One of them was that he'd been caught having an affair with his tennis instructor a woman and that he was undergoing rehab to save his marriage. Alas, it isn't so, says a close friend. Duchovny did not check in because of an extramarital fling. That much the friend is certain of. Even more so: Duchovny's problem has been longstanding.
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The term "sex addict" has been used as a punch line on television so often that it's hard to believe that it can actually be a serious addiction, like alcoholism. So when "X Files" star, David Duchovny, announced last week that he was entering rehab for treatment of a sexual addiction, it almost seemed like a fictional plotline for the Showtime series "Californication," on which Duchovny plays a sex-obsessed single dad. But for those affected, the ramifications of a sexual addiction are all too real, often leaving marriages, careers and bank accounts in ruins. For celebrities who are contending with sexual problems, there's often the added humiliation of having their difficulties made public. This summer, the tabloids were filled with lurid stories of out-of-control spending on Internet porn by Peter Cook, husband of model Christie Brinkley. And of course, in Hollywood, tales of actors risking their reputations by picking up street prostitutes are too numerous to mention. What exactly constitutes a sexual addiction?
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Stars who have been involved in sex scandals have become the public face of sex addiction, even when they haven't acknowledged that they have the disorder. As many as 12 million Americans have a sex addiction , according to the American Association for Family and Marriage Therapy. Some notable celebrities have fessed up to having sexual addictions, in which people are unable to control their sexual urges despite the damage done to their lives and their loved ones. The drama surrounding alleged celebrity addictions and sex scandals provides much public titillation, but also offers lessons for people considering sexual addiction treatment. Michael Douglas was one of the first celebrities said to have a sex addiction.
Whatever the case, David Duchovny, who plays a sex-crazed writer on Showtime's "Californication," seems to be having trouble breaking character; the actor is currently being treated for sex addiction at a rehab facility. Duchovny, 48, has been married since to actress Tea Leoni, with whom he has a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son. Showtime, which will begin airing the show's second season in September, released a statement after Duchovny's announcement, saying, "All of us at Showtime wish David and his family the best during this very private time.