Am I a Sex Addict?

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).

Click here to take the 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.

  1. Do you go from one relationship to another?
  2. Do you feel the right relationship would fulfill all your needs?
  3. Do you use sex as an escape?
  4. Do you make excuses to leave your partner as soon as possible after the act?
  5. After a sexual experience do you feel guilty?
  6. Has your pursuit of sex interfered with your relationship with your spouse?
  7. Do you find you are unable to resist a sexual overture?
  8. Have you ever sought out help to change your sexual behavior or thinking? Have you ever wanted to?
  9. Have you ever tried to limit or stop acting out, but have been unable to?
  10. Do you put yourself, or others, in dangerous situations in pursuit of sex?
  11. Have you found that you are unable to resist sex or sexual images?
  12. Do you have trouble concentrating, or completing tasks at work, always thinking about sex?
  13. Do you spend time on the internet viewing pornographic Web sites?
  14. Do you take time away from work to pursue sexual activities?
  15. Do you feel you have lost control of your actions to fulfill the need for sex?
  16. Have you ever been arrested for a sexual offense?