The International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) is an organization that facilitates the cutting-edge training of addiction practitioners. Founded by Dr. Patrick Carnes, IITAP is one of the most trusted organizations in the field of addiction recovery. This organization has developed a Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST).
Or if you prefer a simpler self-test, the following evaluation was adapted from material published by Sexaholics Anonymous.
If you answer YES to at least seven of these questions, you might consider exploring this area of recovery.
- Do you go from one relationship to another?
- Do you feel the right relationship would fulfill all your needs?
- Do you use sex as an escape?
- Do you make excuses to leave your partner as soon as possible after the act?
- After a sexual experience do you feel guilty?
- Has your pursuit of sex interfered with your relationship with your spouse?
- Do you find you are unable to resist a sexual overture?
- Have you ever sought out help to change your sexual behavior or thinking? Have you ever wanted to?
- Have you ever tried to limit or stop acting out, but have been unable to?
- Do you put yourself, or others, in dangerous situations in pursuit of sex?
- Have you found that you are unable to resist sex or sexual images?
- Do you have trouble concentrating, or completing tasks at work, always thinking about sex?
- Do you spend time on the internet viewing pornographic Web sites?
- Do you take time away from work to pursue sexual activities?
- Do you feel you have lost control of your actions to fulfill the need for sex?
- Have you ever been arrested for a sexual offense?