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Jada Pinkett Smith said she dealt with a sex addiction when she was younger —and the affliction is more complicated than you think


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In a recent episode of “Red Table Talk,” Jada Pinkett Smith said she dealt with sex addiction when she was younger.
She also said that she has had a gym addiction and an alcohol dependency.
The episode also featured Pinkett Smith’s mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, who opened up about her 20-year heroin addiction.

Jada Pinkett Smith knows that addiction can come in many forms.

In the latest episode of her Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk,” the actress revealed that she has battled various addictions, including one to sex.

“I definitely went through a sex addiction,” she said. “[I thought] everything could be fixed by sex.”

Pinkett Smith also said that, in other moments of her life, she dealt with a gym addiction and an alcohol dependency, sometimes drinking up to three bottles of wine a night.

“I remember reaching rock bottom,” she said. “That time I was in the house by myself, and I had those two bottles of wine and was going for the third bottle and it was like, ‘Now hold up. You’re in the house by yourself and you’re going into your third bottle of wine. You might have a problem.'”

The episode, which focused on the many ways addictions can manifest, featured: Pinkett Smith’s mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, who opened up about overcoming her 20-year battle with heroin; R&B singer August Alsina, who has dealt with addictions to alcohol and painkillers; and Will Smith’s younger sister Ashley Marie, who recently gave up marijuana, joined as well.

You’re not gonna want to miss today’s powerful #RedTableTalk.@jadapsmith’s mom Adrienne Banfield Norris opens up about her 20 year heroin addiction for the first time. @AugustAlsina and Will Smith’s sister Ashley Marie also discuss their own struggles: https://t.co/rXARLfbM9J pic.twitter.com/ybYmNPcppG

— Red Table Talk (@RedTableTalk) July 9, 2018

Pinkett Smith said that patterns of addiction run in her family, and implied that she is prone to addiction.

“I am a binger, and I always have to watch myself and how I can get obsessed with things,” she said.

Pinkett Smith has alluded to having had a sex addiction before.

In an episode of “Red Table Talk” from last month, in which Pinkett Smith revealed that her grandmother taught her how to “self-pleasure” when she was 9, she said that she went through a period in which she was masturbating about five times a day.

“I gave myself multiples first. Multiple orgasms. I was really into it at one point. Just because I was in an exploration state and I was abstaining from men,” Pinkett Smith said at the time. “And I actually think I went through kind of an addiction, too, with it. And then one day, I was like, ‘Enough. You’re having five orgasms a day.'”

Pinkett Smith’s account — in which she began to think of masturbation as a compulsion, rather than something to do as a recreational activity — lines up with other common descriptions of sex addiction.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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