David Duchovny Enters Rehab For An Addiction To Sex.

Remember last Christmas when Lindsay Lohan was a sex addict? Guess she wasn’t the only one; looks like David Duchovny’s got a little sexual addiction going on, himself.

“I have voluntarily entered a facility for the treatment of sex addiction,” the actor said in a statement released to Access. “I ask for respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family.”

Duchovny, 48, is married to actress Tea Leoni, and together they have two children, a 9-year-old daughter, Madelaine, and a 6-year-old son, Kyd. They have been married since May 6, 1997.

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I know there are a lot of people out there that don’t believe sexual addiction is a real disease, but it is. Any vice that affects your ability to function in a healthy way each day is a legitimate addiction, and therefore a legitimate disease.

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Sex Addiction can involve a wide variety of practices. Sometimes an addict has trouble with just one unwanted behavior, sometimes with many. A large number of sex addicts say their unhealthy use of sex has been a progressive process. It may have started with an addiction to masturbation, pornography (either printed or electronic), or a relationship, but over the years progressed to increasingly dangerous behaviors.

The essence of all addiction is the addicts’ experience of powerlessness over a compulsive behavior, resulting in their lives becoming unmanageable. The addict is out of control and experiences tremendous shame, pain and self-loathing. The addict may wish to stop — yet repeatedly fails to do so. The unmanageability of addicts’ lives can be seen in the consequences they suffer: losing relationships, difficulties with work, arrests, financial troubles, a loss of interest in things not sexual, low self-esteem and despair.

Sexual preoccupation takes up tremendous amounts of energy. As this increases for the sex addict, a pattern of behavior (or rituals) follows, which usually leads to acting out (for some it is flirting, searching the net for pornography, or driving to the park.) When the acting out happens, there is a denial of feelings usually followed by despair and shame or a feeling of hopelessness and confusion.

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Side Note: Sexual addiction rumors have followed David Duchovny for years. In a 1997 interview with Playgirl magazine the actor did his best to deny rumors that he was a sex addict.

“I’m single and I had a long-term girlfriend up until last November,” Duchovny told Playgirl magazine. “I have been seen with more than one woman in the last few months, so I’m an easy target for those kind of things.”

He continued “I’m not a sex addict. I have never been to those meetings. It’s hurtful to my family and if I was involved with a woman in a monogamous relationship, it would be hurtful to her.

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