Should virtual sex be treated like other sex addictions? (2000)

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Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention

Volume 7, Issue 1-2, 2000

DOI: 10.1080/10720160008400210

Maressa Hecht Orzack & Carol J. Rossb

pages 113-125


The majority of those addicted to virtual sex who present for outpatient and inpatient treatment usually have more pervasive sexual or other behavioral and/or chemical addictions. Case studies are presented to illustrate typical patients. Treatment recommendations are made for both outpatient and inpatient treatment. Beck Hopelessness Scale test results show a significant improvement in those treated with inpatient modalities. As in treating other sex addictions, imposing limits and enlisting the aid of others works for some cybersex addicts, while others need a period of complete abstinence or to eliminate computer use entirely.