Experts: Weiner case more about the chase than sex

By FRANK ELTMAN | June 15, 2011 | 2:44 AM EDT

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — New York congressman Anthony Weiner says he is seeking professional treatment following a sexting scandal, but what exactly is wrong with him?

Experts say the congressman's actions — making electronic sexual contact with strangers — mimic the characteristics of drug addicts, alcoholics or problem gamblers.

Robert Weiss, founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, says Weiner probably can't explain his actions because they are on some level inexplicable even to him.

Says Weiss: "I have a lot of empathy for him. He really doesn't understand why."

Weiner hasn't said where he is getting treatment. If he's opted for a residential treatment facility, there are a handful of options, including a Mississippi clinic where Tiger Woods reportedly sought help for his litany of marital indiscretions.