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People can throw the term “sex addict” around a bit too much. Most healthy individuals (that’s emotional and physical health) crave consistent sex in their lives. Our bodies are programmed to tell us to seek out sex. So just because your friend has a couple one-night stands a week doesn’t mean she is a sex addict. And if a partner cheats on you and blames his behavior on sex addiction, he isn’t off the hook, either. This is a nasty little trick a lot of cheaters have turned to when, in fact, they’re just philanderous—but not sex addicts. Now, all of that being said, sex addiction is a real thing. And how could it not be? When someone has any type of addiction—drug, gambling, alcohol, shopping—it is typically an activity or substance that provides a brief high, and it is something they turn to when feeling particularly low. Sex can certainly be an addiction, when you think about it that way. Here are signs someone is a sex addict.

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They have an astronomical number of partners

I’m talking in the thousands. That would mean this person was likely having sex nearly every day of his grownup life and with different people each time. You have to work hard to reach those numbers, but addicts typically are willing to work very hard to acquire their substance of choice.

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