Sexual Addiction Screening Questionnaire*
- Were you sexually abused as a child or adolescent?
- Have you regularly subscribed to or regularly purchased
sexually explicit materials?
- Did either of your parents have trouble with sexual behavior
(repress or act inappropriate)?
- Do you often find yourself being preoccupied with sexual
- Do you (ever) feel that your sexual behavior is inappropriate?
- Does your spouse or significant other ever worry or complain
about your sexual behavior?
- Do you have trouble stopping your sexual behavior when
you know it is inappropriate?
- Do you ever feel bad (shameful or guilty) about your sexual
behavior (and then rationalize it)?
- Has your sexual behavior ever created problems for you
or your family (physically, emotionally, mentally, financially,
- Have you ever sought help for sexual behavior you did
not like or caused problems?
- Have you ever worried about people finding out about your
- Has anyone (ever) been hurt emotionally because of your
- Are any of your sexual activities against the law?
- Have you made promises to yourself to quit some aspect
of your sexual behavior?
- Have you made efforts to quit a type of sexual behavior
- Do you hide (or have you ever hidden) some aspects of
your sexual behavior from others?
- Does your sexual behavior put you at odds with your personal
or spiritual values/integrity?
- Have you ever felt degraded by your sexual behavior or
- Has sex been a way for you to escape your problems (or
- When you have sex, (that you question), do you often feel
- Have you felt (or do you now feel) the need to discontinue
a certain form of sexual activity?
- Has your sexual activity interfered with your family life?
- Have you been sexual with minors (or vulnerable adults)?
- Do you often feel controlled by your sexual desire?
- Do you frequent pornographic web sites or chat rooms
- Do you tend to sexualize others
- Do you rationalize your sexual behavior?
Check yes or no to the above. Affirmative answers
to 12 or more questions strongly suggest that sex is being
used like a drug of choice and may be an addiction.
on the SAST by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., with permission and
includes some adaptations and additions.