TV has always been filled with lovable and quirky characters ― like Don Draper of “Mad Men” and “Hank Moody” of Californication ― with sexual interests that border on compulsions. In recent years there have been many portrayals of “sexual addiction treatment” in movies and on television.
Sex addiction is a serious condition with many symptoms that range from heavy use of internet porn, prostitutes and affairs to engaging in sex binges. When it comes to Hollywood, stories may be exaggerated and there is often nudity, graphic sexuality and the acting out of compulsions. In many of these portrayals, the characters end up in violent, or self-harming, situations.
Be warned that these movies are explicit because of the subject matter and should come with a trigger warning for anyone in sexual addiction treatment. On the other hand, many of these sex addiction films reflect the real, grittier side of compulsions and an earnest attempt to heal ― through therapy, 12 steps and rehab.