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Addicted to sex?

In our new column and podcast series, Professor Sarah Niblock, CEO of the UKCP, explores real-life challenges that affect all our lives and how therapy can help. This month, we put the spotlight on sex addiction

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Erica Garza’s favourite porn scene of all time involves 50 men, two women, a warehouse, a hairdryer and a taxi. As if that weren’t mind-boggling enough, she says that whatever that conjures in our head, it won’t be as stomach-churning as the reality.

Garza, author of Getting Off: One Woman’s Journey Through Sex And Porn Addiction (Simon & Schuster, £18.99), explores the cultural taboos and stigma surrounding compulsive behaviour, particularly for women. In a cycle that lasted 20 years, Garza started by viewing ‘mild porn’ but soon felt compelled towards more explicit and extreme material. The accompanying feelings of self-disgust only served to lead her into distracting herself temporarily from her shame with reckless, unprotected random sexual encounters.

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