Working in the Movie Industry and Sexual Addiction

Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

Many different factors contribute to the development of a sexual addiction, similar to other addictions, including substance abuse, alcoholism, gambling and more. This includes a combination of genetics, environmental exposures, family history and more.

The media is often a culprit for the development of negative behaviors, including addictions, and it is important to examine how environmental factors may influence an individual who is already susceptible to developing a sexual addiction.

The movie industry itself is a billion dollar business that reaches individuals worldwide. Many people who struggle with sexual addiction frequently turn to the movie industry as a way engaging in explicit sexual behaviors and acts, including use of pornography.

Individuals who work in the movie industry may have more opportunity for engaging in sexual activity that is dangerous or destructive. While not every person who works in the movie industry is automatically inclined to developing a sexual addiction, the nature of the industry may make a person susceptible who already has other risk factors.

If you have been working in the movie industry and have found yourself struggling with an addiction to sex or hypersexuality, be sure to seek out the appropriate help and counseling you need for recovery.

Break Away

While it can be more difficult to break away from an environment that may be more promiscuous in nature or that may seem to offer opportunity and value, it is important to evaluate how your life is impacted by your environment.

Senior Man and Woman Couple Sunset on BeachWhile your job alone does not dictate the development of sexual addiction, this is certainly a factor that should be considered when an individual is already struggling with a sexual intimacy disorder or sexual addiction.

It may be more difficult to break away from an industry that one might already be integrated in, but considering a career change or alternative job may be a helpful step for those who are dealing with a sex addiction.

Taking a leave of absence to re-evaluate how your career and environment in the movie industry is serving you is also needed to determine how to make decisions that best support your life moving forward.

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Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.

As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.

The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of addictions. These are not necessarily the views of Addiction Hope, but an effort to offer discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.

We at Addiction Hope understand that addictions result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.

Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on November 17, 2015
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