Therapy For Reckless Sexual Behavior – Teen

Help for Reckless Sexual Behavior

Reckless sexual behavior includes any form of sexual activity that puts a teen or a partner in a risky or harmful situation physically, emotionally or sexually.  While this may include other youth who are be coerced or enticed to engage in sexual activity, unfortunately, with increased frequency, reckless sexual behavior in teens includes attempts to “hook up” with random sexual partners using the internet.  Often, it is adult predators who find teens looking for sex on-line and not other teens.  Such encounters lead to sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, creation of child pornography and even becoming a victim of sex trafficking.  These encounters can lead to long-term, devastating consequences for the teen.

Increasingly parents today face the issue of teen children suffering from problematic sexual behaviors.  These behaviors frequently involve habitual, reckless and compulsive sexual activity for reasons that have little or nothing to with love, intimacy or commitment to a significant other. Reasons for the sexual acting out behaviors are often rooted in feelings of inadequacy, social struggles, self-esteem and inability to manage negative emotions.

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Often, teens struggling with sexual addiction are in denial of its actual existence, and insist that because they’re not engaging in drug or alcohol abuse, they are managing their problems in a healthy and responsible manner. The reality is that the nature of sexual addiction mirrors that of addiction to alcohol and drugs.

Very often, sex addiction is illustrated through chronic use of pornography, and searching for random or anonymous sexual encounters.

Common signs that a teen may be developing a sexual addiction include:

  • Excessive preoccupation with sexual fantasies, urges and activity
  • Pornography and compulsive masturbation as a means of coping with stress, anxiety and depression
  • Reckless sexual behavior and lack of control over sexual impulses
  • Sexual activity without regard for physical health or self-worth

Teens who engage in reckless sexual behavior often experience lifestyle disruptions, including:

  • Inability to maintain healthy relationships
  • Social isolation
  • Contraction of a sexually transmitted disease
  • Feelings of inadequacy and regret
  • Self-destructive episodes, including suicide attempts, due to guilt, shame and frustration about their sexual behavior
  • The inability to form healthy romantic relationships

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Teens who engage in reckless sexual behavior need help, often in the form of a treatment program for two important reasons. The first being to prevent further sexual acting out as this can only occur in a controlled setting, and the second being to assist the teen and his/her parents in identifying and disrupting the underlying emotional issues that lead to reckless sexual behavior.

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