholics Anonymous (615) 331-6230

SAA- Sexual Addicts Anonymous (713) 869-4902

SCA- Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (800) 977-4325

SLAA- Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (781) 255-8825

SRA- Sexual Recovery Anonymous (212) 340-4650

S-Anon (615) 833-3152

COSA (612) 537-6904

RCA- Recovering Couples Anonymous (314) 830-2600

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