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Sex Addiction Screening Test

A sex addiction test is the beginning step to understand whether you or a loved one have a problem with compulsive sexual behavior. The sexual addiction screening test was developed by Dr Patrick Carnes, the foremost expert in understanding and treating this addictive brain disease.

Sexual Addiction Test

Am I A Sex Addict? A sexual addiction test can begin to answer this question. Sex addiction affects many people today, and can include a variety of behaviors and consequences. The following questions will help you begin to understand if this problem affects you or a loved one.

This is not a diagnosis but a tool to aid in assessing. Contact a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist at Lifeworks Recovery for an accurate assessment and diagnosis.

Sex Addiction Self Test

A sex addiction self test, such as the Sexual Addiction Screening Test that follows, is usually the first place the addict or a family member goes to understand the destructive nature of sex addiction, and find direction to begin the healing process. Take your time, answer the questions slowly, and begin your healing journey today.

Yes No 1. Were you sexually abused as a child or adolescent?
Yes No 2. Did your parents have trouble with sexual behavior?
Yes No 3. Do you often find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts?
Yes No 4. Do you feel that your sexual behavior is not normal?
Yes No 5. Do you ever feel bad about your sexual behavior?
Yes No 6. Has your sexual behavior ever created problems for you and your familily?
Yes No 7. Have you ever sought help for sexual behavior you did not like?
Yes No 8. Has anyone been hurt emotionally because of your sexual behavior?
Yes No 9. Are any of your sexual activities against the law?
Yes No 10. Have you made efforts to quit a type of sexual activity and failed?
Yes No 11. Do you hide some of your sexual behaviors from others?
Yes No 12. Have you attempted to stop some parts of your sexual activity?
Yes No 13. Have you felt degraded by your sexual behaviors?
Yes No 14. When you have sex, do you feel depressed afterwards?
Yes No 15. Do you feel controlled by your sexual desire?
Yes No 16. Have important parts of your life (such as job, family, friends, leisure activities) been neglected because you were spending too much time on sex?
Yes No 17. Do you ever think your sexual desire is stronger than you are?
Yes No 18. Is sex almost all you think about?
Yes No 19. Has sex (or romantic fantasies) been a way for you to escape your problems?
Yes No 20. Has sex become the most important thing in your life?
Yes No 21. Are you in crisis over sexual matters?
Yes No 22. The internet has created sexual problems for me.
Yes No 23. I spend too much time online for sexual purposes.
Yes No 24. I have purchased services online for erotic purposes (sites for dating, pornography, fantasy and friend finder).
Yes No 25. I have used the internet to make romatic or erotic connections with people online.
Yes No 26. People in my life have been upset about my sexual activities online.
Yes No 27. I have attempted to stop my online sexual behaviors.
Yes No 28. I have subscribed to or regularly purchased or rented sexually explicit materials (Magazines, videos, books or online pornography).
Yes No 29. I have been sexual with minors.
Yes No 30. I have spent considerable time and money on strip clubs, adult bookstores, and movie houses..
Yes No 31. I have engaged prostitutes and escorts to satisfy my sexual needs.
Yes No 32. I have spent considerable time surfing pornography online.
Yes No 33. I have used magazines, videos or online pornography even when there was considerable risk of being caught by family memners who would be upset by my behavior.
Yes No 34. I have regularly purchased romatic novels or sexually explicit magazines.
Yes No 35. I have stayed in romatic relationships after they became emotionally abusive.
Yes No 36. I have traded sex for money or gifts.
Yes No 37. I have maintained multiple romatic or sexual relationships at the same time.
Yes No 38. After sexually acting out, I sometimes refrain from all sex for a significant period
Yes No 39. I have regularly engaged in sadomasochistic behavior.
Yes No 40. I visit sexual bath-houses, sex clubs, or video/bookstores as part of my regular sexual activity.
Yes No 41. I have engaged in unsafe or “risky” sex even though I knew it could cause me harm.
Yes No 42. I have cruised public restrooms, rest areas, or parks looking for sex with strangers.
Yes No 43. I believe casual or anonymous sex has kept me from having more long-term intimate relationships.
Yes No 44. My sexual behavior has put me at risk for arrest for lewd conduct or public indecency.
Yes No 45. I have been paid for sex.


Total  Yes Answers on Core Items————

If you scored 6 or greater on the Core Items, your answers HAVE MET the threshold of six of the criteria that indicate sex addiction is present.

If you scored less than 6 on Core Items, then you HAVE NOT MET the threshold of six of the criteria that indicate sex addiction is present.

Sub Scores

In addition to the score on the core items, there are certain subscales to further confirm that a problem exists. The following subscales were measured in your answers:

Total  Yes Answers on Internet Items———————

If you scored 3 or greater on the Internet Items, you have a profile consistent with sex addicts who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior on-line.

Total  Yes Answers on Men’s Items———————

If you scored 2 or greater on the Men’s Items, you have a profile consistent with men who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior.

Total  Yes Answers on Women’s Items———————

If you scored 2 or greater on the Women’s Items, you have a profile consistent with women who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior.

Total  Yes Answers on Homesexual Men’s———————

If you scored 3 or greater on the Homosexual Men’s Items, you have a profile consistent with homosexual men who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior.

If you answered Yes to 4-6 Q’s – you may have a problem

If you answered Yes to 7 or more questions, we suggest you seek help for cybersex addiction, internet sex addiction or pornographic addiction.

If you or a loved one has taken this test, and you have fear or concern about your results, or this test confirmed your fears, please call a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) to help you understand your options for healing. There is a way to heal, make the call today. If you want CSAT’s in other areas, click here.

Sex Addiction Screening Test used by permission from:

Dr Patrick Carnes

Disclaimer: This assessment is for informational purposes only and cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a clinical professional; the assessment should only be used as a guide to understanding your sexual behavior and the potential consequences associated with that behavior. If you are concerned about your sexual behavior, please seek professional help.