Back in the day, Dax Shepard got around. The 44-year-old appeared on Dr. Phil McGraw’s podcast "Phil in the Blanks" to dish on his pre-marriage sex life.
"I'd say I've had what could maybe be called a sex addiction at some point in my life," said Shepard, who has been married to Kristen Bell since 2013. "Not one that I had to seek treatment for, but..."
Well, McGraw, said, "There are worse addictions!"
"There are worse addictions, yes," Shepard said with a laugh.
Shepard recalled: "I would just say, 'I've had sex with a lot of people. I like to do it. It's healthy. Who cares? I'm not getting diseases. I'm single. Whatever.'"
He said realized he had a problem after a fight with a girlfriend he didn’t name.
"I hung up the phone, I was driving in the car and I immediately got horny," the actor recalled. "Now, that is a biochemical feeling; I'm getting a serotonin dump. Whatever I'm getting, that's a physiological thing: horniness. So, I'm just feeling authentically horny. And I think, 'Hmm, I'm going to text this girl I know.' And I text this girl—and there was a delay. And then I just had this moment of clarity. I was like, 'That's suspicious. I just felt disempowered by my girlfriend and immediately I got horny. Could me brain be, like, taking care of me?'"
McGraw concurred, but added later that it didn’t sound like a sexual addiction that warranted treatment. "For every thought you have there’s a physiological corollate," McGraw said. "There’s no thought that you have that’s there’s not some hydraulic in your body that goes along with it. I mean, think about a dill pickle. Think about biting into a dill pickle and crushing it, you feel it crunch. The vinegar explodes in your mouth. What happens? You start salivating, right? For every thought there’s something like that that happens."