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Getting over a sex addiction

Hi,

I’m a young adult who suffers from a sex addiction and I have tried multiple times, unsuccessfully, to kick it. I’m mainly addicted to Omegle sex (which I partook in for hours on end daily)  but I’m not an exhibitionist: I don’t strip unless the other person wants me to and I find them attractive, so I give them the choice. But I’ve saved lots of ‘page 6 lovers’ on my contacts and I’ve almost gotten caught and in trouble from my addictions (little brother had to answer a video call for me at night, grandma walked in on me in the nude twice). Although these are often one night stands, I also listened to a TED talk on porn addiction and maybe it’s not all bad if I’m able to share a laugh with my fling? I also once accidentally injured myself trying to please a guy on Omegle, so it probably is destructive. How bad is my addiction though?

 

I’ve talked to friends about my addiction and they have been very supportive and I’ve done drawings to express my feelings, but I need help staying on track. Any contacts I can access or tips to help me? Thanks guys!

 

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hi @BlueFlitty and welcome
well done for reaching out for some help and support. its good that youve been able to recognise that its a problem as thats the first step to most things.
i havent experienced a sex addiction however im aware that there are sex therapists who deal with these things. do you think you would be willing to have a chat to a sex therapist to help you to move forward?
**NEVER be afraid to ask for help because you're WORTH it!**
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Hi @BlueFlitty
Thank you for being brave and sharing, in psychology when things start to negatively affect your life and your daily activities then a professional's support and help is usually recommended. Have you ever seen a professional regarding this?
I'm really glad to hear that you have a good support system, your friends sound really great.
Please keep us updated on how you are, we're here for you Heart
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Hi,

Thanks for yours and everyone’s support so far.

I haven’t seen a professional yet, but I want to find one who can keep things confidential. I don’t know if my family know and I hope they don’t, so if you know anyone who I can talk to and keep it completely confidential without my family even knowing I’m seeing them, that’ll be helpful.

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@BlueFlitty are you over 18? if your over 18 your parents dont need to know anything at all. you can speak to your gp about a care plan to be refferred to a psychologist who specialises in this, go privately to a psych which means youll have to pay their full fee or you can have a look and see if there is a counsellor that offers bulk billing without any refferral such as at a womens health centre or community centre.
**NEVER be afraid to ask for help because you're WORTH it!**
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also if you put an @symbol before a members name itll tag them for you
**NEVER be afraid to ask for help because you're WORTH it!**
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Yes, I am over 18. I turn 19 in 5 days

But I guess that's what I'll use my saved money for.

Do they accept cash? Cos my parents will probably see my credit card receipt

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@BlueFlitty from what I understand, psychologists can only break confidentiality if you or someone else is in danger, so finding one who's confidential couldn't be hard. 

I can't see a reason why they wouldn't accept cash.. you could also try getting a medicare card, if you're able to, which should reduce your out of pocket costs.

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hey @BlueFlitty first of all, happy 19th birthday for a few days' time!

What do you have planned for your birthday? Smiley Happy

Most psychologists are pretty flexible with how they accept payment so cash should be fine as long as you tell/ask them about it first.  

And I just want to confirm what others have said - the only reason a psych would break confidentiality was if you had a plan to harm yourself or someone else. 

// Spiral outward, keep going. //
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hi @BlueFlitty

I would suggest speaking with your gp that way he/she can give you a refferal to a psychologist. this way you will be able to be bulk billed or be able to get a medicare rebate so it wont use up all your money.
being over 18 you can also apply for your own medicare card meaning your parents wont see what your using it for either. most psychologists generally accept cash however it makes it abit tricky when it comes to rebates. if your going private though without any refferrals then youll have to pay the full fee and wont matter if you use cash or card.
**NEVER be afraid to ask for help because you're WORTH it!**