SASH Policy statement

SASH POLICY REGARDING ETHICAL PRACTICE AND SAME SEX RELATIONSHIPS:

Sexual activities and relationships with members of one’s own sex are not considered signs or symptoms of sexual addiction. Sexual addiction, as well as some problematic sexual behaviors, is not defined by the type of sexual act or the gender of the sexual partner. Out-of-control sexual behavior is defined as sexual behavior that is acted out compulsively, with preoccupation (before and after the act), and without regard for the consequences.

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health acknowledges along with the American Psychiatric Association, that homosexuality does not imply any pathology or mental illness. Unlike homosexuality, sexual addiction is seen as a disorder in need of treatment. People with homosexual or bisexual orientations have long been stigmatized and may suffer because of this stigmatization. It is important to distinguish between out of control sexual behavior (sexual addiction) and one’s discomfort with their sexual orientation. A trained therapist should be able to help separate the issues.