With alcohol and chemical dependency, addicts must make a permanent break from their drug of choice. They determine at the beginning of recovery that they will not use any more.
For most sex addicts, it is not as acceptable to give up sex for life. Rather, sex addicts must learn to have a healthy relationship with sex. In this way, sex addiction has more in common with eating disorders than it does with drug addiction or alcoholism.
The path to developing a healthy relationship with sex is outlined in the new book Stop Sex Addiction: Real Hope, True Freedom for Sex Addicts and Partners. Both sex addicts and partners find help and hope in this book.