Steve Phillips and his fellow celebrity sex addicts prove "all that's required to claim that a man's transgression is really a disease over which he is powerless is a large bank account, a small degree of fame, a clueless wife. And a straight face," writes Andrea Peyser in the New York Post. And the punishment is more like a prize: "Residential sex-addiction treatment. Sounds like a great way to meet horny chicks."
"Addictions are routinely compared to deadly diseases, such as cancer, by people who'd rather drink than put down the glass, the crack pipe, or—hopefully—the condom," Peyser continues. Twelve-step programs are increasingly used as an easy way out. "Steve, I beg you—stay away from wackos, young things, and the pleasantly plump. And leave the 12-step programs for people who want to be cured."