Lead scientist Dr Valerie Voon, from Cambridge University, said that those with drug addiction and sex addiction have similar neurological responses.

Almost one in 25 adults may be affected by an obsession with sexual thoughts, feelings or behavior they are unable to control and as a result are having significant consequences for them, affecting their lives and relationships. However, this study takes it a step further to finding out why people carry on repeating behaviors that they know are potentially damaging to them like substance abuse or eating disorders.

”There are clear differences in brain activity between patients who have compulsive sexual behaviour and healthy volunteers. These differences mirror those of drug addicts.”

So, an important goal of this research is to know when, to intervene in order to break the cycle.

via Telegraph