Identifying Sexual Addiction — What’s NOT a Sign

There can sometimes be a line between what is sexual addiction, and what is someone’s sexual preference or sexual drive. Someone can have a high sex drive and be more interested in sex or pornography than another person; however, this does not mean they have an addiction. Like most addictions, sexual addiction or pornography addiction […]

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Defining Addiction and how to Identify Process Addiction

Defining What is Sexual Addiction and What is Not In many aspects of Western Culture, sex is both out in the open and taboo. We encounter sex as a topic of music and song, movies or even used as a marketing tactic. However, we often don’t discuss the act of sex, and view each individual’s […]

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Setting boundaries as the partner of a sexual addict

As the partner of a sexual addict, you may wonder how to keep yourself healthy during your recovery process. One of the best ways to ensure you stay healthful and keep yourself strong is to set boundaries for yourself and your partner. These boundaries will help you establish guidelines for your recovery. What are boundaries? […]

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Stages of Recovery: moving forward as a couple

In past blogs, we’ve talked about the stages of recovery for partners of those with a sexual addiction. These partners go through stages of shock, grief and acceptance, much like someone experiencing the five stages of grief might go through. However, did you realize that as a couple, you will also experience similar stages of […]

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CONFESSIONS OF A SEX ADDICTION THERAPIST

My Patients Come and Go, That’s the Good News Usually, it’s the wife who calls me. She and Joe married five or ten years ago and have a couple of kids. He’s a professional. Both are college-educated. A few days ago, she saw something on his phone – a text string, a porn trail – […]

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Things to know as the partner of a recovering sex addict

As the partner of a sexual addict, you have probably been lied to, and learned that your partner covered up secret lives or manipulated you. It is understandable that most partners of sex addicts feel betrayed and violated after finding out about infidelity. However, if you have chosen to try to work through the addiction […]

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Rebuilding your relationship tips for partners

After a person who is addicted to sex or porn decides they want to overcome their addiction, it is up to them to change their behavior and hold themselves accountable (although there are steps and tools they can utilize.) However, when it comes to rebuilding the relationship between a recovering addict and their spouse or partner, both […]

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Dos and don’ts for the partners of sex addicts

After discovering a partner, spouse or loved one has a sexual addiction, you may put all your focus on your significant other. You may focus on how to help the addict and what steps can be taken to get them professional therapy. However, as the partner of someone with a sexual addiction, you will need […]

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Symptoms of sex addiction: What behaviors to look for in your partner

Over time, you may begin to notice changes in your partner or spouse’s behavior, and you may wonder, “Is my partner a sex addict?” Some behaviors alone might not be indicative of addiction; however, a combination of several behaviors could be a sign of sexual addiction. Here are four basic behaviors that may be symptoms […]

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Stay or go?

As the partner of a sex addict, one question you may have throughout the recovery process is whether you should stay in the relationship and try to work things out, or file for divorce or end the relationship. Usually, those asking themselves this question are highly invested in the relationship – maybe you’re married with children, […]

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