When it comes to addictions, the perception is that drugs and alcohol are the usual suspects.
But what happens when the drug of choice is sex?
Celebrity scandals and the latest in reality TV fare such as "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" chronicling celebrities' challenges with recovery and begs the question: What makes something an addiction?
Or to put it plainly: Is sex addiction a legitimate addiction?
"I definitely think it's valid," said Courtenay Chamberlin, clinical social worker at Behavioral Health Services of Washington County Hospital.
Therapist Carl Benedict elaborates.
"When people are in pain, people want to do what gives them relief," said Benedict, who heads a free, weekly support group at Behavioral Health Services for family members who are affected by a loved one's addictive behavior.
Benedict said if the pain is bad enough, people might do any thing to try to ease it in the short term, sometimes despite the long-term consequences. He gives the example of a person having a bad day at work.